Omar Epps is an African-American actor who is best known for his roles in the movies Juice (1992) and Love and Basketball (2000) as well as in the television medical drama series House where he appears as Dr. Eric Foreman.
The talented actor, who has received several award nominations for his many roles and is regarded as one of the most successful African-American actors of his generation, is also a rapper, songwriter, and music producer. Read on to find out more about his family, net worth and other accomplishments.
Omar Epps was born Omar Hashim Epps on July 20, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised by a single mother following her divorce from his father. His mother, Bonnie Maria Epps, was a school teacher turned principal and then school superintendent.
As a child, Epps showed signs of being an entertainer which prompted his mother to enroll him at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied theater opposite fellow actor and comedian Marlon Wayans who is a noted member of the Wayans Family.
His poetry writing skill made him want to be a rapper and was the driving force to his joining Queen Latifah as a backup singer and dancer on tour. In 1991, he joined forces with his cousin to form the rap group Wolfpack. While trying to make it in the music world, Epps continued auditioning for roles after he graduated high school. His big break came in 1992 when he was cast alongside Tupac Shakur in the film Juice (1992). He followed that breathtaking performance with another one in The Program (1993) and then in Deadly Voyage (1996) which won him the best actor award at the Monte Carlo Television Festival.
A couple of roles in which Omar Epps appeared as an athlete followed before he joined the cast of the medical drama ‘ER’ for the 1996-97 season. After his character tragically dies in ER, Epps returned to the big screen to star as a murder victim in ‘Scream 2’ (1997).
In 1999, he stepped his game up to appear in four different films; The Mod Squad, In Too Deep alongside Stanley Tucci and LL Cool J, The Wood with Taye Diggs and Richard T. Jones and then in Breakfast of Champions. He continued his good streak of performance in Love & Basketball (2000) where he portrayed Quincy, an NBA hopeful and love interest of Sanaa Lathan’s character Monica.
In 2004, Epps played a boxer in the biopic Against the Ropes before going to play a role in another medical drama. This time it was a recurring one in House M.D where he portrayed Dr. Eric Foreman until the showed ended in May 2012. For his performances in the show, Epps earned six NAACP Image Awards nominations for which he won three (2007, 2008, 2013).
Omar Epps’ Net Worth
Omar Epps is said to have an estimated net worth of $15 million which he has earned from his various acting roles. That figure is to be expected considering he has been acting for over three decades, since 1988.
Family – Wife (Keisha Epps)
Omar Epps is married to Keisha Epps (nee Spivey), one half of the 90s Bad Boy Records hip-hop group Total. The pair first met in 1992 and dated for a while before breaking up due to their different work and business schedules. In 1999, they gave their relationship a second shot and by 2006, decided to exchange vows.
Together, he and Keisha have two children; a daughter, K’mari Mae born in 2004 and then a son Amir who was born in 2007. Epps has an older daughter named Alyanna Yasmine who was born in 1999 from a previous relationship.
Is He related To Mike Tomlin?
It is said that everybody has a doppelganger somewhere in the world. Luckily for Omar Epps, his lookalike is Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. The two men look like identical twins, to say the least as they share similar facial features and are about the same height. However, the two men are not related.
Heigh, Weight, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Omar Hashim Epps
Date of Birth: July 20, 1973
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5 feet 10 inches (1.778m)
Weight: 79kg (175 lbs)
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Net Worth: $15 million