Omari Hardwick Biography

Birthday: 1974-01-09
Place of Birth: Savannah, Georgia
Height: 5' 10½" (1.79 m)
Wiki Biography: Born "Omari Latif Hardwick," he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. Hardwick's parents gave him a name to set a precedent, "Omari" meaning "most high," and "Latif" meaning "gentle." He shares, "I in no way believe that I am the highest or most high, but I feel like my name gives me something to strive for." Growing up, sports were Hardwick's world, but early on he knew he had a passion for the arts. By the age of 14, Hardwick was writing poetry on a regular basis, a passion he would carry with him into adulthood. In high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and football, and went on to play football at the University of Georgia. Although a star on the field, Hardwick never gave up his passion for acting, and minored in theatre in college. He shares, "I hugely attribute sports to my success in entertainment business. Being on the field taught me dedication and discipline - I already came from a strict household when I was growing up, sports just took that to another level. Whenever I approach a set, I always feel as though the cast, crew, director, are all part of a team. I have always married athletics and art, two huge parts of my life." After graduation, Hardwick relocated to San Diego for a spot on the San Diego Chargers (NFL) however a knee injury cut his football career short. He decided to revisit his original passion for acting, and moved to New York to study his craft more extensively. In New York, Hardwick studied off Broadway until 2000, when he made the move to Los Angeles. As a struggling actor, he worked odd jobs to pay for acting classes, however the security gigs and substitute teaching at times were not enough to make ends meet, and at one point he lived out of his car. Hardwick shares, "what is so crazy, is that where I presently shoot my series 'Dark Blue,' is where I lived in my car when I first moved to Los Angeles. It is surreal at times." Hardwick's first big break came in 2003, when he was cast in his first major role as a series regular in Spike Lee's "Sucker Free City." Two years later, he landed the feature The Guardian and TNT's "Saved"- both of which he booked within a three-week span in 2005. He notes, "I felt like I had arrived when I went back to one of my odd jobs that had let me go several years prior, and I looked out over Sunset Boulevard right next to the Chateau Marmont, and saw myself plastered on a billboard overlooking the city. I had to break down a little at that point, it was a big moment for me." Throughout 2007 - 2009 Hardwick worked on various projects, including guest starring on several television series, and filming several movies including Summit Entertainment's Next Day Air and Touchstone Picture's Miracle at St. Anna. In 2008 he landed the role of "Ty Curtis" on the TNT series "Dark Blue," season 1 aired throughout 2009. In addition to acting, Hardwick is a founding member of Plan B Inc. Theater Group, and a co-founder of Los Angeles Actor's Lounge. He has big plans for his production company, Bravelife, in 2010 as well, and plans on expanding the company. Hardwick also continues to work on his poetry, and has written over 4,000 poems.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The A-Team Chopshop Jay 1985 - 1986 Action
The Guardian Carl Billings 2006 Action
The A Team Chopshop Jay 2010 Action
A-Team Chopshop Jay 2010 Action
Sucker Free Dante Ponce 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Guardian Carl Billings 1990 Game Show, 0
Circles Lameck 2002 Romance
Speechless Ku James 2006 Drama
Miracle at St. Anna Platoon Commander Huggs 2008 0, Romance, 0
Linewatch Kimo 2008 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Sucker Free City 2009 Crime, Drama
Next Day Air Shavoo 2009 Action, Comedy, Crime
Everyday Black Man Malik 2010 Action, Drama
For Colored Girls Carl 2010 Drama
I Will Follow Troy 2011 Drama
Middle of Nowhere Derek 2012
The Runner Rick Goslin 2012 Sport
Sparkle Levi 2012 Drama, Music
Things Never Said Curtis Jackson 2013 Drama
The Last Letter Michael Wright 2013 Thriller
Monica Dr. Don Cook 2014 Drama
Bolden! Frankie Duson 2014 Drama
Chapter & Verse Jomo 2015 Drama