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Malcolm Jamal Warner has played a son, Theo Huxtable, on the Cosby Show for years, but now he gets to play dad in real life!

That’s right, after a number of years and celebrity relationships, the 46-year-old welcomed his first child into the world.

“I am elated over Malcolm’s new child,” says Phynjuar Thomas, a friend of Warner’s whose daughter Michelle Thomas dated the actor and played his girlfriend on “The Cosby Show” from 1988 until 1990. Warner was by Michelle’s side when she died of cancer in 1998 at the age of 30. Phynjuar and Warner have stayed friends.

“I love him,” she says, adding that the baby is about a week old. “I hope they name the baby after me. Phynjuar is a beautiful name.”

We’re told that the mom is an attorney from Bridgeport, Conn., and that she and Warner are “very much in love.”

Warner will be busy with his new bundle of joy, but he’s already busy with a number a music and film projects.

He is currently directing, producing and acting in a number short films.

One of his latest projects is a short film just released called, You Can’t Hear Me.

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