Hill Harper


Hill Harper Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Hill is good friends with presidential candidate, Barack Obama. The two were ates together at Harvard Law School. Hill is a big supporter of Barack's presidential campaign.

    • Hill's father died in 2000 of cancer, his mother, Marilyn, is an Anesthesiologist and he has one brother named Harry Harper.

    • When Hill Harper isn't acting, he likes to spend his time racing Formula Fords and Mustang GTs.

    • Hill Harper would like to have two biological children and three adopted.

    • He is 5'8" tall.

    • Hill Harper makes an appearance in Mysterious Ways episode The Gray Lady. The appearance is uncredited as Hill appears only in a photograph - he is featured in a photo album as Peggy's husband.

    • Hill Harper's favorite line from the Godfather trilogy is "Wet my beak."

    • When asked which character in the history of the world Hill Harper would play, if ever given the choice, he answered Nelson Mandela.

    • While attending Harvard, Hill joined Black Folks' Theatre Company in Boston, Massachusetts

    • At the Sundance Festival in 2006, stars were asked to donate items to be auctioned to benefit 'Global Green USA'. Hill Harper donated a Descente Black Jacket Shell.

    • Hill Harper was named by People Magazine as the Sexiest Man Alive in 2004.

    • Hill Harper founded the MANifest Your Destiny Foundation which is a group that awards scholarships grants to young men and women. Proceeds from Hill's book 'Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny' go towards supporting the foundation.

    • Hill wrote a book, published in 2006, entitled Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny. The book features advice and encouragement to young men, draws on Hill's own experiences growing up and features letters and email that Hill received and responded to. In 2008, Hill wrote a follow up, Letters to a Young Sister: deFINE Your Destiny.

    • Hill was nominated for an Image Award in 2005 & 2006 in the category 'Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series' for the show CSI: NY. In 2000 Hill won a Method Fest Award in the Best Actor category for his role in the film The Visit.

    • Hill has worked with actress Anna Belknap on two TV shows: The Handler and CSI: NY.

    • Hill was a part of "The New Harmony Project" in the summer of 1997. The New Harmony Project brings together writers and helps them to progress their pieces of work.

  • Quotes

    • Hill Harper: (Talking about the changes that can be done to change the nature of the African-American community) I really don't care what other cultures or races think of us, what I care about is how we think of ourselves. We're in a place now where our self-esteem, or self-loathing and self-hatred are so extreme that no one else has to hate us because we are destroying ourselves.

    • Hill Harper (On his CSI:NY character's sense of : He made more money than all these guys, so he's got nicer threads. He can afford nicer clothes. He's the richest CSI! He made double what these guys made for years.

    • Hill Harper (On his CSI:NY character's move from the morgue to the field): The show is called Crime Scene Investigation: New York, it's CSI: New York, it's not called 'Autopsy'. So clearly if you're on a show called CSI: New York, then you want to be a crime scene investigator.

    • Hill Harper (On his CSI: NY character, Sheldon Hawkes, being moved from the morgue to the field): It's wonderful! Last year all the scenes were in the morgue, whereas now it's nice to be much more integrated into all aspects of the show, to have more interaction with all the different characters. At the same time, it helps Dr. Hawkes feel more a part of something rather than being isolated in the basement of the morgue.

    • Hill Harper: (When asked what Hill is searching for in a soul mate) I'm very passionate about life and I want my soul mate to be equally passionate - and we don't have to be passionate about the same things. She can be passionate about being a florist or a teacher or a mother. She should approach life from the stance that the glass is always half full. My soul mate should have her own sense of joy and a relationship with God.

    • Hill Harper: (When asked who the real Hill Harper is when the cameras aren't rolling?) Dr. Hawkes is much more reclusive than I am. He loves the exploration of the human body and is always down in the basement with a whole bunch of corpses, and that's the way he is. But I like to get out and enjoy the fresh air. I really love life. That's not to say that I'm cavalier or carefree with all situations in the world; I work hard in areas that are important to me and that matter. My friends and I have a motto: "You only live once, and if you do it right, once is all you need."

    • Hill Harper (About his move from film to TV): Because you can reach so many people. You don't realize how much wider an audience you hit with TV than film. On a weekly basis "Friends" gets 30 million viewers. Our show gets about 12 million. That's a blockbuster audience every week. That's important for Black actors to remember, because we aren't considered valuable commodities. We're considered exchangeable. We're the "Black guy."
      I mean, there are exceptions. Like once I had a conversation with Samuel Jackson and told him I admired him for all his smart role choices. He said, "I don't choose my roles. I take what Denzel turns down." Hollywood goes with the Black guy they can get. They don't feel that we bring anything specific but our Blackness. TV lets you present yourself to a wider audience all the time.

    • Hill Harper (About his turning point in his career): I think the turning point for me was really Spike Lee hiring me to do Get on the Bus. The reason I got He Got Game was because he offered that to me after I did Get on the Bus. Get on the Bus, to me, was such an important film content-wise, and all the great actors that were in it and also the character I played. Up until Get on the Bus Spike was appearing in his movies and Get on the Bus was one of the first movies where he didn't appear. I basically played the character that he probably would have played if he was young enough to still play it — you know, the director of the documentary of the bus trip. It was big for me. It's not easy to get a major studio film without a lot of star power or name value. So it was a big break for me. Spike is known to hire people based on their talent — the studio can say that this person is hot or that person is hot, but Spike is not that type of guy.

    • Hill Harper (about Hill's choice of career): What happened was when I went to college, I played football at Brown and I was looking for a class that met with my football schedule. I'd always thought about acting and I've always loved it and I had performed when I was younger at different times — done some poetry stuff and some commercials and things — but never really thought about it as a career.

    • Hill Harper (When asked what would be his first executive order, if he suddenly was elected President of the United States): Raise public school teacher's salary to $200,000 per year.

    • Hill Harper (On CSI: NY): Oftentimes on a lot of TV shows, friends of mine are always having to change lines and do this and do that because something doesn't match up with something that they said earlier, or it contradicts something they said earlier in the show because the writers aren't meticulous. That never happens on CSI: New York, never, ever ever. They're so meticulous, they do their homework, they do their research and they're so tight that by the time we get a shooting script, it very rarely changes

    • Hill Harper (On co-star Anna Belknap and CSI: NY): Anna is such a great actress that she can easily win any role on her own, but I certainly put the good word in for her because she's fantastic. When you do a show where you work so closely with people, hopefully for a long time, you hope to have the benefit of those people being great people as well, like we have on our show.

    • Hill Harper: If you're making a decision solely based on money, it's the wrong decision.

    • Hill Harper: My book is written as a mentorship on paper, from the perspective of an older brother rather than that of a disciplinarian or parent. The goal is to start a movement of self-education and mentorship within our communities.