Omari Hardwick stars as ‘Ghost’ on the hit Starz Original Series “Power,” (2016 NAACP Image Award nomination) from CBS TV Studios and executive producers Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson, Mark Canton, Randall Emmett and Courtney A. Kemp. 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. He made his TV series debut in Showtime’s “Sucker Free City” for director Spike Lee. Feature credits include the upcoming Shot Caller for director Ric Waugh, 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. In addition, Hardwick is an accomplished 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.
Born Omari Latif Hardwick, he grew up in Decatur, Georgia. By the age of 14, Hardwick was writing poetry on a regular basis, a passion he would carry with him into adulthood. In high school, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and football, and went on to play football at the University of Georgia. A star on the field, Hardwick never gave up his passion for acting, and minored in theater in college. After graduation, Hardwick relocated to San Diego for a spot on the San Diego Chargers (NFL), though a knee injury cut his football career short. He then decided to revisit his original passion for acting and moved to New York to study the craft more extensively. He moved to Los Angeles and got his first big break in 2003, when he was cast as a series regular in Spike Lee’s “Sucker Free City.”