How much is Omari Hardwick worth?
|Date of Birth:
|January 9, 1974 (age 49)
|United States of America
|5 ft 10 in (1.79 m)
“‘Power’ is really such a good show that I forget I’m in it sometimes.” Omari Hardwick
About Omari Hardwick
Omari Hardwick is an American film actor and producer, as well as, podcaster, rapper, and writer. He began his acting career in 2001 and, a few years later, rose to prominence with his role in the television series Dark Blue and Saved. Throughout the 2000s, he starred in numerous television films and series, with his most memorable notes being in Miracle at Saint Anna, The A-Team, Kick-Ass, and For Colour Girls.
In 2014, he became a regular cast member of the crime drama Power, which earned him a nomination for a BET Award in the category “Best Actor”.
“I was trying to pay the bills with poems, and it was easy to memorize my poems, because I’d be riding my bike in California trying to memorize them before going on stage at a poetry lounge.” Omari Hardwick
He was born on January 9, 1974, in Savannah, Georgia. During his pre-teen years, Omari developed an interest in sports. He played football, basketball, and baseball during his time in the Marist High School. At the same time, he was also a passionate writer and poet and he minored in theater. In the early 1990s, he joined the University of Georgia. He was part of the university’s Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and even got a football scholarship.
Shortly after he graduated from the University of Georgia, Omari pursued a career in football. He had aspirations to join the San Diego Charges team and declared himself for the NFL Draft. Unfortunately, he wasn’t selected for that or any other team so he decided to try out with acting. Long before he found prosperity in this business, he struggled a lot and had to work odd jobs to support himself and pay for his acting classes.
Several years before he was able to receive a lot more acting opportunities, Omari was struggling to catch the attention of film directors and producers. In 2000, in what was his first appearance on camera, he took part in the music video of Ruff Endz’s song “No More”. In 2002, he took part in another music video – Floetry’s Say Yes. That year, he finally landed a role in television production as he starred in the romance film Circles.
2003 and 2004 officially marked the beginning of Hardwick’s career as he was given roles in two short films – Within the Wall and The Male Groupie. In both of these years, he took part in the NPS (National Poetry Slam) and got a role in the television film Sucker Free City, thanks to which he was later able to get roles in television series. His television debut came in the crime drama series Crossing Jordan. A year later, in 2006, he joined the main cast of the medical drama Saved.
In early 2010, Hardwick became the co-founder of Actor’s Lounge and a founding member of the Plan B Theater Group and Bravelife Films production companies. The following year, he portrayed the character of Troy in the drama I Will Follow. Because of his outstanding performance, received his best film critics and reviews to date. Since the mid-2010s, he transitioned into a writer and executive producer of several television productions such as Kings and Beggars and A Boy. A Girl. A Dream. In 2014, he joined the crime drama Power where he was part of the main cast for all six seasons.
Appearances in Power (2014-2020), Spell, Nobody’s Fool, Pieces of Her and many more movies and TV series has earned Omari Hardwick his net worth. After starting his career in the year 2000, he appeared in some short and TV movies, like Within the Wall, The Male Groupie, and Sucker Free City which would have earned him very little but allowed others, including casting agents, to get an idea about who Omari was.
While many discount these early roles, considering them so often low budget and underpaid. They formed the building blocks of Hardwick’s later career and earned him far higher paying roles later on. It is estimated that Hardwick earned $800,000 for his appearance as Frank in Nobody’s Fool.
After appearing in one episode of the Crossing Jordan TV series, Hardwick was cast as John Sack Hallon in Saved where he appeared for 13 episodes. There was only ever one season of the show but Hardwick earned around an estimated $15-25,000 for his involvement. After that however, his career took off and he appeared in 11 eleven more films and TV series before being cast as Ty Curtis in Dark Blue. Again the show didn’t last long, only two seasons, but Hardwick sill earned an estimated $45-75,000 for starring in it.
Hardwick’s career increased dramatically after that and he appeared in 14 more films and TV series before being cast as Andre Daniels in Being Mary Jane. The show had five seasons but Hardwick only appeared in 8 episodes, but still, was paid about $30,000 for them. His acting career continued and he kept up with his appearances as himself, which there have now been a total of 54, he has shown immaculate precision in the building of his career. It paid off, too.
After Being Mary Jane he accrued 11 more acting credits, until he was cast in a major role in the series Power. Hardwick’s role of James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick has paid a reported $150,000 per episode. In the first season he was only paid about $3,500 per episode, making his total earnings only about $28,000. After that however, it went up.
- For season two, which included 10 episodes it is estimated that Hardwick was paid $10,000 per episode with total season earnings of $100,000.
- Season three, at about $17,500 for a total of 10 episodes and season earnings of $175,000.
- Season four he was paid an estimated $25,000 for 10 episodes, with earnings of $250,000.
- By season four it seems that Hardwick was being paid $50,000 per episode when considering comparative actors and circumstances. The exact numbers have not been disclosed. However it is estimated that he earned $500,000 from the 10 episodes.
- What is known is that he earned $150,000 per episode in seasons five and six, which netted the young actor $3.75 million because the two seasons included 25 episodes.
In total, therefore, Omari Hardwick has earned an estimated $4.78 million from his role of James ‘Ghost’ St. Patrick, in Power. Since then, he has also appeared in 6 episodes of Pieces of Her and for 11 episodes on the podcast series, Bronzeville. When counting in all of his earnings from all of his appearances, including his four producing credits and appearances that he has made as himself. It is estimated that Omari Hardwick has earned $7.78 in total career earnings.
While Hardwick has been active since 2000, it is only since around 2015 that he been earning large sums of money. In any year that he earned over $523,601 all of the earnings above that amount will have had incurred 37% in taxes. He will have had to pay state taxes, too.
There are some ways of optimizing tax but actors aren’t necessarily the people who benefit most from them. Businessmen and investors fair far better. No, Hardwick was paid some very large sums of money in and around 2019 and 2020. It seems safe to say that he has paid about 38% taxes on his total earnings to date. That means, Omari Hardwick’s after-tax earnings are at about $4.82 million, having paid $2.96 million in taxes.
In Omari’s personal life he seems very steady and in shape, both physically and financially. He married Jennifer Pfautch in 2012 and they have two children together. He will have incurred living costs, miscellaneous expenses, agent and management fees, perhaps some losses and it is unlikely that he will have had time to realize much in investment gains. In total, it is estimated that Omari Hardwick’s net worth may be around $4 million dollars.
What makes Omari Hardwick so successful is not just his acting but also his abilities to flourish in many other professions. Starting 2005, he began starring in a number of films such as Beauty Shop, The Guardian, Miracle at Saint Anna, Kick-Ass, The A-Team, and Sparkle. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, he got regular roles in the television series Dark Blue and Being Mary Jane, which boosted his popularity and wealth.
Omari Hardwick is a multi-talented actor, producer, and writer who has made a name for himself in Hollywood. He first started acting in the 2000s after his hopes and plans of becoming a football player didn’t work out. After starring in music videos and television series, the actor eventually received roles in box-office hits. His roles in the television series Saved, Being Mary Jane, and Power boosted his national popularity and, in just one decade, from all of his professions, he was able to earn from just a $50 thousand dollar net worth to a net worth speculated to be about $4 million.
“I think the universe just brings people around others they find to be interesting.” Omari Hardwick