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Michael E. Warren Edit Profile

actor , basketball player

Michael Warren is an American TV actor and former college basketball player, best known for playing Officer Bobby Hill on the NBC television series Hill Street Blues.

Background

Mike Warren grew up in South Bend, Indiana and attended Central High School, where as a senior he was class president.

Education

University of Wyoming (Bachelor of Science). University of Wyoming (Juris Doctor).

Career

He was twice named to the Indiana all-state team. In 1992, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. Warren played college basketball at UCLA, where he was a three-year varsity letterman and starting guard from 1966 to 1968.

Led by Lew Alcindor, the Bruins posted records of 30–0 in 1967 and 29–1 in 1968. Both teams, coached by legendary coach John Wooden, captured the NCAA national championship. Warren, the smallest Bruins starter at 5' 11", averaged 12.4 points as a junior in 1967.

He was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team and was a consensus All-American in 1968, one of three on that UCLA team along with Alcindor and guard Lucius Allen. The team is considered one of the best in college basketball history. Alcindor and Warren later crossed paths when Warren was an extra in the hospital flashback scene in the 1980 feature film Airplane! Warren was inducted into the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame.

Warren would go on to work as an actor in television. In addition to his starring role on Hill Street Blues, he had an earlier role on The White Shadow, a co-starring role on the CBS series City of Angels, a recurring role on the Showtime series Soul Food, and as a guest star as Jason on Marcus Welby, M.D. Before Hill Street Blues, in 1974 he played the role of park ranger P. J. Lewis on the NBC adventure series Sierra, and in 1979, he starred as police officer Willie Miller on the CBS crime drama Paris, the first effort by Hill Street Blues executive producer Steven Bochco.

He guest starred in "In the House" opposite LL Cool J as Debbie Allen's ex-husband. He also guest starred on the Fox sitcom Living Single as Khadijah's father, and later portrayed Joan's father on the UPN/CW sitcom Girlfriends. Warren played Darrin Dewitt Henson's boss on the Showtime show, Soul Food, in which he played hustler-turned-entrepreneur, Baron Marks.

He had a recurring role on the ABC Family series, Lincoln Heights, as Spencer Sutton, Eddie's father. In 1996, he was on the Early Edition episode Hoops. In 2002 he appeared in "Normal Again", an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as a psychiatrist trying to convince Buffy Summers she is delusional.

His film work includes the 1970s cult classic Norman. Is That You? with Redd Foxx and Pearl Bailey and as basketball player Easley in the 1971 film Drive, He Said directed by Jack Nicholson. In 2010, Warren appeared in the critically acclaimed independent film Anderson's Cross playing the father of the lead character Nick Anderson.

He received some of the best reviews of his career.

Achievements

  • First-team All-AAWU (1968)2009 Pac-10 Hall of Honor inducteeUCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, 199014th round pick in the 1968 NBA Draft.

Works

Religion

Warren has two daughters named Koa and Makayla, and two sons, Grayson Warren and Cash Warren. Cash Warren is married to actress Jessica Alba.

Connections

Married Susie W.; children: Koa, Cash.

spouse:
Susie W.

child:
Koa Warren

child:
Cash Warren