Omari Hardwick

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Omari Hardwick
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Hardwick interviewed about Power in 2013
Omari Latif Hardwick[1]

January 9, 1974 (1974-01-09) (age 47)
Alma materUniversity of Georgia
OccupationActor, poet, rapper, podcaster
Years active2001–present
Jennifer Pfautch
(m. 2012)

Omari Latif Hardwick (born January 9, 1974) is an American actor, poet, rapper, and podcaster, best known for his starring role as James "Ghost" St. Patrick, the protagonist of Starz's Power. He is also known for his roles in Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee's Miracle at St. Anna (2008), The A-Team (2010), Kick-Ass (2010), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls (2010)[2] and as Andre in BET Network's Being Mary Jane.

Early life and education[edit]

Hardwick was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Joyce and Clifford Hardwick III, an attorney.[3] Growing up in Decatur, Georgia, Hardwick wrote poetry on a regular basis, and participated in many sports.[4] For high school he attended Marist School in Brookhaven, Georgia where he excelled in baseball, basketball and football, which eventually led him to a football scholarship for University of Georgia.[3] 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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[6]

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".[7][8][9] Hardwick was also featured in the urban lifestyle publication, Prominence Magazine for its Holiday issue.

Hardwick reading a poem, with Congresswoman Terri Sewell looking on, at The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama in 2020.

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.[10]

In 2013, Hardwick was cast in the lead role of James "Ghost" St. Patrick on the Starz crime drama-thriller, Power.[11]

In 2016, he was featured by a South African rapper, Nasty C on a song titled "A Star Is Born".

Hardwick co-starred in the science fiction comedy film Sorry to Bother You,[12] which was released in theaters on July 6, 2018.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On November 19, 2008, Hardwick's first child was stillborn and left a huge gap in his life. He dated his then-girlfriend for three years. [14]

He married Jennifer Jae Pfautch in Kansas City in June 2012 and they have two children.[15]



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
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
The Runner Rick Roslin
2018 Sorry to Bother You Mr. _______
A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. Cass Actor/Executive Producer
Sgt. Will Gardner Samuel "Top" Gallegos
Nobody's Fool Frank Johnson
2019 American Skin Omar Scott
2020 Spell Marquis Set to come to theaters and VOD October 30, 2020
2021 Army of the Dead Vanderohe Post-production


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
2014–2020 Power James "Ghost" St. Patrick Main cast
Nominated – BET Award for Best Actor (2017) (seasons 1—6)
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Vanderohe Main cast

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role
2000 "No More" Ruff Endz Store Clerk
2002 "Say Yes" Floetry Passenger
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


  1. ^ The Highly Anticipated Drama _power_ Returns Starring Omari Hardwick
  2. ^ "Omari Hardwick's Breakout Role? For Colored Girls, Dark Blue, Hip Hop, Poetry and More! Exclusive Interview!". October 28, 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Grandparents are fans of Omari Hardwick". Savannah Morning News. December 3, 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Raw (Career Evolution, Transition, Testimony Of Faith In Hollywood, 'Kick-Ass 2,' More)". IndieWire. August 27, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  5. ^ "Celebrities We Didn't Realize Are Proud Black Greeks". MadameNoire. February 5, 2015. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Omari Hardwick". TNT. Retrieved 2010-03-21.
  7. ^ a b "Omari Hardwick". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  8. ^ (, eTech Atlanta,Inc. "Bravelife Films". Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Lexus Verses and Flow". Lexus Verses and Flow. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Joins the Chase". Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Omari Hardwick Son Death – NewSwirl". April 19, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "Omari Hardwick slams fan who criticized him for having a white wife". The Grio. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2018.

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