Omari credits rapper L.L. Cool J for giving him a much needed break when he arrived in Hollywood and became an extra on his show, In The House.
After winning a state football title at Marist in Atlanta, Georgia, Omari was a starting defensive back in college for the Furman Purple Paladins (1993-94). He then transferred and played the same position for the University of Georgia Bulldogs (1995-96).
Omari co-founded the "Actors Lounge" at Los Angeles' Greenway Theater. At this place, young actors perform dramatic sketches for audiences, directors and producers.
Omari coached and mentored Denzel Washington's son, John David Washington, as a football player at Campbell Hall in Beverly Hills, California.
Omari is an accomplished poet and has finished in the top five of the US national Poetry Slam competition in 2003 and 2004.
Omari attended the University of Georgia where he played varsity football for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Omari is the second of four children. He has an older brother, Malik; a younger brother, Jamil; and a younger sister, Shani.
Omari's father, Clifford Hardwick IV, was an attorney, and his mother, Joyce Hardwick, was an educator.
Omari Hardwick is 5' 10½".
Omari Hardwick: I'm in love with this acting thing right now. That's the love of my life.
Omari Hardwick: At one point I did consider a broadcasting career and even thought about becoming a teacher.
Omari Hardwick: I come from a family of teachers, doctors and lawyers. My father is a professor. So I'm the real black sheep of the family with wanting to pursue acting.
Omari Hardwick: Saved just seems to fall in line with all the other great shows that the [TNT] network has produced. There also seems to be so much room for growth with each character. I really feel as if I can bring some originality to my character. It's finally exciting to get something as juicy as this to sink my teeth into.
Omari Hardwick: Saved is a very character driven show with lots of drama and that's one of the reasons why I was so jazzed to be a part of it.
Omari Hardwick: If you aim for the stars, you might reach them.
Omari Hardwick: I say if you're going to dream, go ahead and dream big.
Omari Hardwick: I was already at the last phase of being accepted into the L.A. City Fire Department when acting picked up for me. It's crazy how life works out.
Omari Hardwick: My mother used to say, 'Boy, you flirt with death so much.' I was the type who would run across the street literally right when the car was crossing. I was crazy. It's my nature.
Omari Hardwick: You open your door when you open it. Honestly, I do believe even if I played five to six years in the [football] league, I'd still eventually want to pursue acting. I loved it.