Omari Hardwick

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Omari Hardwick
Omari Hardwick on BTVR (cropped).jpg
Omari Hardwick interviewed about Power in 2015
Born Omari Hardwick
January 9, 1974 (1974-01-09) (age 44)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Jennifer Pfautch (m. 2012)
Children 2

Omari Hardwick (born January 9, 1974) is an American actor, known for his roles in the TV series Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna (2008), and, The A-Team (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), in Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010)[1] and as Andre in BET Network's Being Mary Jane. He currently stars as James "Ghost" St. Patrick in Starz's Power.

Early life and education[edit]

Hardwick is the son of attorney Clifford Hardwick IV and Joyce Hardwick. Growing up in Decatur, Georgia, Hardwick wrote poetry on a regular basis, and participated in many sports. For high school he attended Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football, which eventually led him to a football scholarship for University of Georgia. Even though he was a star on the field, Hardwick continued in acting and poetry, and thus minored in theater. Hardwick is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

Career[edit]

After graduation, Hardwick was not selected in the NFL draft but tried to make the roster of the NFL San Diego Chargers.[2]

As a struggling actor, Hardwick did odd jobs in order to pay for acting classes. After being unsuccessful, he started living in his car, and he finally got his break in 2004 TV Movie Sucker Free City. Next, he booked roles in feature film The Guardian and a series regular role in Saved. For the role, he spent two years training as a fireman and a paramedic.[3][4]

In 2002, Hardwick had a quick scene as an extra in Floetry's "Say Yes" music video.

In 2003 and 2004, he participated award-winningly in the National Poetry Slam.[2]

In 2010, Hardwick became a founding member of "Plan B Inc. Theater Group", and a co-founder of "Actor's Lounge" at the Los Angeles' Greenway Theater. He also founded production company "Bravelife Films".[3][5][6] Hardwick was also featured in the urban lifestyle publication, Prominence Magazine for its Holiday issue.

In 2011, Hardwick received his best films reviews to date for his role as "Troy" in the critically acclaimed indie hit I Will Follow (2011). Hardwick has guest starred on an episode of NBC's Chase as Chris Novak, a hard luck criminal facing prison.[7]

In 2013, Hardwick was cast in the lead role of James Ghost St. Patrick on the Starz crime drama-thriller, Power.[8]

In June 2017, Hardwick was cast in the science-fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You.[9] The film is set to be released in theaters on July 6, 2018.[10]

Personal life[edit]

He married Jennifer Pfautch in 2012 and they have two children.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Circles Lameck
2004 Within the Wall Saul Short film
The Male Groupie Act Shun
2005 Beauty Shop Byron
2006 Speechless Ku James
Gridiron Gang Free
The Guardian Carl Billings
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Platoon Commander Huggs
Linewatch Drake / Kimo
2009 Next Day Air Shavoo
2010 Everyday Black Man Malik
Kick-Ass Sgt. Marcus Williams
The A-Team Chopshop Jay
For Colored Girls Carl Bradmore Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
2011 I Will Follow Troy
Break My Heart Cameo Music video (Estelle and Rick Ross)
2012 Sparkle Levi
Middle of Nowhere Derek
2013 Kings & Beggars Noah Short film; also writer
Lu Doctor Harden Short film
Things Never Said Curtis Jackson
The Last Letter Michael Wright
2014 Reach Me Dominic
Lap Dance Dr. Don Cook
2015 Chapter & Verse Jomo
2017 Shot Caller Ed Kutcher
2017 The Runner Rick Roslin
Flipmode Cameo Music video (Fabolous, Velous and Chris Brown)
2018 Family Feud Mr. President (Cameo) Music video (Jay-Z and Beyonce)
Sorry to Bother You Mr. Blank
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night Cass Executive Producer
Will Gardner Samuel "Top" Gallegos Post-production
The List Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Sucker Free City Dante Ponce Television film
2005 Crossing Jordan Ronald Pasco Episode: "Judgement Day"
2006 Saved John "Sack" Hallon Main cast; 13 episodes
2008 CSI: Miami Eddie Dashell Episode: "And How Does That Make You Kill?"
SIS Donovan Rivers Television film
2009–2010 Dark Blue Ty Curtis Main cast; 20 episodes
Nominated – NAMIC Vision Award Best Performance, Drama (2011)
2009 Lie to Me Benny "B" Davis Episode: "The Better Half"
2010 Chase Chris Novak Episode: "Betrayed"
2012 Breakout Kings Ronnie Markham Episode: "Self Help"
2013–2014 Being Mary Jane Andre Daniels Main cast; 8 episodes
Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series (2014)
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special (2014)
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series (2015)
2013 A Christmas Blessing Earl James Television film
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series
2014—Present Power James "Ghost" St. Patrick Main cast
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actor (2017)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Omari Hardwick's Breakout Role? For Colored Girls, Dark Blue, Hip Hop, Poetry and More! Exclusive Interview!". UrbLife.com. October 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Omari Hardwick". TNT. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  3. ^ a b "Omari Hardwick". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Fandango - Page Not Found - Static". www.fandango.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018. 
  5. ^ (www.etechatlanta.com), eTech Atlanta,Inc. "Bravelife Films". www.bravelifefilms.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018. 
  6. ^ "Lexus Verses and Flow". Lexus Verses and Flow. Retrieved 26 February 2018. 
  7. ^ "Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Joins the Chase". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kenneally, Tim (August 21, 2013). "'A-Team' Star Omari Hardwick Cast in Starz's 'Power' Drama From 50 Cent". The Wrap. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (June 27, 2017). "'Power' Star Omari Hardwick & Terry Crews Join Boots Riley's 'Sorry To Bother You'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 
  10. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 17, 2018). "Watch Lakeith Stanfield Make Millions With 'White Voice' in Wild 'Sorry to Bother You' Trailer". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 19, 2018. 

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