Malcolm Mays plays “Kevin Hamilton,” Franklin's childhood friend. Animated and curious, Kevin immediately wants to be part of Franklin's new enterprise, while Franklin worries Kevin lacks the proper temperament for the job.
Los Angeles born and raised, Malcolm Mays has continued to pursue a multi-faceted career as an actor, musician and filmmaker. Mays can be seen in the John Singleton series Rebel for BET Networks where he plays a character named "Brim." Rebel is a police drama that follows the obstacles that officers of color have with their job. This show is very timely, given the current climate in our country.
Mays is currently developing a film with John Singleton called Flint and previously wrote, produced, directed and starred in the film Covers.
He has played a supporting role in the Antoine Fuqua / Weinstein Company feature Southpaw opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Mays played the lead role of "Tahime" in the Millennium film Life Of A King opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. and Dennis Haysbert. He also starred in the Storyland thriller H8RZ and the independent film Love Is All You Need? opposite Tyler Blackburn and Briana Evigan.
In 2013, he made a name for himself in music when he was nominated for a Grammy® Award for collaboration with Tristan Wilds in the category for Best Urban Contemporary Album for New York: A Love Story.
Mays co-directed and produced his first feature film called Trouble at the age of 17 alongside producer Todd Black, Gary Martin of Sony Pictures, Kodak Films and the New Filmmaker Grant from Panavision. Trouble aimed to shed light on the African-American and Latin-American (Black vs. Brown) tension in South Central Los Angeles. The New York Times found his story to be so compelling that they printed a front page article about it titled, “Based on a True Story.”
At age 15, May’s short film Open Door was accepted into the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival. Shortly after, he wrote and produced a different short film, alongside Charles Penniman, named Divison which was executive produced by Glasses Malone of Cash Money Records.