Marcus Scribner: What We Know About The Black-ish Star and His Parents

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If you’ve seen ABC’s hit show Black-ish, then you’re definitely familiar with Marcus Scribner and his impeccable comedic timing. While Anthony Anderson is undeniably the star of the sitcom series, one can absolutely say that Marcus Scribner is the breakout star on the show – which is saying something considering the show also stars Tracee Ellis Ross, Yara Shahidi, Marsai Martin, Deon Cole, and Jenifer Lewis.

On Black-ish, he plays Andre “Junior” Johnson Jr., the son of the lead characters (Dre and Rainbow) and the typical nerd archetype. Junior is technologically savvy and a huge fan of fictional fantasy worlds which leads to him sticking out like a sore thumb amongst his more shallow family members (like his father and older sister) and the rest of the world. However, Junior’s unique standpoint and difference from most of the show’s characters is what makes him a delight to watch and allows him to create many comedic highlights of the episodes.

Scribner’s excellent portrayal of Junior made him a very interesting subject for fans of the show which further boosted the need to know everything about him.

Who is Marcus Scribner and How Old is He?

Marcus Scribner is an American actor and voice actor born on the 7th of January, 2000 at the famous Cedar-Sinai Medical Center which is arguably one of the most well-known hospitals in the world. The non-profit hospital in the exclusive Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles has witnessed the birth of many other celebrities including Frances Bean Cobain, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (Michael Jackson’s son), Valentina Paloma Pinault (Salma Hayek’s daughter), Harper Beckham (David Beckham’s daughter) and Saint West (Kim Kardashian’s son).

Marcus’ name was gotten from Greek and Roman mythology just like that of his father ‘Troy’ and his younger sister, ‘Athena’. He also has a dog named Zeus. When he was younger, Marcus attended a mainly Jewish elementary school and took up acting when he was just seven years old. Initially, he was a shy kid and primarily involved in sports but after he took an acting class, he fell in love with it. That notwithstanding, he still enjoys sports like lacrosse and basketball, as well as video games. Although he is not a musician, Marcus Scribner also plays the Clarinet.

His Acting Career and Meteoric Rise to Fame

The young actor began his professional career at the age of 10 when he scored a role in the ABC television show, Castle. Afterward, he appeared on the Fox hit show – New Girl along with Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson, and Max Greenfield. He was later cast in the Nickelodeon sitcom – Wendell & Vinnie for a minor role. Marcus didn’t get a major role until he was fourteen (which can be early for a lot of people) when he was cast in Black-ish.

Being cast in a major role on a major network was a big deal and a career turning point for the actor. He had beat Anthony Anderson’s actual son, Nathan, to be cast in the role of Anthony Anderson’s character’s son. From his excellent work on the show though, it’s hard to imagine anyone else in the role of Junior. He auditioned for the role when he was only thirteen and the pilot was filmed a year later. He explains that auditioning for the role was somewhat easier for him since he strongly identified with the character he was asked to play.

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For the role of Junior, he won an ‘NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Performance by a Youth’ in 2016. Other actors to have won the prestigious award include Denzel Washinton, LeVar Burton, Raven-Symoné, Keke Palmer and Lynn Whitfield. It is safe to say that in such a prestigious league, his career is off to a good start.

Besides Black-ish Marcus Scribner has also appeared in The Good Dinosaur (2015), Alexander IRL (2017), Castle (2010), New Girl (2012), Wedding Band (2012), Wendell & Vinnie (2013), American Dad! (2016), Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh (2016), She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018), etc.

Who are His Parents and Family Members?

Marcus was born into a close-knit American family that he is very fond of. While his father is known to be Troy Scribner, his mother’s name is currently not known. Marcus Scribner is well known to be American but he is also multiracial. The young actor, just like his character on Black-Ish, is of mixed ethnicity, thanks to his mother (who is half black and half white). His father’s family is originally from Los Angeles, while his maternal grandmother is from England.

Marcus isn’t the only child of his parents. He has a younger sister whose name is given as Athena Scribner. Details do not abound regarding his sister and what she is up to at the moment.

Does Marcus Scribner Have a Girlfriend?

Since his rise to fame, there has been news about his personal life here and there but no reports of any girlfriends. His love life has been notoriously quiet which is understandable considering his age. However, on the fictional front, his character on Black-ish – Junior was in a relationship with a white blonde girl with blue eyes.

His bi-racial relationship in the series was a subject of the episode plot as Junior’s mother struggled to deal with her unresolved feeling towards her mixed racial identity. The actress who played Junior’s girlfriend is Annelise Grace, an actress & model who is represented by Mavrick Models in Los Angeles.