Omar Epps is an African-American actor best known for his roles in the films Juice (1992) and Love and Basketball (2000) as well as in the medical television drama series House, where he appears as Dr. Eric Foreman.
The talented actor, who has received several award nominations for his numerous roles and is considered one of the most successful African-American actors of his generation, is also active as a rapper, songwriter, and music producer. Read on to learn more about his family, his fortune, and other accomplishments.
Omar Epps was born Omar Hashim Epps on 20 July 1973 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised by a single mother after the divorce from his father. His mother, Bonnie Maria Epps, was a teacher and became headmistress and then principal.
As a child, Epps showed signs of being an entertainer, which led his mother to enroll him at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied theater with his actor colleague and comedian Marlon Wayans, who is a well-known member of the Wayans family.
His ability to write poetry awakened in him the desire to become a rapper and was the driving force behind his decision to tour with Queen Latifah as a background singer and dancer. In 1991 he joined forces with his cousin and founded the rap group Wolfpack. While trying to gain a foothold in the music world, Epps continued to audition for roles after graduating high school. His big break came in 1992 when he was cast alongside Tupac Shakur in the movie Juice (1992). This stunning performance was followed by another in The Program (1993) and then in Deadly Voyage (1996), which won him the Best Actor Award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
Several roles followed in which Omar Epps appeared as an athlete before he joined the cast of the medical drama “ER” in the 1996-97 season. After the tragic death of his character in “ER”, Epps returned to the screen to appear as a murder victim in “Scream 2” (1997).
In 1999 he intensified his acting and appeared in four different movies: The Mod Squad, In Too Deep alongside Stanley Tucci and LL Cool J, The Wood with Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones, and then in Breakfast of Champions. He continued his good performance in Love & Basketball (2000), where he portrayed Quincy, an NBA hope and the love interest of Sanaa Lathan’s character Monica.
In 2004, Epps played a boxer in Biopic Against the Ropes before he was to play a role in another medical drama. This time it was a recurring role in House M.D. where he portrayed Dr. Eric Foreman until the performance ended in May 2012. For his performance in the show, Epps received six nominations for the NAACP Image Awards, for which he won three (2007, 2008, 2013).
Omar Epps’ Net Worth
Omar Epps is said to have an estimated net worth of $15 million, which he earned through his various acting roles. This figure is to be expected considering that he has been acting for more than three decades, since 1988.
Family – Wife (Keisha Epps)
Omar Epps is married to Keisha Epps (née Spivey), one half of the hip-hop group Total from Bad Boy Records in the 90s. The two met for the first time in 1992 and met for a while before they separated due to their different work and business plans. In 1999 they gave their relationship a second chance and decided to exchange vows in 2006.
Together he and Keisha have two children, a daughter, K’mari Mae, born in 2004, and a son, Amir, born in 2007. Epps has an older daughter, Alyanna Yasmine, born in 1999 from a previous relationship.
Is He related To Mike Tomlin?
They say that everyone has a double somewhere in the world. Luckily for Omar Epps, his doppelganger is the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mike Tomlin. The two men look like identical twins, to say the least, as they have similar facial features and are about the same height. However, the two men are not related.
Height, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Omar Hashim Epps
Date of Birth: July 20, 1973
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.778m)
Weight: 79kg (175 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Net Worth: $15 million