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 got 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 started writing short stories, which showed his amazing talents ever since he was a little boy.
He was friends with the actor Marlon Wayans since they were just little children. When he was in high school, he went to Fiorello LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York. This school was a result of a merging that took place between two older art schools, one of them was the school on which "Fame", the TV show and the movie was based, in 1980.
Omar Hashim is more than one thing, he is an actor, rapper and songwriter. Epps was in love with writing and he once announced that acting was only an extension to his writing skills. Acting came very natural 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 casted in the role of a troubled teenager or a troubled athlete. In 1992, he got his first starring role in the movie "Juice". The story of the movie was both violent and tragic. Only one year later, he was starring in the football movie "The Program" and since then he was often casted in athlete roles. Although, he was considerably short to an athlete, he was only 5'10'' so Epps was a bit surprised of how he was always casted 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 movie "Higher Learning" as a collegiate track star.
Music and dance:
Omar Epps was not only caught up with his acting career, but he was also keen on his music career as well. By the age of 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", which was 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 first onscreen debut was in the movie "Juice", in 1992. From this moment, his rapper career was slowly diminishing 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 role in the movie "The Wood". Later in 1999, he was in the movie "IN Too Deep".
|Birth Date:||20 Jul, 1973|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Education:||Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School|