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Omar Hashim Epps is an American actor, rapper, and producer. The actor has received nine NAACP Image Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, one MTV Movie Award, one Black Reel Award, and one Screen Actors Guild Award for his work in film.
Omar Epps was born on the 20th of July, in 1973. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, United States. When he was only a child, his parents divorced, so he was raised by his single mother, Bonnie Marie. His mother was an elementary school principal. He had only one sibling, Aisha Epps. At the age of ten, he started writing poetry. He was left-handed. In addition to his poetry writing, he began writing short stories, which showed his unique talents ever since he was a little boy.
He was friends with the actor Marlon Wayans since they were just little children. He went to Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York in high school. This school resulted from a merger between two older art schools, one of them was the school on which "Fame," the TV show, and the movie were based in 1980.
Omar Hashim is more than one thing, and he is an actor, rapper, and songwriter. Epps was in love with writing, and he once announced that acting was only an extension of his writing skills. Acting came very naturally to him. He was a co-star and a star in many movies such as "Juice," "Love and Basketball," "Scream 2", etc.
During his early start in his acting career, he was always cast as a troubled teenager or athlete. In 1992, he got his first starring role in the movie "Juice." The story of the film was both violent and tragic. Only one year later, he starred in the football movie "The Program," Since then, he was often cast in athlete roles. Although he was considerably short to an athlete, he was only 5'10'', so Epps was surprised by how he was always released as an athlete. In 1994, he played the role of Willie Mays Hayes, the baseball star in the movie "Major League II." Later in 1995, he was in the film "Higher Learning" as a collegiate track star.
Omar Epps was not only caught up with his acting career, but he was also keen on his music career. By 17, he got his first role with Queen Latifah as a backup dancer and singer during her tour. Soon after that, he and his cousin formed "Wolfpack," a rap group. In addition to this, in 1994, he starred in the music video "Before I let you go" of Blackstreet.
As previously mentioned, Epps's first on-screen debut was in the movie "Juice" in 1992. His rapper career was slowly diminishing from this moment while his acting career continued to grow higher and higher each day. In 1994, he landed the role of Willie Mays Hayes, the baseball star in "Major League II". In 1999, he was offered a multi-dimensional position in "The Wood." Later, in 1999, he was in the movie "IN Too Deep."
The same year also witnessed his supporting role in "Breakfast of the Champions". He also starred in "Love and Basketball" with his ex Sanaa Lathan where he played the role of Quincy. Furthermore, he was very famous for his two parts in the television medical dramas, "House," where he portrayed the role of Dr. Eric Foreman, and "ER," where he played the role of the troubled surgical intern, Dr. Dennis Gant. In addition to all that, in 2004, he starred in front of Meg Ryan in "Against the Rope." In the same year, he starred in "Alfie" with Jude Law. Besides, in 2014, he starred in "Resurrection, " an ABC drama.
Epp's most fantastic role and the one that got him most of his fame, attention, and audience was when he portrayed the character of "Dr. Dennis Gant," who was a surgeon residing in the hospital and caught in the everyday pressures of the emergency room in "ER," NBC's popular medical drama. Epps, later on, credited his national fame to his role on "ER" since it had an enormous number of viewers that could reach about 40 million.
Due to his outstanding talents, Epps has been awarded and nominated repeatedly. Epps received an NAACP Image Award for great supporting actor in the Drama Series "House" in 2004, 2007, and 2008. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for best actor in his movie "Conviction." He was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series in 2005, 2006, and 2009. In 1996, he received an award for best actor as Kingsley Ofusu in the HBO actual story movie "Deadly Voyage."
Like any other celebrity, Omar Epps has been in many relations. His first relationship was with Keisha Spivey. The two dated for a brief period back in 1992 until they tragically broke up. Although their connection did not last for long, Omar had always described Keisha as "The one that got away" cause however much he tried to forget her over the years, he never managed to. After he broke up with Keisha, the love of his life, he got into another relationship with his co-star from "Love and Basketball," Sanaa Lathan. Their relation didn't last for long and ended in 2003. In 2001, Omar went through his first and only divorce from Yousra Salama; it was his first time getting married.
In 2004, surprisingly, after all those years, Omar and Keisha got reunited once more. It was around the time when their first baby daughter, as a couple, K'Mari, was born. In 2006, the lovely couple got married, and only one year later, in 2007, they received their second baby, a son whom they called Amir. The two live happily ever after with their daughter K'mari, their son Amir and Alyanna Yasmine, Omar's daughter from his first marriage.
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