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: 07/22/1973 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (41)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)


Resurrection 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)


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)


House 2004 - 2012 (Tv Show)


The 2009 ESPY Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


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


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


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


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


Against the Ropes 2004 (Movie)

Luther Shaw (Actor)

Alfie 2004 (Movie)

Marlon (Actor)

The 2003 Espy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


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


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)


Love & Basketball 2000 (Movie)

Quincy McCall (Actor)

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


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)


The Mod Squad 1999 (Movie)

Linc Hayes (Actor)

The Wood 1999 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

ER 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


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)


The Program 1993 (Movie)

Darnell Jefferson (Actor)

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


Juice 1992 (Movie)

Quincy (Actor)

Conviction (TV Show)


Daybreak (TV Show)


Deadly Voyage (TV Show)


First Time Felon (TV Show)

Music (1)

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

Theme Music


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.


Bonnie Epps

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

Aiyanna Epps

born in 1999

Aisha Epps


Sanaa Lathan Actor

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

Keisha Spivey Actor

singer for the girl group Total engaged as of April 2004


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

New York , New York



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


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


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


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


Acted in "Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000"


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Began writing screenplays at age 10 (date approximate)

Bonus Trivia


Epps on Hollywood's politics and prejudices: "Any film with a voice of passion, they're not going to want it to come. No disrespect to any of these people, but I feel that they might give Denzel [Washington] an Academy Award for playing a slave, whereas when he's playing the most powerful leader from any background--Malcolm X--he doesn't even get a nomination." --to TIME OUT NEW YORK, June 12-19, 1996


"I look at the thugs and drug dealers from the old neighborhood as having the same mentality as these Hollywood people. You deal with bigger money out here, but either way, it's like swimming in a shark tank." --Epps on how his Brooklyn, New York upbringing has prepared him for Hollywood, quoted in US, October 1996


"I'm going to be the first black president of the United States. If Reagan can do it, I know I can." --Epps quoted in NEWSDAY, April 4, 1999


Every film is a success to me once you get through the process. You meet great people and you get inspired and you each push eachother to the limit and you try to grow and progress as an artist, so it's beautiful to work with my peers."---Epps to Venice Magazine February 2004


"I'm the type of person who just wants to fulfill my potential, no matter what it might be."---Epps to TV Guide, May 28, 2007.