- Darius McCrary is an African-American actor, singer, rapper, and producer who was born in Walnut, Califonia
- The 47-year-old has been married and divorced three times
- He is a philanthropist with two children and is the founder of the FatherCare foundation
Darius McCrary has been an actor for over three decades now and is popularly known for his role in the ABC/CBS TV series, Family Matters, wherein he plays Eddie Winslow. He is also famous for True to The Game (2020), Star (2016), and songs like Shaky Bridges (2018), Ring Them Bells ( 2016), and Lets’ Get Away (2015).
Over the years of his career, he has gained both fame and coveted recognition. For instance, he was nominated three times for the Young Artist Award under different categories like Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy and Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series.
Darius McCrary’s Parents and Early Life
Darius Creston McCrary was born on May 1, 1976, in Walnut, California to Howard McCrary and Sharron McCrary. His father was a singer, composer, music director, and a Grammy-nominated artist for Best Soul Gospel Performance – Male. He grew up alongside his brother, Donovan McCary, who is also an actor.
The celebrity had his early education in Los Angeles. Darius developed a passion for acting at an early age. Although a lot of his early life events remain undisclosed, the celebrity is said to have learned how to play some musical instruments while growing up.
He Started His Career at the Age of 11
Darius’s career began at 11 with the inspiration he got from his father to become an actor. Following this, he made his debut in the lead role in the film Big Shots (1987). Subsequently, he appeared in films and TV Shows like Mississippi Burning (1989), Park Day (1998), and Family Matters (1988-98) which brought him to stardom.
He received 3 nominations for the Young Artist Award under different categories which are:
- Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy (1988) for Big Shots.
- Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama (1989) for Mississippi Burning
- Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series (1993) for Family Matters
In 2000, he had a lead role in a Christian drama, Something to Sing About, and the following year he worked with celebrities like Robert De Niro and Whoopi Golberg in the movie 15 minutes.
As Creston’s acting career kept soaring, he also had a passion for music like his father. So in 2010, he went into music. The thespian was good with instruments like the piano, drums, guitar, and harmonica. He would later form a band known as The D-List.
In 2016, he released an album titled All About You under the record label Gypsy City Music. The following year, he released a video of one of the songs in the album titled Add to Me.
The Family Matters Actor Has Been Married and Divorced Three Times
The entertainer has been wedded three times; to Juliette Vann, Karrine Steffans, and Tammy Brawner. His last union lasted three years which was the longest he had spent in his marriage. He has two children, one from the union and the other from a fling he had with a lady.
His First Marriage Was to Juliette Vann
Darius McCrary and Juliette Vann started dating in 2005. Where and how they met hasn’t been confirmed yet, perhaps they met in Vegas where she worked as a Las Vegas showgirl. Four months into the relationship, the pair decided to tie the Knot.
Shortly after their wedding, the relationship turned sour due to some marital issues. McCrary filed for divorce on April 21, 2006, in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Sadly, the reasons for the divorce were not divulged to the public.
McCrary’s Second Marriage to Karrine Steffans
After his divorce in 2006, Darius started dating his longtime friend, Karrine Steffans, an African-American author, actress, video vixen, and mother of one. The friendship elevated to a serious relationship that led to his second marriage in 2009.
Subsequently, the couple began to have some nuptial problems which turned out to be volatile. The vixen claimed her husband abused her twice. In her statement filed to the court, McCrary strangled her from behind and beat her with a belt during an argument they had in February 2010. According to her, the alleged incident was witnessed by her 12-year-old son, Naim Wilson.
The second abuse, she claims, was in November 2010. He allegedly choked and pushed her into the car in front of a large crowd at Sunset Marquis Hotel. This ultimately led to their divorce the following year.
Darius McCrary’s Third Marriage to Tammy Brawner
In 2014, Creston married Tammy Brawner, an actress, TV producer, entrepreneur, and entertaining athlete. She played for the Harlem Globetrotters—an American exhibition basketball team that combines athleticism, theatre, and comedy in their style of play.
Their relationship was alleged to have started after Darius’s second divorce although there is no exact date for when they started dating. They welcomed a child in 2015 and two years after, the athlete filed a divorce with a claim of domestic violence and child abuse against Darius.
He was ordered by the court to stay 100 meters away from Tammy and the child until the next court case. The divorce was finalized in 2019, and Tammy was given custody of their daughter.
Darius McCrary Is a Proud Father of Two
The singer is now a single father who has two children from his previous relationships. His first child named Zecharia came from a fling he had with a mysterious lady from Michigan. And his second, Zoey, was birthed by his third wife, Tammy Brawner.
Darius shares legal guardianship with both mothers of his children. According to him, he enjoys being a father as it reminds him of the essence of life and living. However, he battled for custody of both children and it seems the mothers have custody of the children. According to one of his posts on social media in 2021, Zecharia’s mother tries to keep his son away from him and is trying to use the child as a bargaining chip.
Although the singer was arrested for failing to pay child support in 2014, Darius tries to maintain a good relationship with his children. Zecharia is currently 13 years old and Zoey Zanai Mccrary (September 28, 2015) is 7.
How Much Is Darius McCrary’s Net Worth?
Darius McCrary’s net worth has not been confirmed. Although so many sites have given their estimations of how much the artist is worth. According to Salary.com, the average salary for actors in the United State is $59,725 which sums to $716,700 yearly. Though the range varies on factors like education qualification, experiences, and additional skills.
Based on that, and the fact that he has also made money from his music career, it is estimated that Darius Mccrary has a net worth of at least $1 million. Darius is a philanthropist; the founder of FathersCare, an organization under the McCrary Foundation umbrella which was founded by his father.
FatherCare is a non-profit organization that entrusts fathers with resources, education, practical assistance, and legal networks. The organization hopes to significantly improve the relationships between fathers and their children through these.