Omari Hardwick was born January 9, 1974, son of Attorney Clifford Hardwick IV and Joyce Hardwick, is an American actor, known for his roles in the TV series Saved and Dark Blue, in Spike Lee’s Miracle at St. Anna (2008), and, The A-Team (2010), Kick-Ass (2010) and Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls (2010).
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Hardwick wrote poetry on a regular basis, and participated in many sports. In high school, he excelled in baseball, basketball and football, which eventually led him to a football scholarship for University of Georgia. Even though he was a star on the field, Hardwick continued acting and poetry, and thus minored in theater. Hardwick is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc..
After graduation, Hardwick was not selected in the NFL draft but despite not even starting for a mediocre 6-6 Georgia football team, he tried to make the roster of the NFL San Diego Chargers. He did not make the team.
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 2004 TV Movie Sucker Free City. Next, he booked roles in 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 2003 and 2004, he participated award-winningly in the National Poetry Slam.
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 films reviews to date for his role as “Troy” in the critically acclaimed indie hit I Will Follow (2011). Hardwick has guest starred on an episode of NBC’s Chase as Chris Novak, a hard luck criminal facing prison.
But here’s a long list of his accolades just so you can get an idea of how talented this young man really is; and he’s a Capricorn just like me so I know he’s not only talented but has a good heart as well.
|2004||Within the Wall||Saul||Short|
|The Male Groupie||Act Shun|
|Sucker Free City||Dante Ponce||Television Film|
|The Guardian||Carl Billings|
|Miracle at St. Anna||Platoon Commander Huggs|
|2009||Next Day Air||Shavoo|
|2010||Everyday Black Man||Malik|
|The A-Team||Chop Shop J|
|For Colored Girls||Carl||Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance|
|2011||I Will Follow||Troy|
|Middle of Nowhere||Derek|
|2013||Kings & Beggars||Noah||Short; Also Writer|
|Things Never Said||Curtis Jackson|
|The Last Letter||Michael Wright|
|A Christmas Blessing||Earl||Television Film; Nominated – Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor, TV Movie or Mini-Series|
|2014||Lap Dance||Dr. Don Cook||Completed|
|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?”|
|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||Main Cast; 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)|
|2014–present||Power||James “Ghost” St. Patrick||Lead Role : Season 1 & 2 – Coming Soon|
Well ladies with all the finest and all those accolades; you know he has to be taken right? And he is; his wife name is Jennifer Pfautch (former publicist) they got married in 2012 and they have a kid!
See family picture below!