Who Is Omar Epps? Know His Bio, Age, Career, Net Worth, Salary

Omar Epps began writing screenplays at the early age of 10; starring in a production of Grease in elementary school. In 1991 he formed a rap group Wolfpack and has since directed videos for rappers such as; Heather B and Special Ed among others. He also partnered with his childhood friends Marlon and Shawn Wayans to write the theme song for WB series ‘The Wayans Bros’ in 1995-1999. He has also been nominated for a plethora of awards such as NAACP Image Award, a Black Reel Award, an MTV Movie Award and a Teen Choice Award for his role in the 2000 movie Love & Basketball. His mother, a retired New York City public-school administrator, is a minister in Brooklyn and is renowned for winning the NAACP Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Dr. Eric Foreman on House two years in a row(2007 and 2008). Later on in his life he came around to form his own production company, Brooklyn Works Films something he is very passionate about.

Omar Epps Bio: Age, Early Life, Education

Born Omar Hashim Epps in Brooklyn, New York, on July 23, 1973, Epps was raised by a single mother who was an elementary school principal. He gradually nurtured his interest in acting at both the Fiorello High and LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the New York High School for the Performing Arts. After his breakthrough in Juice, Epps ran the risk of being typecast, playing athletes in a series of films. However, his performances were consistently solid, and he earned particular acclamation for his portrayal of a young man attending college on an athletic scholarship in John Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995). Around this same time, Epps also excelled in a brief recurring role as an emotionally stressed intern on E.R.; he would later on come to identify that role as what singlehandedly made it possible for audiences to finally put a name to his face.

Omar Epps Career Details

Omar has appeared in several lead roles as well as in feature films, including Paramount’s Against the Ropes (2004), in which he starred opposite Meg Ryan, Paramount’s Alfie (2004), opposite Jude Law and Susan Sarandon, Paramount/MTV’s The Wood (1999), Miramax’s In Too Deep (1999), John Singleton’s Higher Learning (1995) and Juice (1992). His supporting roles include Breakfast of Champions (1999), opposite Bruce Willis and Nick Nolte, Major League II (1994), opposite Charlie Sheen, and The Program (1993) with Halle Berry. Omar was also seen in Hollywood’s best-kept secret, Scream 2 (1997), MGM’s remake of The Mod Squad (1999), with Claire Danes, and Love & Basketball (2000). He also starred in Takeshi Kitano’s Brother (2000) for Sony Classics.

Epps was a character in the video game Def Jam Fight for NY in 2004.
He co-starred on the critically-acclaimed FOX medical drama, House (2004), for which he received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2007. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2005, as well, as “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” in 2006. Epps was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his performance in the December 2002 Showtime Original movie, Conviction (2002), in which he portrayed “Carl Upchurch”, a hardened criminal from South Philadelphia, who spent most of his adult life in prison. It is the story of one man’s journey from prisoner to peacemaker. Omar has starred in three HBO Original movies, First Time Felon (1997), directed by Charles S. Dutton (Roc), Screen Two: Deadly Voyage (1996), produced by Danny Glover, and Daybreak (1993), co-starring Cuba Gooding Jr.. “First Time Felon” and “Deadly Voyage” are based on true stories. Epps also portrayed “Dr. Dennis Gant” on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama, ER (1994). As a surgical resident, he teamed up with “Dr. Carter” (Noah Wyle) and “Dr. Benton” (Eriq La Salle). In one of the most talked about departures, Omar left audiences wondering if his character committed suicide or not.

Omar Epps Dating History And Marriage Details

In 1996 Epps began dating Keisha Spivey from the R&B group Total and got married in 2005. They have two children; daughter K’mari Mae and son Amir. He also has a daughter, Aiyanna, from a previous relationship. Epps is bilingual speaking both fluent Spanish as well as English. Epps authored an autobiographical book titled “From Fatherless to Fatherhood” that was released by Lulu Publishing in June 2018 which is largely based on his life being raised by a single mother.

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