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Omar Epps
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Birth Name: Omar Hashim Epps
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Occupations: Actor, Writer, Musician, Producer
Quote: "I'm going to be the first black President of the United States. If Reagan can do it, I know I can." --Newsday, April 4, 1999
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Claim to Fame: 1999: Lincoln Hayes in the big-screen version of The Mod Squad

Family:
Mother: school principal; raised Epps and his sister as a single parent after she and their father separated
Sister: Aisha; younger

Biography
This handsome young performer has generally been cast in "troubled teenager" roles. On the small screen, Epps was featured in the ABC Afterschool special "In the Shadow of Love: A Teen AIDS Story" (1991), which explored the lives of teenagers who have contracted the virus, and in the HBO Showcase movie "Daybreak" (1993), as a young street gang member in a future war-torn America plagued by oppressive government and a deadly epidemic. Epps also had a recurring role on the hard-edged sitcom "Here and Now" (NBC, 1992-93). He has sung with and written and produced for the rap group "Wolf Pack". Epps made his feature film acting debut starring in cinematographer Ernest Dickerson's directorial debut, "Juice" (1992), the story of four Harlem teens whose lives take a tragic turn when a store robbery goes out of control. Next, he gave an impressive performance as a young running back in director David S Ward's ambitious but flawed sports drama "The Program" (1993), an attempt to examine the problems and pressures of college football players. The film is best-remembered for inspiring teens to imitate a dangerous stunt of lying in traffic, with fatal consequences. For Ward's less successful sports comedy, the sequel "Major League II" (1994), Epps (replacing Wesley Snipes, who opted out of this follow-up) traded in shoulder pads for a bat. In director John Singleton's third feature "Higher Learning" (1995), Epps portrayed a former high school track star who, along with a handful of other entering students, confronts the issues of identity, diversity and escalating racial tensions on a contemporary college campus.

Filmography
Perfume (2001)
Big Trouble (2001)
Love and Basketball (2000)
Brother (2000)
Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000)
Breakfast of Champions (1999)
The Mod Squad (1999)
The Wood (1999)
In Too Deep (1999)
Scream 2 (1997)
First Time Felon (1997)
Deadly Voyage (1996)
Higher Learning (1995)
Major League 2 (1994)
Daybreak (1993)
The Program (1993)
Juice (1992)

Factoids:
1983: Began writing screenplays at age 10 (date approximate)

Education:
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts, New York, New York

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