Omari Hardwick has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry with his passion, dedication, and undeniable, natural talent. Hardwick's TV credits include “Verses and Flow” as well as BET’s award-winning series “Being Mary Jane.” His film credits include Kick-Ass, The Guardian, Beauty Shop, Gridiron and The A-Team. Most recently, Omari can be seen as the lead of the new Starz series “Power.”
Born Omari Latif Hardwick, Omari grew up in Decatur, Georgia. By the age of 14, Hardwick was writing poetry on a regular basis, a passion he would carry with him into adulthood. In high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and football, and went on to play football at the University of Georgia. Although a star on the field, Hardwick never gave up his passion for acting, and minored in theatre in college. After graduation, Hardwick relocated to San Diego for a spot on the San Diego Chargers (NFL) however a knee injury cut his football career short. He then decided to revisit his original passion for acting, and moved to New York to study his craft more extensively. He moved to Los Angeles in 2000, and had his first big break in 2003, when he was cast in his first major role as a series regular in Spike Lee's “Sucker Free City.”
In addition to acting, Hardwick is a founding member of Plan B Inc. Theater Group, and a co-founder of Los Angeles Actor's Lounge. He has big plans for his production company, Bravelife, in 2010 as well, and plans on expanding the company. Hardwick also continues to work on his poetry, and has written over 4,000 poems.