Romany Romanic Malco, Jr. (born November 18, 1968) is an American actor and music producer. He has been nominated for several awards, including an NAACP Image Award, MTV Movie Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. Malco portrayed Conrad Shepard on the Showtime series Weeds. He most recently played George St. Cloud on the ABC primetime one-hour drama No Ordinary Family.
Malco is often mistakenly credited for doing one of the raps as MC Skat Kat on the Grammy award-winning "Opposites Attract", a duet with Paula Abdul. On October 29, 2013 he told Wendy Williams on her talk show that he wrote the rap, but did not perform it. He mentioned running into Paula Abdul and asking her, "Who keeps telling people that I'm the cat?" and she responded, "I do, it makes a better story." Malco said that Derrick 'Delite' Stevens was the one that rapped the duet with Abdul.
Malco was born in Brooklyn, New York. His family is from Trinidad, with extended relatives in Venezuela. As a teen, he moved to Baytown, Texas and attended Ross S Sterling High School. After graduation, he formed the rap group R.M.G., and upon relocating to Los Angeles, the crew signed a deal with Virgin Records. The group's name was changed to College Boyz and "Victim of the Ghettoâ off their album Radio Fusion Radio went to #2 on the rap charts.
In 2008 he married former ice skater Taryn Dahka. She is the body double for Jessica Alba. They met in 2007 on the set of the 2008 film The Love Guru. They reside in Los Angeles.
Malco was working as a music producer on The Pest when John Leguizamo, impressed by his dynamic personality, encouraged Romany to pursue acting. He went on to play Jay in Judd Apatowâs 2005 film The 40 Year Old Virgin and as Conrad Shepard in the Showtime television series Weeds. He played supporting roles in films such as Blades of Glory, The Love Guru, and Baby Mama.
He appeared in 2011's A Little Bit Of Heaven and the Gulliver's Travels adaptation. In the fall of 2010, Malco appeared as a member of the ABC primetime one-hour drama No Ordinary Family. He also appeared as a guest host on the popular YouTube series, "Equals Three", on the episode T-Painful.
On July 17, 2013 Malco wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on the Trayvon Martin Verdict. In it, he chastised the media for sensationalizing the verdict to improve their ratings. He stated "Hundreds of blacks die annually without even a blurb. Trayvon isn't in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that." Malco bemoaned the usual negative images of blacks by the same media that now purports to side with Martin. He asks for an end to reinforcing negative stereotypes from within the black community and suggests that "Education, introspection, self-love and excellence are the only ways to overcome the wrath of ignorance."
Awards and nominations
- 2008 - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
- 2007 - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
MTV Movie Awards
- 2006 - Best Breakthrough Performance (The 40-Year-Old Virgin)
- 2006 - Best On-Screen Team (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) [Shared with Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen]
Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 2007 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (Weeds)
- Romany Malco at the Internet Movie Database