Omar Epps was born on July 20, 1973, in Brooklyn, Ny. He studied theatre in high school and by age 17 got a part as a backup singer and dancer for Queen Latifah. In 1992, he starred in his first movie Juice with Tupac Shakur. Since then he’s appeared in multiple movie and television characters. He is famous for his portrayal of Dr. Eric Foreman on the TV show House.
Omar Hashim Epps was born on July 20, 1973, in Brooklyn, Ny. An only child, he was raised by his mom, Bonnie Epps, a lifelong educator who improved from teacher to principal to school superintendent. Epps established a multi-gifted youngster whose first love was writing. “I have been writing since I was a child—short stories, poetry and all of that, and performing is simply an expansion of that,” he afterwards said. “It just came naturally.”
As well as composing and performing, Epps also excelled at music and dancing.
In 1992, soon after graduating from high school, Omar Epps got a starring role opposite the late hip hop star Tupac Shakur in the movie Juice, a terrible and violent story about four young men growing up in Harlem. A year after, Epps was cast as a star running in the college football picture The Program. From that time on, despite standing at just 5’10” and favoring the artwork to sports in actual life, Epps was often typecast in sportsman characters. “It was always sort of a mystery if you ask me, why I was constantly cast as some sportsman,” Epps would later confess.
In among the show’s most intense scenes ever, Dr. Gant tragically expires after either bound or falling onto train tracks. Epps credits his character on ER with helping him break through to national recognition. “They’d 40 million viewers,” he said. “Folks began placing the name with all the face.”
After leaving ER, Epps returned to the big screen having a modest but memorable part as a murder victim in the 1997 hit sequel Scream 2. Again playing an sportsman, Epps subsequently turned in among his most famous performances as an aspiring basketball player in Love & Basketball (2000). He also starred opposite Meg Ryan as a fighter in the 2004 movie Against the Ropes. The exact same year, Epps returned to the part of TV physician on another popular medical drama, FOX’s House M.D.
Omar Epps wed vocalist Keisha Spivey (previously of the all-female R&B trio Complete) in 2006. The pair met and briefly dated in 1992. Epps subsequently dated Love & Basketball costar Sanaa Lathan before reuniting with Spivey in 2004. He and Spivey have two kids, daughter, K’mari Mae (produced in 2004) and sonAmir (produced in 2007). Epps also offers a daughter from an earlier relationship, Alyanna Yasmine (produced in 1999).
An performer with such extraordinary range he continues to be typecast as both a distressed sportsman and an intelligent physician, Epps is among the very most successful African American performers of his generation. Epps lately formed his own production firm, Brooklyn Works Movies, through which he expects to expand into writing, directing and producing. Epps sets no limits for himself when envisioning the future direction of his career, and has even proposed he could become president of America. “If Ronald Reagan can get it done,” he explained, “I understand I can.”