Theo is the only son of Cliff and Clair. He gets into some trouble as a teenager (he is 14 when the show starts) and he has some real struggles with school. He's mostly interested in sports, going out and impressing girls. Though by the time he goes to college he is a high achiever academically and it's also discovered that he has dyslexia.
MALCOLM-JAMAL WARNER Named after Malcolm X and jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, Warner made his TV debut on "Matt Houston" in 1983. A year later, he was cast as Theodore "Theo" Huxtable. Malcolm-Jamal made guest appearances on "A Different World" and starred in several TV and video projects devoted to community awareness, including "The Real Malcolm X." The young actor was given his first chance to direct on "The Cosby Show." He later directed episodes of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and "Kenan and Kel." Most recently he was featured in an episode of the new show, "Hawthorne," with Jada Pinkett-Smith.