Incredibly gifted and artfully proficient, Omari Hardwick is an American actor who has become a darling of movie lovers in America not just because he is such a great actor but because he is also a really handsome man whose cute facial features are greatly admired by many fans, especially the female ones. Over the years, he has starred in many movies and TV series, stunning fans with his immense talent.
He is now best known for his portrayal of John Hallon in Saved, a medical drama TV series. He is also known for his work in Dark Blue, an action/drama series and Being Mary Jane, a drama series. For his stunning ability to interpret roles, he has been nominated for awards and has won some.
Who Is Omari Hardwick?
Omari Hardwick was born on the 9th day of January in the year 1974. The actor was born in Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, USA, however, he was raised in Decatur, another city in Georgia.
Growing up, he caught attention as a very sharp and thoughtful kid who wrote poetry very often. He also loved sports and took part in different sporting activities. Omari especially took an interest in basketball, baseball, and even football.
Omari Hardwick attended the Marist School located in Atlanta, Georgia for his high school education. While at the school, the actor engaged himself in sports and he excelled in the aforementioned sports. He got so good that he eventually got a football scholarship to the University of Georgia.
While at the university, Hardwick did very well in football but even though he was admired for his skills on the field, he never let go of his love for acting and poetry. In fact, he eventually minored in theater, honing his skills in the craft.
When he graduated from university, Omari tried to pursue his footballing career but his dream was cut short after he sustained a serious knee injury so he eventually turned fully into acting and has grown through the ranks to become a movie star of high repute today.
When Omari Hardwick initially turned to the acting profession, he didn’t find it easy to break into the industry. In fact, he had to resort to doing some odd jobs in order to pay for his acting classes. At some point, he even had to live in his car while seeking for movie roles.
Omari finally kick-started his acting career in 2002 when he was cast to play Lamech in Circles, a romance movie. In 2004, he was cast as Dante Ponce in Sucker Free City, a TV movie. He then got his big break in 2006 when he was cast as John Hallon in Saved.
In 2009, Omari scored the recurring role of Ty Curtis in Dark Blue, an action/drama series. His performance was so good that he was nominated for the NAMIC Vision Award. In 2010, he was nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance after his performance in For Colored Girls, a drama movie.
Omari Hardwick scored one of his biggest roles so far in 2013 when he joined the cast of Being Mary Jane to play Andre Daniels. His acting in the series was hailed far and wide and in 2014, he won the Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actor, it was for his work in the series.
Over the years, he has starred in many other series and feature movies winning the admiration of many Americans.
Omari Hardwick’s Wife and Kids
Omari Hardwick is a happily married man, he is married to a woman identified as Jennifer Pfautch. The exact time the couple started dating is not clear but it has been reported that they dated for quite a while before they eventually tied the knot as husband and wife in 2012.
The couple now have two children; they have a son named Brave and a daughter called Nova. Omari deeply loves his family and often talks about the fact that they are all he has in the whole wide world.
His Brothers and Parents
Omari Hardwick was born to a father identified as Clifford Hardwick IV and a mother called Joyce Hardwick. He is very fond of his parents and has often spoken affectionately about what they did to help raise him to become who he has become.
The actor grew up with three siblings; two brothers identified as Malik Hardwick and Jamil Hardwick, and a sister identified as Shani Hardwick. However, on a sad note, only Jamil is still alive. His brother Malik and sister Shani passed away at the ages of 45 and 33 respectively. Their deaths left him thoroughly devastated but he has learned to accept the tragedy and move past it.