Omar Epps

Actor, Singer, Songwriter
With his athletic build and masculine good looks, Omar Epps was frequently cast as sports heroes and troubled teenagers in his early film career. It was on television, however, where the actor demonstrated his range to ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (41)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Resurrection 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Day In The Life 2014 (Movie)

O (Actor)

One Small Mistake 2014 (Movie)

Jimmy Nelson (Actor)

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

House 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2009 ESPY Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Countdown To The Emmys 2007 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Billboard Music Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

Luther Shaw (Actor)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

Marlon (Actor)

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

Seitz (Actor)

Brother 2001 (Movie)

Denny (Actor)

Perfume 2001 (Movie)

J B (Actor)

The 32nd NAACP Image Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Quincy McCall (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Wayne Hoobler (Actor)

In Too Deep 1999 (Movie)

Jeff Cole--J Reid (Actor)

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

Linc Hayes (Actor)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

ER 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Scream 2 1997 (Movie)

Phil Stevens (Actor)

Higher Learning 1995 (Movie)

Malik Williams (Actor)

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Willie Mays Hayes (Actor)

Here and Now 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Program 1993 (Movie)

Darnell Jefferson (Actor)

In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Juice 1992 (Movie)

Quincy (Actor)

Conviction (TV Show)

Actor

Daybreak (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Voyage (TV Show)

Actor

First Time Felon (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Wayans Bros 1998 - 1999, 2004 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Theme Music

Biography

With his athletic build and masculine good looks, Omar Epps was frequently cast as sports heroes and troubled teenagers in his early film career. It was on television, however, where the actor demonstrated his range to a larger audience, largely through his work on two celebrated medical dramas. While still in his teens, Epps made his feature film debut in the urban crime drama "Juice" (1991). Receiving strong notices for his role, Epps moved on to playing various athletic types in movies such as "The Program" (1993), "Major League II" (1994), and the John Singleton-directed "Higher Learning" (1995). In 1996, Epps joined the cast of the hugely popular medical series "ER" (1994-2009), starring as a talented intern who became overwhelmed by the stress and politics at the busy Chicago hospital, leading to tragic results. Although only on the show for less than a season, Epps made a lasting impression, furthering his already promising career. At the end of the decade, Epps was busier than ever with a full slate of projects - some of merit; others less so - with features like the sequel "Scream 2" (1997), the embarrassing "The Mod Squad" (1999), and the thriller "In Too Deep" (1999). He returned to the urban sports milieu - and the good graces of critics - with "Love & Basketball" (2000). Future efforts ranged from the interesting but little-seen "Brother" (2001), to the sappy and uninspired "Against the Ropes" (2004). Fortune smiled on Epps when he was cast on yet another immensely popular hospital drama, "House" (Fox, 2004- ), starring as series regular Dr. Eric Foreman. Hardworking and talented, Epps had skillfully managed to crossover from initially playing troubled urban athletes, to essaying highly-complex, educated professionals, all of which demonstrated the actor's impressive range.

Relationships

Bonnie Epps

Mother
raised Epps and his sister as a single parent after she separated from Epps' father

Aiyanna Epps

Daughter
born in 1999

Aisha Epps

Sister
younger

Sanaa Lathan Actor

Companion
reportedly dating in 2000 rumored to be no longer together as of March 2003

Keisha Spivey Song

Companion
singer for the girl group Total engaged as of April 2004

EDUCATION

Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Cast as Dr. Eric Foreman on Fox's medical drama "House"

2004

Had leading role opposite Meg Ryan in "Against the Ropes"

2004

Portrayed the best friend opposite Jude Law in "Alfie," a remake of the 1960's movie that starred Michael Caine

2002

Portrayed Carl Upchurch in "Conviction," Based on a true story

2000

Acted in "Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000"

2000

Co-starred with Japanese actor-director Takeshi Kitano in "Brother"; released theatrically in 2001

2000

Appeared in the sports-themed romance "Love & Basketball"

1999

Essayed the role of Lincoln Hayes in the big screen version of "The Mod Squad"

1999

Starred in "The Wood", a drama following a group of middle-class African-Americans from youth to adulthood

1999

Took supporting role to Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney in "Breakfast of Champions"; film screened at the Berlin and Seattle film festivals and released in Europe

1999

Was featured alongside Stanley Tucci and LL Cool J in the crime drama "In Too Deep"

1997

Played a moviegoer who came to an early end in the horror blockbuster "Scream 2"

1997

Co-wrote the main title theme song for "The Wayans Bros."

1997

Starred as a reformed small-time criminal struggling to re-enter society after an heroic act in HBO's "First Time Felon"

1996

Starred in the HBO movie "Deadly Voyage", the true story of the slaughter of stowaways on a ship bound for America

1996

Played recurring role of Dr. Dennis Gant on the NBC medical drama "ER"

1995

Appeared as a former track star adjusting to the pressures and uneasy relations of college life in "Higher Learning"

1994

Portrayed baseball player Willie Mays Hayes in the sequel "Major League II"

1993

Featured as a college football player in the controversial sports drama "The Program"

1992

Made feature film debut as star of the Harlem-set coming-of-age drama "Juice"

1992

Guest starred as a neighborhood tough in the short-lived comedy series, "Here and Now" (NBC)

1991

TV acting debut in the "ABC Afterschool Special" entitled "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story"

1983

Began writing screenplays at age 10 (date approximate)

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