The Mowry siblings are well known as an acting family. Identical twins Tia and Tamera famously starred in Sister, Sister, while their younger brother Tahj has a list of acting credits including Smart Guy, Kim Possible and Full House. But did you know that there’s a fourth sibling in the family? That would be Tavior Mowry, and his story is a very interesting one.
The four Mowry siblings are the children of Darlene and Timothy Mowry. Darlene and Timothy had originally met in high school; after that, however, both of them joined the U.S. Army and individually made it to the ranking of sergeant. Then, when the couple decided to start a family, the twin girls came along first. Tahj arrived next, and then Tavior was born.
And Tia and Tamera were the first of the family to catch the showbiz bug, it seems. As children, the twins took part in talent shows while their family lived at Fort Hood, Texas. Then, eventually, the 12-year-old sisters persuaded Darlene to take them to California so that they could try acting. That proved to be a very worthwhile decision, all told.
Tia, Tamera and Tahj all subsequently made appearances on the show Full House as children – and this proved to be especially beneficial for the twins’ careers. After a producer spotted Tia and Tamera on that show, they were cast in the main roles in Sister, Sister – a sitcom about twins who were removed from each other at birth and then brought back together as teenagers.
Ultimately, Sister, Sister became a huge success. And not long after that, Tahj had his own hit, as he became the star of the sitcom Smart Guy – about a super-intelligent 12-year-old called T.J. Henderson. But although Tahj loved acting, he also had a passion for sports. At that point in his life, his big ambition was to be a football player in the NFL.
And that was an ambition shared by Tahj’s brother and the youngest Mowry sibling, Tavior. Tavior wanted nothing more than to play football, and while his siblings concentrated on acting, he set his mind to a career on the field. The children’ parents dealt with their kids’ goals appropriately, though; Darlene took charge of her offspring’s lives on camera, while Timothy handled their sporting dreams.
Then, as Tavior grew older, he found himself well on his way to becoming a football star. He trained hard, and people began to notice how talented he was; eventually, he even won a scholarship to the University of California, Davis. But while everything seemed to be falling into place for Tavior, disaster eventually hit: he suffered an injury bad enough to end his football career.
So, Tavior had to suddenly reconfigure his entire life. After college, he took a job in wine sales and began to focus on music instead. But the youngest Mowry child found life difficult sometimes. When he heard artists whom he liked playing on the radio, it disappointed him to realize that their music sounded different from his.
Tavior didn’t like selling wine either. “I was very unhappy with that job because it was difficult for me to spend so much of my time doing something that I wasn’t passionate about,” he told the blog Recording Connection in 2017. Ultimately, then, he decided to ask his mom for help.
Tavior later recounted to Recording Connection, “I was telling [my mom] where my passions were as far as music creating [and] engineering. And she was like, ‘You know what? Maybe you should go to school.’” He decided to follow her advice by taking on an apprenticeship and beginning to study aspects of music production such as engineering, mixing and recording.
And Tavior told Recording Connection about how his background in football had helped him find his way in music. “Something that I’ve taken off the field into this studio is that if you can play all the positions, you won’t find yourself on the bench. And that is kind of a motto that I live by,” he said. “I feel that the more diverse you are, the more opportunities there are for you.”
Now Tavior performs his music under the name Dontae Adisa. And he’s gained quite a following on social media, too, with 169,000 followers on Instagram and more than 9,000 on Twitter. Tavior talks about and keeps in touch with his siblings on those platforms as well.
Then, for National Siblings Day in 2017, Tahj took to his own Instagram page to wish a happy day to Tia, Tamera and Tavior. “I love y’all more than words could ever describe,” he wrote. In the comments, however, people expressed surprise that there was a fourth Mowry sibling. “Didn’t know there was another brother. That’s awesome,” one person wrote.
And although the three elder Mowrys are obviously no longer child stars, they’re all still very successful in the entertainment world. Tahj is still acting; from 2012 to 2017 he had a leading role on the show Baby Daddy. And along with his sister Tamera, he’s appeared on the Fox talk show The Real as a host.
Meanwhile, Tamera juggles her The Real gig with other ventures – including being a mom. In 2011 she married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley, and in the following year, they had their first child together, a boy called Aden. Their second child, a girl named Ariah, came along in 2015.
And while Tia has also appeared on The Real, she too is quite focused on motherhood. In 2012, for example, she published a book about being a working mom, called Oh, Baby: Pregnancy Tales and Advice from One Hot Mama to Another. She also has a podcast called Mostly Mom, and a Cooking Channel series called Tia Mowry at Home.
In 2018, though, Tavior finally got to appear on TV alongside his family members. “I have some dope news!” he announced on Instagram on April 10. “I’m really hyped to be working with my sister and brother-in-law in The Housleys, coming to @hgtv in May!” The post racked up over 19,000 likes, along with plenty of excited comments.
The Housleys was a HGTV special in which Tamera and her husband Adam are seen doing up a home in Napa Valley. “I’m really hyped for everyone to check it out, and I’m extremely happy to be a part of it!” Tavior wrote on Instagram alongside a clip of the show. And once again, fans commented with praise and congratulations.
There may well be some big things ahead for the Mowry family, however. Both Tia and Tamera have long said that they’d happily jump aboard a revival of Sister, Sister, and in January 2018 it was confirmed that a reboot of the show was finally in the works. Maybe both Tahj and Tavior could appear in it, too?
Still, in the meantime, Tavior seems very happy indeed with where he is in life. “I aspire to be the best Tavior Mowry that I can be. There is no one that can be me better than me,” he wrote on Instagram in September 2018. “If you’re shooting for someone else’s spot, you could very well be aiming too low. Be you. There’s only one.”