Omari Hardwick

Omari Hardwick


1/9/1974, Savannah, Georgia, USA

Birth Name

Omari Hardwick


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Omari Hardwick was born on January 9, 1974 to Clifford Hardwick IV and Joyce Hardwick. He grew up in Decatur, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, where he excelled in athletics. Later, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue his acting passion. When he arrived in LA, Omari began…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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".

  • Quotes

    • 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.