Omari Hardwick is a multifaceted award-winning artist that transcends all mediums and demographics.
Hardwick starred for 6 seasons as James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick in the critically acclaimed and ratings hit “Power” earning him the 2020, 2019 & 2018 NAACP Image Award for leading actor in a drama series.
Hardwick will be seen in the Netflix original film, “Army of the Dead,” written and directed by Zach Snyder. The film takes place following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. The film will be released on Netflix on May 21st, 2021.
Hardwick was last seen in Spike Lee produced “American Skin,” which was released in theaters on January 15, 2021 and premiered at the Venice Film Festival. In October 2020, Hardwick starred in horror-thriller film “Spell,” that follows a man (Hardwick) who crashes his plane while en route to rural Appalachia with his family for a funeral and awakens to find himself totally alone and without his bearings.
He is currently filming Netflix’s “Pieces of Her,” alongside Toni Collette. The dramatic thriller series is based on the 2018 book by bestselling crime author Karin Slaughter. Hardwick portrays Gordon Oliver, a successful lawyer in Savannah. When a shocking act of violence puts his ex-wife and stepdaughter in sudden danger, Gordon is drawn into a shadowy world.
In May 2019, he launched his own podcast titled “Poetics” for the Luminary Network. The podcast features deep, in-depth conversations between Hardwick and rap’s biggest stars including Method Man, 50 Cent, Draymond Green, Dave East, Casanova, Big Daddy Kane, among others.
In 2018, Hardwick starred in Tyler Perry’s Paramount film “Nobody’s Fool” opposite Tiffany Haddish, Max Martini’s “Will Gardner,” “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream: Love on Election Night” and Boots Riley’s dark social comedy “Sorry to Bother You” alongside Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield.
Hardwick made his TV series debut in Showtime’s 2004 Crime-Drama series, “Sucker Free City” for director Spike Lee. Other television credits include “Saved and Dark Blue” for TNT, and BET’s “Being Mary Jane,” for which he earned 2 NAACP Image Award nominations.
His additional film credits include “Shot Caller” Lionsgate’s “For Colored Girls,” Sony Pictures’ “Sparkle,” indies “Middle of Nowhere” and “I Will Follow,” both for director Ava DuVernay, 20th Century Fox’s “The A-Team,” Lionsgate’s “Kick-Ass” for director Matthew Vaughn, Touchstone’s “Miracle at St. Anna,” reuniting him with director Spike Lee, Touchstone’s “The Guardian” opposite Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, and Columbia’s “Gridiron Gang.”
On Stage, Hardwick co-wrote and performed a one man show “HerO: A work in progress” at The Billy Holiday theater in 2018. The one nigh (2 performances), sold out immediately, examined his life, love and loss of a black man growing up in Georgia with big dreams.
In addition, Hardwick is an accomplished musician, poet and spoken word artist. He has written over 4,000 poems, including “Little Black Boy Wonder,” performed and produced by Hardwick with Marlon Wayans, David Oyelowo, Eriq LaSalle, Jay Ellis, Sugar Shane Mosely, Bill Duke, among others.