Kadeem Hardison is an American actor, writer, director, and producer from Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York. Kadeem Hardison has been active in the movie industry for over four decades and is mostly known for playing Dwayne Cleophus Wayne in A Different World, an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 1984 to July 1993.
The 58-year-old-Kadeem Hardison was married to Chante Moore, an American singer, in 1997 but the marriage did not last as they divorced in 2000
He made his professional debut in 1981 when he appeared in “The Color of Friendship” episode of the anthology series, ABC Afterschool Specials. Since then, Hardison has portrayed a vast range of characters across dozens of small and big screen productions. Most recently, he played Wilkerson in a television movie titled Psych 2: Lassie Come Home and Browser Simmons in Teenage Bounty Hunters.
Given the years he has spent in the movie industry, it is only natural that Kadeem has spread his wings from acting to directing and producing projects. Nothing suggests he has plans to retire in the nearest future and the fact that he has been a part of the industry for so long is one of the reasons people are curious about his age.
Apart from his age, some aspects of his personal life and family background have been subjected to speculations. For instance, several credible platforms have reported that he is an only child whereas others insist he has six siblings. You would soon learn the fact about that alongside other details of his life and career.
The 58 Years Old Actor Was Born and Raised In Brooklyn, New York
It was on the 24th of July 1965 that the American actor was born and his place of birth was in Brooklyn, New York, which is also where he was raised. Kadeem Hardison was born to Bethann Hardison and Donald McFadden. From what we gathered, his father is an antique and fine art collector whereas his mother is a former runway model who worked with Ford Modeling Agency and currently works as a model scout; in addition to being a producer and actress.
For reasons that are not clear, his parents’ marriage came to an end when he was young and his mother became responsible for his upbringing. But then, Bethann’s career meant that she traveled a lot. So little Kadeem was often left in the care of an aunt named Marta and his grandmother, Sophie.
While much is yet to be learned about his father, it’s no secret that Kadeem thinks highly of his mother who is considered a pioneering African-American figure in modeling. He once described her as his driving force and the source of his ambitious nature.
It is said that Kadeem’s mother wanted him to become a model and nudged him in that direction. She also encouraged him to pursue a career in acting as she got him enrolled in acting classes when he was only nine years old.
Who Are Kadeem Hardison’s Siblings?
One area of Kadeem Hardison’s life that has been shrouded in mystery revolves around his siblings. For a long time, it was believed that he is an only child with no siblings. This was based on the reports of credible sources which described him as the only child of his parents, Bethann Hardison and Donald McFadden.
But somewhere along the years, some bloggers and celebrity gossip sites started reporting that he has siblings. As one would expect, the credibility of these reports was questioned until 2016 when the actor made a post online that gave some credence to the claims about him having siblings.
On the 10th of April 2016, Kadeem Hardison shared a picture of him and two ladies whom he referred to as his “baby sisters” on Instagram to celebrate National Siblings Day. In all, while it is still widely held that he is an only child, it is believed in some quarters that he has six siblings named Michael McFadden Hardison, Caroline Hardison, John Hardison, Gretchen Hardison, Myles Hardison, and Nydia Hardison.
Kadeem Hardison Made His Professional Debut At Age 14 After Taking Acting Classes
Kadeem Hardison was only nine years old when he started taking acting classes. He is a theatre-trained actor who has portrayed various characters in several productions of the Eubie Blake Theatre.
He made his professional screen debut at the age of 14 when he appeared in “The Color of Friendship” episode of the TV series, ABC Afterschool Specials; this was in 1981. Since then, he has portrayed at least 96 characters across the small and big screens.
His first movie role was in 1984’s Beat Street wherein he played a High School Student. Before the decade ran out, he was seen in other movies like Rappin’, Enemy Territory, School Daze, and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.
The 1990s was a busy decade for him, he played various characters in no fewer than nine movies, including Def by Temptation, White Men Can’t Jump, Renaissance Man, Vampire in Brooklyn, The 6th Man, and Blind Faith. His most recent big-screen project is the 2019 comedy-drama film, Paddleton, wherein he played David.
Playing Dwayne Cleophus Wayne in A Different World isn’t only his most notable TV role but also the work that has defined his career. Kadeem Hardison was a major cast of the sitcom that ran from 1987 t0 1993. His next major TV role had him portray Charles Gordon in Between Brothers, another sitcom from 1997 to 1999.
This was followed by yet another, Abby, wherein he played Will Jefferies. The actor is also known for being Craig Cooper in K.C. Undercover, Spencer in Black Monday, Paz in Cult, and Charles Atwood in Just for Kicks.
Meet Kadeem Hardison’s Famous Ex-wife, Chanté Moore
Chante Moore is an American singer-songwriter, actress, television personality, and author from San Francisco, California. The 56 years old born to Christian Evangelist parents on the 17th of February 1967 rose to fame in the early 1990s and soon became one of the most celebrated R&B singers in the United States. Moore is currently engaged to former BET Executive, Stephen G. Hill. If they eventually get married, he would be the third husband of the “Love’s Taken Over” singer.
