Actor, Author & Producer
Omar Epps currently stars on the Starz/Lionsgate hit show, RAISING KANAN. He starred in the hit USA drama series, SHOOTER, and the Lionsgate thriller TRAFFIK, opposite Paula Patton. Prior to that, he starred in two seasons of the critically acclaimed ABC drama, RESURRECTION, and starred in the powerhouse hit Fox medical drama, HOUSE (for eight seasons) which he received an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2007 and 2008. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” in 2005, as well as “Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series” in 2006, 2009 and again in 2012. The highly successful series was Emmy nominated for “Outstanding Drama Series” from 2006-2009.
Epps starred in the Netflix thriller, FATAL AFFAIR (alongside Nia Long) which was the number one streamed original film on the platform for two weeks domestically.
Epps was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his performance in the 2002 Showtime Original movie, CONVICTION. Omar has starred in three HBO originals, FIRST TIME FELON (directed by Charles Dutton), DAYBREAK, and DEADLY VOYAGE (produced by Danny Glover).
Omar Epps made his film debut in 1992 in Ernest Dickerson’s urban drama, JUICE alongside Tupac Shakur. He went on to star in the college cult classic, THE PROGRAM (alongside Halle Berry), and in John Singleton’s much acclaimed film, HIGHER LEARNING. From there, Omar also starred in Miramax/MTV’s, THE WOOD, Miramax’s, IN TOO DEEP (with LL Cool J), and in the classic romance film, LOVE AND BASKETBALL.
Some of Omar’s other credits include Paramount’s, ALFIE (opposite Jude Law and Susan Sarandon), AGAINST THE ROPES (opposite Meg Ryan), Takeshi Kitano’s BROTHER for Sony Classics, MGM’s remake of THE MOD SQUAD (opposite Claire Danes), BREAKFAST FOR CHAMPIONS (with Bruce Willis and Nick Nolte), and The Wayans’ Brothers DON’T BE A MENACE TO SOUTH CENTRAL WHILE DRINKING YOUR JUICE IN THE HOOD.
Through Epps’ production company BrooklynWorks Films, he’s producing several projects including a half hour comedy along with Marlon Wayans at Netflix, a scripted drama series at Amazon, a scripted drama series at Warner Media along with a handful of feature films (a few of which he has written himself). He also has projects in the unscripted arena.
Epps is also an author, and penned his self-published memoir “From Fatherless To Fatherhood.” He’s currently working on his latest offering in tandem with world-renowned publisher Penguin Random House.
Epps is heavily immersed in the world of technology, and social media, and is an investor in Plus Capital. He also serves on the advisory boards of a few other tech companies. Epps serves on the Board of Directors for The Creative Coalition and The Peace Studio.
Omar began writing at the age of ten and attended the prestigious LaGuardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts in New York. He is very passionate about education, and writing, thus he continues to give back to his community in those forums.