Jermaine Hopkins

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Jermaine Hopkins
Born (1973-08-23) August 23, 1973 (age 44)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Other names Huggy
Occupation Actor

Jermaine "Huggy" Hopkins (born August 23, 1973) is an American actor who has appeared in films such as Lean on Me, Juice, and Phat Beach.


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.

Legal Issues[edit]

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.[1]


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Lean on Me Thomas "Sams" Sams
1992 Juice Steel
1991–1992 The Royal Family Buddy 4 episodes
1993 Strapped Lay Lay
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
1996 Bullet Pudgy
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
2002 Urban Massacre Chronic
2007 I Wish I Had a House Like This Drama
2008 Cash Rules Jermaine Hopkins
2012 Zoo


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