Omari Hardwick is a popular TV and film actor in America. On the small screen, Hardwick has appeared in TV shows such as Saved, CSI: Miami, Dark Blue, Being Mary Jane and Power. On the big screen, he has featured in movies such as The Guardian, Miracle at St Anna, Kick Ass, The A-Team, and For Coloured Girls. Hardwick is perhaps most popular for his leading role as Ghost on the crime drama, Power. Power revolves around Hardwick’s’ character, a drug dealer and night club owner trying to clean up his business while dealing with the police and personal issues in his life. Asides from acting, Hardwick is also an accomplished poet and an athlete. Find out more about him here including his wife, kids, brother, height, and net worth.
Omari Hardwick’s Early Life
Omari Latif Hardwick was born on the 9th of January 1974 in Savannah, Georgia. His first name, Omari, stands for most high. His middle name, Latif, stands for gentle.
Hardwick attended Marist school in Atlanta, Georgia where he excelled in several sporting activities. He was so good in football that he received offers of scholarships from several colleges. He chose the Furman University, South Carolina where he played as a defensive back. Latif spent a year at Furman before transferring to the University Of Georgia Athens (UGA) from where he graduated in 1996.
Upon graduation, Omari Hardwick tried getting into the NFL but his career was cut short by a knee injury. When his football dreams shattered, Hardwick (who always had a flair for poetry and theatre) found himself wondering what to do with his life. With some divine guidance, he decided to delve into acting.
He moved to New York City where he took acting classes at the Beacon Theatre. He also performed at various small theatres in New York. Hardwick struggled for quite some time and had to do odd jobs to survive. This was until the year 2004 when he landed a role in the TV movie, Sucker Free City. Since making that humble debut, the Georgia native has never looked back.
He has written at least 4000 poems and participated in several poetry slam competitions.
Parents and Brother
Omari Hardwick hails from a family of six. His father’s name is Clifford Hardwick IV while his mother’s name is Joyce. His father is a lawyer while his mom was a stay-at-home mom. The actor also has two brothers (Jamil and Malik) as well as a sister named Shani Hardwick. Hardwick remains very close to his siblings. One of his brothers stays with him at his L.A. base while the other is based in Atlanta. His brothers also use their social media accounts to promote his various projects.
His Wife and Kids
Latif Hardwick is married to his long-time girlfriend, Jennifer Pfautch. It is not exactly known when the relationship began but we do know that they tied the knot in 2012. The couple has two children together. They are a daughter named Nova, and a son named Brave. Hardwick is fiercely protective of his wife and family. Even though he is blessed with a cool demeanor, he doesn’t take it too kindly when people disrespect his family.
In 2018, a fan publicly accused Hardwick of being rude to her because he refused to take a picture with her. This caused a bit of an uproar and Hardwick had to come out and defend himself. He stated that his reason for turning down the photo request was because the fan didn’t even bother to acknowledge his family members who were sitting nearby. According to him, before the money and fame came, his wife (then girlfriend) stuck with him through thick and thin. He stated that his wife saved his life and he wouldn’t stand people being disrespectful to her.
Height, Weight and Body Features
If there is one thing most people will readily agree on, it is the fact that Hardwick is one fine hunk. The actor is blessed with solid good looks which is hard to ignore. Hardwick is 5 feet 10 inches tall (1.78m) and his weight is given as 85kg or 187.3lbs. The tatted actor also has black hair and brown eyes.
He was also named the sexiest man of the year in 2014 by Essence Magazine. The magazine revealed that his style, humility, protectiveness, pucker-perfect lips, talent, tattoos, dazzling smile, and his impressive career made him their winner.
The American actor has a net worth estimated at $1.5 Million. For an actor who was homeless and living out of his car at some point, Hardwick has really done well for himself. The actor made his fortune from his acting gigs as well as his business ventures. He has a production company known as Bravelife Films. Despite his bustling career, Hardwick is still an avid writer of poetry.