|Omar Epps Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10.5 in|
|Date of Birth||July 20, 1973|
Omar Epps is an American actor, singer, and record producer known for his superior acting skills. He started his career with Juice in 1992. He has portrayed various important roles in popular TV shows like House, ER, and Almost Christmas. Omar has a huge social media fan base with more than 500k followers on Instagram and more than 2 million followers on Twitter.
Omar Hashim Epps
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Omar Epps went to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts.
Actor, Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
- Mother – Bonnie Maria Epps (Elementary School Principal)
- Siblings – Aisha Epps (Sister)
Omar Epps is represented by Anonymous Content (Talent Management Company).
Pop, R&B, Hip Hop
5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Omar Epps has dated –
- Yusra Salama – Omar Epps was previously married to Yusra Salama. During the course of their marriage, Yusra gave birth to his daughter, Aiyanna Yasmine. She is reported to have passed away in 2018.
- Keisha Spivey (1992; 2003-Present) – Epps and singer Keisha Spivey first started dating in 1992 just after the success of his debut movie, Juice. Although they were serious about each other, the relationship didn’t work out and they decided to end it. He dated some other women but his heart kept going back to Keisha. So, they rekindled their romance in 2003. She gave birth to their daughter, K’mari Mae Epps in July 2004. They got married in 2006 in a private wedding ceremony, which was attended by their close friends and family only. She gave birth to their son, Amir Epps in 2007.
- Sanaa Lathan (1999-2002) – Omar started going out with actress Sanaa Lathan in 1999. Their romance had blossomed on the sets of the popular movie, Love & Basketball, in which they were cast opposite each other. They opted to pull the curtains on their relationship in the early months of 2002.
Race / Ethnicity
He has African-American ancestry.
- Nearly bald
- Goatee Beard
He appeared in a TV commercial for Blue Star Families in 2015.
Best Known For
- Having played the role of Dr. Dennis Gant on the medical drama TV series, ER from 1996 to 1997
- Being cast in the role of Dr. Eric Foreman on the popular medical drama TV series, House from 2004 to 2012
- Being cast in the popular movies such as Higher Learning, The Wood, In Too Deep, and Love and Basketball
In 2004, he released his debut studio album, Omar Epps Presents… The Get Back.
In 1992, he made his theatrical film debut in the crime drama movie, Juice. The movie had Tupac Shakur in the lead role along with Epps.
First TV Show
In 1991, Omar Epps made his first TV show appearance on ABC Afterschool Specials.
Omar Epps works out in the gym 5 days a week. His each workout session lasts somewhere between one and a half to 2 hours. He has reserved Monday and Wednesday for upper body work. He works on his lower body on Tuesday and Thursday. Friday is reserved for a general workout.
He starts his workout with half an hour of cardio before moving to machines and free weights. If he has a very busy work schedule and can’t squeeze in a gym workout, he performs bodyweight exercises in his trailers. He does 250 pushups and follows it up with situps.
Omar Epps Favorite Things
- NFL Team – Dallas Cowboys
- NBA Teams – Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder
- Guilty Pleasure Food – Barbecue Potato Chips
Omar Epps Facts
- He started writing songs, short stories, and poetry at the age of 10.
- Before he started acting, he was focused on becoming a rapper. In 1991, he even formed a rap group called Wolfpack with his cousin.
- His debut movie proved to be a huge boost for his career as the movie and Epps’s acting was highly praised by the critics.
- He grew up in tough New York City neighborhoods (Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, and East Flatbush), which were crime-ridden and were hotbeds for drug smuggling.
- Apart from English, he is also fluent in Spanish and French.
- Omar’s father abandoned him and his mother in his early childhood. He never got to know his father.
- He was cast by Blackstreet in their music video of the single Before I Let You Go in 1994.
- In May 2018, he published his memoirs titled, From Fatherless to Fatherhood. He talked about his fatherless childhood as well as his journey to become an accomplished actor and TV star. Unlike other actors and celebrities, he has written his memoirs on his own.
- He has established his own production company called BrooklynWorks Films.
- He collaborated with his childhood friends Marlon and Shawn Wayans, to write the theme song for the WB TV series, The Wayans Bros.
- Follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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