Fast Facts

  • Placed in the top five in the 2003 and 2004 National Poetry Slam Competitions.
  • Played football in high school (for the Marist War Eagles), college (for the Furman Purple Paladins and then for the University of Georgia Bulldogs) and professionally (for the San Diego Chargers).
  • Cofounded the theater group Plan B and the Actor's Lounge in Los Angeles.
  • Spent two years training to be a Los Angeles paramedic and fireman before he took on his role in TNT's 2006 drama series Saved.
  • Founded the production company Bravelife Films.
  • Supports youth-violence prevention and anti-bullying organizations.


  • Jamil Hardwick — Brother
  • Joyce Hardwick — Mother
  • Clifford Hardwick IV — Father
  • Shani Hardwick — Sister
  • Malik Hardwick — Brother


  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA (1996)

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  • Birth Name: Omari Lateef Hardwick
  • Birth Place: Savannah, GA
  • Profession: Actor, Athlete, Poet

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