Omar Epps is counted among the very versatile personalities in the American entertainment industry. He is not just an actor, but also a rapper, dancer, and record producer. As a matter of fact, his debut in showbiz was not in a movie but as a backup singer and dancer for a reputable celebrity.
This may seem puzzling because Epps has attained high prominence in the movie industry, stealing away memories of his music days. Here are other lesser-known facts about the black American actor.
Omar Epps’ Early Life & Career
The actor was born on July 20, 1973, to his parents in Brooklyn, New York. He didn’t have the best childhood having come from a broken home. When he was much younger, his parents got divorced, causing him to grow up with his mother Bonnie Epps, who was a school teacher. Coming from a broken home did not break him it rather, made him more committed to his passion.
Omar who attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts built a strong charisma for himself which has extensively help his career. At the school where he studied Theatre, he immersed himself in writing, acting, singing, and dancing. His talents were super outstanding and there was no stopping him.
He made his debut in showbiz as a background dancer for Queen Latifah and was part of her music tour at a time. Motivated further to go into music, he formed a rap group with his cousin in 1991. Later on, he ventured into the movie industry, landing his debut movie role in 1992 as a major character in the movie The Juice, in which he starred alongside 2Pac Shakur. This was just the beginning for Epps, he soon landed another role the following year in the movie The Program, where he starred as a running back of a football team. For pulling off such a daunting role, the actor who was less inclined to sports started getting sports movie roles and gradually rose to prominence with such roles.
Epps joined the cast of the medical drama series ER in 1996, as Dr. Dennis Grant. He left the series in 1997 with a significant impression in the big screen. Following his intriguing role in the series which grossed millions of dollars, Omar shot to fame and became a hot cake for movie producers. His next big appearance was in the movie Scream 2 which further paved way for him. He then went on to play major roles in the following movies; Mod Squad, Breakfast of Champions, The Wood and In Too Deep.
Omar Epps’ Wife, Kids, and Brother
Omar Epps who has won the hearts of his fans with his unparalleled skill is also a husband and a father. He is married to his beautiful wife Keisha Spivey. Spivey was a former member of R&B trio ‘Total’.
The two tied the knot in 2006 after they started out as friends as far back as 1992. They had dated briefly in the 90s but went back to being friends. They soon reunited in 2004 and finally settled down in 2006. Omar and Keysha have two kids, a daughter, K’mari Mae (born in 2004) and a son Amir (born in 2007).
The couple has been together for over 10 years, becoming an inspiration to other Hollywood couples. In some of his interviews, Epps has eulogized his wife for her unwavering love and support in the course of his career and their marriage. Omar has another child Yasmine – his daughter from a previous relationship.
Aisha Epps is the only known sibling of Omar. While nothing is known about the actor having a brother, he played a major role in the 2000 hit movie – Brother, written and directed by renowned Japanese writer and director, Takeshi Kitano. In the movie, he played a cult figure and a gangster.
What Is His Net Worth?
Omar Epps’ net worth is estimated at $15 million, which is quite deserving for a man of his caliber. According to reports, Epps receives as high as $100,000 for an episode in the series he featured in.
Details of his houses and cars are not available at the moment but Omar Epps surely lives comfortably with his family. Speaking of house, Epps earned himself more admiration when he played the role of Dr. Eric Foreman on Fox medical drama, House.
He was one of the most daring characters, tasked with the responsibility of challenging main character Dr. Gregory House. The series which lasted for six episodes earned him more prominence as well as more accolades including the 2007 and 2008 NAACP Image Award for best supporting actor in a drama series.