Morocco Omari

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Morocco Omari
Born (1975-05-07) May 7, 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActor, screenwriter, producer, director
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Spouse(s)JoNell Kennedy (2001-2006)

Morocco Omari (born May 7, 1975) is an American film, television, and theater actor, screenwriter, producer, and a director. Morocco was born in Chicago, Illinois. He is best known for his role as Tariq in the Hip-Hop television drama series Empire,[1] Chicago Fire on NBC, Prison Break, Homeland on Showtime, Malcolm & Eddie, Early Edition, NCIS on CBS; The Beast, and 24.

He co-stars in Empire with Terrence Howard and Taraji Henson.

Morocco's film credits also include Gun Hill, Half Past Dead 2, Kubuku Rides, and Momentum.

His theater credits include Pipeline, Intimate Apparel, Knock Me a Kiss, and Blues for an Alabama Sky.[2]

Morocco directed Good Intentions, (Mis) Leading Man, and Mission Mom: Possible. He wrote and produced the short film The Male Groupie.

Early life[edit]

Morocco grew up on the West Side, Chicago. He says of his early life: "Looking back, I had to be a storyteller; we didn't have a whole lot of outlets on the West Side. But it wasn't until after I was shot at - that I sat down and thought about what I really wanted to do".[3]


Morocco's acting career starting in 1998 after being in the U.S. Marines, and returning from Desert Storm.[4] He appeared in TV series such as Malcolm & Eddie and Early Edition. He had recurring roles in Joan of Arcadia with Patrick Fabian, the television show Dragnet with Chuti Tiu and François Chau, Crossing Jordan and NCIS with Pauley Perrette.

In films, he has appeared in Constellation and Half Past Dead 2.

As a voice over artist Morocco has worked on campaigns such as Powerade, McDonald's, Budweiser, Sony, The Bible Experience, and Toyota.[5]



  1. ^ Slezak, Michael (5 February 2016). "Empire: Homeland's Morocco Omari Nabs Major Season 2 Recurring Role".
  2. ^ Theater, Lincoln Center. "Morocco Omari - Lincoln Center Theater". Lincoln Center Theater.
  3. ^ "Morocco Omari". Chicago. Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  4. ^ "One-On-One With Morocco Omari". People Magazine. Retrieved 2018-01-05.
  5. ^ "Morocco Omari - LinkedIn".
  6. ^ "Chicago short entry scores at HBFF | Chicago film, audio, production, and advertising". Retrieved 2018-01-03.

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