Omari Latif Hardwick
January 9, 1974 (age 48)
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Georgia|
Omari Latif Hardwick (born January 9, 1974) is an American actor, poet, rapper, producer, and podcaster known for his starring role as James "Ghost" St. Patrick, the protagonist of Starz's Power and his role as Vanderohe in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead (2021). He is also known for his roles in Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna (2008), Kick-Ass (2010), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010) and as Andre in BET Network's Being Mary Jane.
Early life and education
Hardwick was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Joyce and Clifford Hardwick III, an attorney. 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 Brookhaven, Georgia where he played baseball, basketball and football and attended University of Georgia on a football scholarship. Even though he was a star on the field, Hardwick continued in acting and poetry, and thus minored in theater.
After graduation, Hardwick initially pursued a career in football, hoping to join the San Diego Chargers. He declared himself for the NFL Draft, where he was not selected, after which he returned to acting.
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 the 2004 TV movie Sucker Free City. Next, he booked roles in the 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.
In 2002, Hardwick had a quick scene as an extra in Floetry's "Say Yes" music video.
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". Hardwick was also featured in the urban lifestyle publication, Prominence Magazine for its Holiday issue.
In 2011, Hardwick received his best film reviews to date for his role as "Troy" in the critically acclaimed indie hit I Will Follow. Hardwick has guest starred on an episode of NBC's Chase as Chris Novak, a hard luck criminal facing prison.
In 2016, he was featured by a South African rapper, Nasty C on a song titled "A Star Is Born".
Hardwick began a relationship with Jennifer "Jae" Pfautch in the 2000s. Pfautch, who is of Native American and German descent, was disowned by her family in the aftermath for dating outside of her race. In 2008, the couple's first child was stillborn. The two later married in June 2012 and have two children.
|2004||Within the Wall||Saul||Short film|
|The Male Groupie||'Act Shun'||Short film|
|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||Sergeant Marcus Williams|
|The A-Team||Jay 'Chopshop Jay'|
|For Colored Girls||Carl Bradmore||Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance|
|I Will Follow||Troy|
|Middle of Nowhere||Derek|
|2013||Kings & Beggars||Noah||Short film; also writer|
|Lu||Dr. Harden||Short film|
|Things Never Said||Curtis Jackson|
|The Last Letter||Michael Wright|
|Lap Dance||Dr. Don Cook|
|2015||Chapter & Verse||Jomo|
|2017||Shot Caller||Ed Kutcher, Parole Officer|
|The Runner||Rick Roslin|
|2018||Sorry to Bother You||Mr. _______|
|A Boy. A Girl. A Dream.||Cass||Also executive producer|
|Sgt. Will Gardner||Samuel 'Top' Gallegos|
|Nobody's Fool||Frank Johnson|
|2019||American Skin||Omar Scott|
|2021||Army of the Dead||Vanderohe|
|2022||Fels High||Principal Floyd||Post-production|
|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
|2014–2020||Power||James 'Ghost' St. Patrick||Main cast|
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actor (2017) (seasons 1—6)
|2021||Pieces of Her||Gordon Oliver||Main cast|
|2021||That Damn Michael Che||Himself||Episode: “Sex Worker”|
|2022||Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas||Vanderohe||Main cast|
|2000||"No More"||Ruff Endz||Store Clerk|
|2011||"Break My Heart"||Estelle featuring Rick Ross||Love interest|
|2012||"You Make Me Wanna"||Eshe featuring Omari Hardwick||Love interest|
|2016||"A Star is Born"||Nasty C featuring Omari Hardwick||Himself (cameo)|
|2017||"Flipmode"||Fabolous, Velous and Chris Brown||Himself (cameo)|
|2017||"Family Feud"||Jay-Z featuring Beyoncé||Mr. President|
|2018||"First Began"||PJ Morton||Love interest|
- The Highly Anticipated Drama _power_ Returns Starring Omari Hardwick
- "Omari Hardwick's Breakout Role? For Colored Girls, Dark Blue, Hip Hop, Poetry and More! Exclusive Interview!". UrbLife.com. October 28, 2010.
- Cornelius, Ray (October 15, 2020). "Omari Hardwick talks TV, film, and more for last episode of 'Uncensored' (VIDEO)". Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
- "Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)". IndieWire. August 27, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Racha Penrice, Ronda (June 13, 2017). "Omari Hardwick shares his Hollywood 'power' in his hometown". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
- "Omari Hardwick". TNT. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
- "Omari Hardwick". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- (www.etechatlanta.com), eTech Atlanta,Inc. "Bravelife Films". www.bravelifefilms.com. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Lexus Verses and Flow". Lexus Verses and Flow. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
- "Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Joins the Chase". TVGuide.com. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Galuppo, Mia (July 15, 2019). "Zack Snyder's 'Army of the Dead' Rounds Out Cast with Omari Hardwick, Chris D'Elia". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 1, 2020.
- Otterson, Joe (January 28, 2021). "Omari Hardwick, Jessica Barden, Joe Dempsie Among Five Cast in Netflix Series 'Pieces of Her'". Variety. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
- "Omari Hardwick Son Death – NewSwirl". April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- "Omari Hardwick slams fan who criticized him for having a white wife". The Grio. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
- Bosselman, Haley (October 27, 2021). "TJ Atoms Talks Music, Fashion and Being Part of Wu-Tang Clan's Legacy". LA Confidential Magazine. Retrieved 1 November 2021.
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