Omari Hardwick Biography: Wife, Net Worth, Movies & TV Shows, Height, Age, Parents, Siblings

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Omari Hardwick is a versatile and charismatic actor, poet, and producer who has charmed audiences with his performances in various TV shows and movies.

He is best known for his role as James “Ghost” St. Patrick in the series Power and as Vanderohe in the film Army of the Dead.

He is also a talented poet who has competed in national poetry slam competitions and co-founded a production company.


  • Full name: Omari Latif Hardwick
  • Date of birth: January 9, 1974
  • Age: 49 years old (as of 2023)
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, poet, producer
  • Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
  • Parents: Joyce and Clifford Hardwick III
  • Siblings: Jamil Hardwick, Malik Hardwick, Shani Hardwick
  • Spouse: Jennifer Pfautch
  • Children: Nova Hardwick, Brave Hardwick
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $8 million

Early Life & Education

Omari Hardwick, who clocked at 49, was born on January 9, 1974, in Savannah, Georgia, to Joyce and Clifford Hardwick III, an attorney.

He grew up in Decatur, Georgia, with his three siblings, Jamil, Malik and Shani. He attended Marist School in Brookhaven, Georgia, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, and football.

He was also interested in poetry and acting from a young age. He later received a football scholarship to the University of Georgia, where he majored in theatre.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.

Personal Life

Omari Hardwick married Jennifer Pfautch, who is of Native American and German descent, in 2012.

They have two children: a son named Brave and a daughter named Nova. Their first child, a son, died in infancy in 2008 due to a rare genetic disorder.

The couple faced a lot of criticism and racism for their interracial marriage, but they have remained strong and supportive of each other.

Hardwick is also a devout Christian and credits his faith for helping him overcome his hardships.


Omari Hardwick initially pursued a football career, but after not being selected in the NFL Draft, he returned to acting.

He worked odd jobs and lived in his car before landing his first role in the TV movie Sucker Free City in 2004. He then appeared in various TV shows and movies, such as Saved, The Guardian, Miracle at St. Anna, Dark Blue, For Colored Girls, Kick-Ass, and Sparkle.

He gained recognition and acclaim for his role as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a drug lord and nightclub owner, in the series Power, which ran from 2014 to 2020.

He also starred as Vanderohe, a zombie-killing mercenary, in the film Army of the Dead, released in 2021.

He is also a producer and co-founder of Bravelife Films, a production company focusing on independent and socially conscious projects.

He is also a poet who has placed in the top five of the 2003 and 2004 US National Poetry Slam competitions. He co-founded the Actors Lounge at the Greenway Theater in Los Angeles, where he performed his poetry and mentored aspiring actors.

Net Worth

Omari Hardwick has an estimated net worth of $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. He has earned wealth from his acting, producing, and poetry careers.

He reportedly earned $45,000 per episode for his role in Power, which was one of the most popular and successful shows on Starz.

He also has endorsement deals with brands such as Cadillac, Hennessy, and Nike.


Omari Hardwick has faced controversy and backlash in his career, mostly related to his personal life and role in Power. Some of the controversies he has been involved in are:

In 2019, he was criticized for kissing Beyoncé twice on the cheek at the NAACP Image Awards, which some fans deemed as disrespectful and inappropriate.

He later defended himself and said he showed love and respect to Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z, his friends and mentors.

In 2020, he was accused of being ungrateful and disrespectful to the Power creator and executive producer Courtney Kemp after he failed to mention her in his farewell post on Instagram.

He later apologized and said he had no intention of snubbing her and was grateful for her support and guidance.

In 2021, he was slammed by some fans for his comments on Chadwick Boseman’s death, which they perceived as self-centred and insensitive.

He posted a lengthy tribute on Instagram, revealing that he was offered the role of Black Panther before Boseman, but he turned it down because he felt that Boseman was the right choice.

He also said that he and Boseman had a special bond and that he was devastated by his loss. Some fans felt that he was trying to make Boseman’s death about himself and lying about being offered the role of Black Panther.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @omarihardwickofficial
  • Twitter handle: @OmariHardwick


  • Sucker Free City
  • Beauty Shop
  • Saved
  • The Guardian
  • Gridiron Gang
  • Miracle at St. Anna
  • Next Day Air
  • Lie to Me
  • Dark Blue
  • Everyday Black Man
  • For Colored Girls
  • I Will Follow
  • Kick-Ass
  • Chase
  • Power

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