Romany Malco biography

The Love Guru

Romany Malco

Date of Birth: November 18, 1968

Romany Malco began his career in the spotlight at the age of seven, when he picked up a microphone and started rapping, calling himself "Kid Nice." When he was a teenager, he formed R.M.G., which became the most popular rap group in his hometown of Baytown, Texas. In the early 1990s, Romany and the group moved to Los Angeles where they were signed by Virgin Records and changed their name to College Boyz.

Their first big hit was Victim of the Ghetto, which went to number one on the rap charts. In 1997, Romany was working as a music producer on actor/producer/writer John Leguizamo's movie The Pest when Leguizamo, impressed by Romany's gift of gab, encouraged him to pursue acting.

Romany made his acting debut the next year with a guest role on the hit television series Touched by an Angel. A guest appearance on the WB television series For Your Love followed. In 1999, Romany made his big screen debut in Urban Men (1999), starring Snoop Dogg and Ice-T, who had become his friends during his rapping days. More roles in Ice-T/Snoop Dogg features followed, and in 2000, Romany landed a recurring role as a technology-savvy member of the secret service in the UPN series Level 9, filmed in Vancouver.

The same year, he got a chance to show off his comedic talents when director Jesse Peretz cast Romany in his comedy The Château (2002). Romany and Peretz first met on a commercial shoot, when Romany was working in craft service. The two quickly became friends. "I just thought he was the funniest guy on Earth," said Peretz. Although Romany originally auditioned for a smaller role in The Château , the producers were so impressed by him that they decided to make one of the brothers black, casting Romany in the co-starring role opposite Paul Rudd.

In 2001 Romany's rapping background came in handy when he was chosen to play the lead in the TV movie Too Legit: The MC Hammer Story. His first role in a major Hollywood feature soon followed with a supporting role in Jackie Chan's The Tuxedo (2002). Since then, Romany has appeared in several other big films, such as The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005), Blades of Glory (2007)and Think Like a Man (2012), to name just a few. He's also starred in television series like Weeds, No Ordinary Family, The Good Wife and Unsupervised.

Most recently, Romany returned to theaters in the comedy Night School (2018) where he appeared alongside Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish.

Romany married former ice skater Taryn Dahka in 2008 after the two met on the set of the film The Love Guru (2008) where Dahka played Jessica Alba's body double.

Romany Malco Filmography


The Love Guru

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  87 min.
Release Date: June 20, 2008
DVD: September 16, 2008

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Cast: Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, Justin Timberlake, Romany Malco, Meagan Good, Omid Djalili, Ben Kingsley, Verne Troyer