Her second was the American singer-songwriter, Kenny Lattimore. They got married on New Year’s Day of 2002 in Jamaica, welcomed their son Kenny Lattimore Jr. on the 10th of April 2003, and announced that they had divorced in July 2011.
For a long time, it was believed that Kadeem Hardison is the first husband of Chante Moore. But then in her 2014 autobiographical book titled Will I Marry Me? the singer disclosed that her first marriage was to a childhood friend whom she married in 1991. Based on what she shared, she started dating this childhood friend when she was in sixth grade and had her first kiss with her when she was 13 years old.
So, Kadeem isn’t the first husband of the famous singer, just as she is not his first love. Before her, the actor dated Cree Summer who is also an American actress and singer. Summer and Kadeem were co-stars in A Different World and they both won the hearts of many viewers with their performances on the show.
What many people didn’t know was that they dated for at least a year while working on the show. It was after they parted ways that the actor met Chante Moore whom he eventually married. Meanwhile, Cree later got married to Angelo Pullen with whom she has two daughters: Brave Littlewing and Hero Peregrine.
Kadeem Hardison and Chanté Moore Met In 1993 and Got Married In 1997
While we are yet to uncover details regarding how they met, it is believed that the former couple first met in 1993. As the story goes, they fell in love later that year when they were both picked to co-present an award at the NAACP Image Awards.
According to the R&B singer, they went backstage to talk to the press after they presented the award and Kadeem grabbed her hand at the press room and held on to it the rest of the night. This presumably marked the beginning of their relationship.
Things were so good between the two that it inspired several songs in Moore’s 1994 album, A Love Supreme. Among other things, elements like falling in love with the right person and building a long-term relationship were explored in the album which peaked at number 11 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and number 64 on the US Billboard 200. While they dated and indeed all the time they spent together, they judiciously kept the relationship away from the prying eyes of the public.
Kadeem and Chanté were so protective of what they had that it is difficult to tell when exactly they got married. It is only known that they had their only child together before they got married sometime in 1997. According to most reports, they had a secret wedding. It was not even known that they were engaged when it emerged that they had gotten married.
Why Did The Actor Divorce His Wife In 2000?
Kadeem Hardison and Chanté Moore were together for roughly seven years before they went their separate ways. Out of the seven, they were married for three years. Reports have it that it was Hardison that filed for a divorce, asking for joint custody of their daughter. Their divorce was finalized in 2000 and people haven’t ceased trying to figure out why their marriage ended.
There have been several speculations about the reasons behind their divorce, prominent among them are claims that the actor was an atheist which the singer disliked. It is also said that Kadeem was physically abusive towards Chante. While the latter claim hasn’t been substantiated in any way, there seems to be some truth in the former.
In a rare instance, the actor expressed that the marriage perished because Chante Moore became very religious along the way. Cheating allegations have also been made in some quarters but it holds no water like the claims about physical abuse as the former couple has been on good terms since their marriage packed up.
Several times the singer talked about the actor, she has had only nice things to say. An instance was in an episode of the TV series, R&B Divas LA. She described their relationship as a “real honest love”, disclosing that they still care about each other.
For Moore, Kadeem would always be a part of her family not only because he is the father of her daughter, but also because he is her friend. In another instance, she proclaimed that Kadeem Hardison is a great dad, that although she is no longer in love with him, she loves him as one would love a family member.
Meet Kadeem Hardison’s Only Child, Sophia Hardison
It is already clear from the foregoing that the Hardison-Moore marriage produced a child. The former couple welcomed their only child in 1996, precisely on the 27th of September, before they got married in 1997.
Sophia is currently 27 years old and both of her parents have been actively involved in her upbringing, she has a great bond with both Kadeem and Chante. Sophia is quite popular online with thousands of followers. Nothing indicates she has an interest in building a career in the entertainment industry like her parents.
Who Is Kadeem Hardison Dating Right Now?
To the best of our knowledge, the actor has only been romantically linked to Darlena Tejeiro since the end of his marriage with Chante Moore. Tejeiro is an actress from Union City, New Jersey. If she and the actor truly dated, then the relationship began and ended in 2003.
Over the years that followed, it is possible that Kadeem has loved a few women but has been very discreet about it. In recent times, it has been rumored that the actor and his ex-wife Chante have ignited their love. This has not been confirmed in any meaningful way and as far as we know, it is the friendship of the former couple that has been fueling the rumors.
What is Kadeem Hardison’s Age? | How Old Is Kadeem Hardison?
Kadeem Hardison is 58 years old. He was born on 24th July 1965 in Brooklyn, New York.
How Tall Is Kadeem Hardison?
Kadeem stands at 5 Feet 11½ Inches or 1.82 meters tall.
What is Kadeem Hardison’s Net Worth?
Hardison has a net worth of $2 million.
Who is Kadeem Hardison’s Wife?
Kadeem Hardison was married to Chanté Moore, an R&B singer. They were married in 1997 and have a daughter named Sophia together. However, the couple divorced in 2000. Since then, there has been little public information about Hardison’s personal relationships, and it’s not clear if he has remarried.