August 23, 1973 |
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
At 14 years of age, Hopkins fell into the acting business when his mother brought him to a casting-call audition in New York for the Warner Bros. feature Lean on Me, a starring role as Thomas Samms, a misguided drug-abusing high school student. His next project Juice, directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, had him starring as Steel alongside Khalil Kain, Omar Epps, and Tupac Shakur. Hopkins subsequently starred in the HBO worldwide release Strapped, that would be Forest Whitaker's directorial debut. Over the next two years, Hopkins appeared in episodes of Murder One and Moesha, and six episodes as Dupree on The Wayans Bros. series, before finishing production on his next film How to Be a Player, starring opposite Bill Bellamy and comedian Pierre Edwards.
Hopkins was arrested on December 15, 2011, for attempting to purchase 200 pounds (91 kg) of marijuana from an undercover cop. He previously faced up to five years in prison, but was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years' probation. Hopkins was arrested again on October 13, 2017 in Apex, North Carolina with 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg) of marijuana in the trunk of his car. TMZ reports Hopkins pled guilty to felony possession. However, the judge suspended his four-month sentence, instead giving Hopkins 24 months of supervised probation.
|1989||Lean on Me||Thomas "Sams" Sams|
|1991–1992||The Royal Family||Buddy||4 episodes|
|1995||Murder One||Gangsta #2||1 Episode|
|1995||The Parent 'Hood||No Good||1 Episode|
|1996||Moesha||The Kid||1 Episode|
|1996||Phat Beach||Benny King|
|1997||Riot||Young Black Man|
|1997||How to Be a Player||Kilo|
|1996–1998||The Wayans Bros.||Dupree||10 Episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Store Clerk||1 Episode|
|2007||I Wish I Had a House Like This||Drama|
|2008||Cash Rules||Jermaine Hopkins|
- "'Lean On Me' Star Jermaine Hopkins Pleads Guilty in Weed Case". TMZ. Retrieved 2018-02-01.