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10 Things You Don’t Know About Shemar Moore

From his forgotten hosting days to his secret passions!

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He’s played tough guy Derek Morgan on “Criminal Minds” for more than a decade, but in real life he’s a creative softie who loves his mama! The 45-year-old former soap hunk also has strong feelings about Halle Berry, sports, commitment — and loud color schemes. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Shemar Moore.

1. World traveler Shemar grew up with his teacher mom in Bahrain, Denmark and Boston before finishing high school in Palo Alto, Calif.

2. Shemar was the presenter when Susan Lucci famously won a Daytime Emmy after 19 nominations.

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3. He went to college on a baseball scholarship and started modeling to pay the bills.

4. He romanced Halle Berry after her 1996 split from David Justice. He said: “I’m still grateful for that relationship.”

5. He hosted “Soul Train” from 1999 to 2003.

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6. The role of Malcolm on “The Young and the Restless” earned Shemar a Best Supporting Actor Daytime Emmy in 2000.

7. An avid interior decorator, he did his own house and remodeled his mom’s, too. “My style is sort of a Spanish-y Moroccan vibe; no bright colors,” he said.

8. While playing Agent Derek Morgan, he ad-libbed a line and called his character’s best pal, Penelope Garcia, “Baby Girl” in an early “Criminal Minds” episode — and it stuck!

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9. Single Shemar assured: “When I do tie the knot, it will be one time, for good.”

10. He’s half-Irish and a Boston Red Sox fan.