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Also Known As: Omar Hashim Epps Died:
Born: July 23, 1973 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, record producer, songwriter, screenwriter

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With his athletic build and masculine good looks, Omar Epps was frequently cast as sports heroes and troubled teenagers in his early film career. It was on television, however, where the actor demonstrated his range to a larger audience, largely through his work on two celebrated medical dramas. While still in his teens, Epps made his feature film debut in the urban crime drama "Juice" (1991). Receiving strong notices for his role, Epps moved on to playing various athletic types in movies such as "The Program" (1993), "Major League II" (1994), and the John Singleton-directed "Higher Learning" (1995). In 1996, Epps joined the cast of the hugely popular medical series "ER" (1994-2009), starring as a talented intern who became overwhelmed by the stress and politics at the busy Chicago hospital, leading to tragic results. Although only on the show for less than a season, Epps made a lasting impression, furthering his already promising career. At the end of the decade, Epps was busier than ever with a full slate of projects - some of merit; others less so - with features like the sequel "Scream 2" (1997), the embarrassing "The Mod Squad" (1999), and the thriller "In Too Deep" (1999). He returned to the...

With his athletic build and masculine good looks, Omar Epps was frequently cast as sports heroes and troubled teenagers in his early film career. It was on television, however, where the actor demonstrated his range to a larger audience, largely through his work on two celebrated medical dramas. While still in his teens, Epps made his feature film debut in the urban crime drama "Juice" (1991). Receiving strong notices for his role, Epps moved on to playing various athletic types in movies such as "The Program" (1993), "Major League II" (1994), and the John Singleton-directed "Higher Learning" (1995). In 1996, Epps joined the cast of the hugely popular medical series "ER" (1994-2009), starring as a talented intern who became overwhelmed by the stress and politics at the busy Chicago hospital, leading to tragic results. Although only on the show for less than a season, Epps made a lasting impression, furthering his already promising career. At the end of the decade, Epps was busier than ever with a full slate of projects - some of merit; others less so - with features like the sequel "Scream 2" (1997), the embarrassing "The Mod Squad" (1999), and the thriller "In Too Deep" (1999). He returned to the urban sports milieu - and the good graces of critics - with "Love & Basketball" (2000). Future efforts ranged from the interesting but little-seen "Brother" (2001), to the sappy and uninspired "Against the Ropes" (2004). Fortune smiled on Epps when he was cast on yet another immensely popular hospital drama, "House" (Fox, 2004- ), starring as series regular Dr. Eric Foreman. Hardworking and talented, Epps had skillfully managed to crossover from initially playing troubled urban athletes, to essaying highly-complex, educated professionals, all of which demonstrated the actor's impressive range.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Alfie (2004) Marlon
3.
 Against the Ropes (2004) Luther Shaw
4.
 Conviction (2002) Carl Upchurch
5.
 Big Trouble (2002) Seitz
6.
 Brother (2000) Denny
7.
 Love & Basketball (2000) Quincy Mccall
8.
 Dracula 2000 (2000) Marcus
9.
 Wood, The (1999) Mike
10.
 Mod Squad, The (1999) Linc Hayes
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Milestones close milestones

1983:
Began writing screenplays at age 10 (date approximate)
1991:
TV acting debut in the "ABC Afterschool Special" entitled "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story"
1992:
Made feature film debut as star of the Harlem-set coming-of-age drama "Juice"
1992:
Guest starred as a neighborhood tough in the short-lived comedy series, "Here and Now" (NBC)
1993:
Featured as a college football player in the controversial sports drama "The Program"
1994:
Portrayed baseball player Willie Mays Hayes in the sequel "Major League II"
1995:
Appeared as a former track star adjusting to the pressures and uneasy relations of college life in "Higher Learning"
1996:
Starred in the HBO movie "Deadly Voyage", the true story of the slaughter of stowaways on a ship bound for America
1996:
Played recurring role of Dr. Dennis Gant on the NBC medical drama "ER"
1997:
Co-wrote the main title theme song for "The Wayans Bros."
1997:
Starred as a reformed small-time criminal struggling to re-enter society after an heroic act in HBO's "First Time Felon"
1997:
Played a moviegoer who came to an early end in the horror blockbuster "Scream 2"
1999:
Essayed the role of Lincoln Hayes in the big screen version of "The Mod Squad"
1999:
Took supporting role to Bruce Willis, Nick Nolte and Albert Finney in "Breakfast of Champions"; film screened at the Berlin and Seattle film festivals and released in Europe
1999:
Starred in "The Wood", a drama following a group of middle-class African-Americans from youth to adulthood
1999:
Was featured alongside Stanley Tucci and LL Cool J in the crime drama "In Too Deep"
2000:
Appeared in the sports-themed romance "Love & Basketball"
2000:
Co-starred with Japanese actor-director Takeshi Kitano in "Brother"; released theatrically in 2001
2000:
Acted in "Wes Craven Presents Dracula 2000"
2002:
Portrayed Carl Upchurch in "Conviction," Based on a true story
2004:
Had leading role opposite Meg Ryan in "Against the Ropes"
2004:
Portrayed the best friend opposite Jude Law in "Alfie," a remake of the 1960's movie that starred Michael Caine
2004:
Cast as Dr. Eric Foreman on Fox's medical drama "House"
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Education

Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Epps on Hollywood's politics and prejudices: "Any film with a voice of passion, they're not going to want it to come. No disrespect to any of these people, but I feel that they might give Denzel [Washington] an Academy Award for playing a slave, whereas when he's playing the most powerful leader from any background--Malcolm X--he doesn't even get a nomination." --to TIME OUT NEW YORK, June 12-19, 1996

"I look at the thugs and drug dealers from the old neighborhood as having the same mentality as these Hollywood people. You deal with bigger money out here, but either way, it's like swimming in a shark tank." --Epps on how his Brooklyn, New York upbringing has prepared him for Hollywood, quoted in US, October 1996

"I'm going to be the first black president of the United States. If Reagan can do it, I know I can." --Epps quoted in NEWSDAY, April 4, 1999

Every film is a success to me once you get through the process. You meet great people and you get inspired and you each push eachother to the limit and you try to grow and progress as an artist, so it's beautiful to work with my peers."---Epps to Venice Magazine February 2004

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Sanaa Lathan. Actor. Reportedly dating in 2000; rumored to be no longer together as of March 2003.
companion:
Keisha Spivey. Singer. Singer for the girl group Total; engaged as of April 2004.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Bonnie Epps. School principal, teacher. Raised Epps and his sister as a single parent after she separated from Epps' father.
sister:
Aisha Epps. Younger.
daughter:
Aiyanna Yasmine Epps. Born in 1999.

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