Omar Epps is an American actor and musician best known for his starring role as Dr. Eric Foreman on the medical drama television series House, from 2004-2012.
For his role on House, Epps won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in both 2008 and 2007 and received nominations in the same category in 2006 and 2005.
Epps was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Actor for his performance in the cable original movie Conviction, in which he portrayed Carl Upchurch, a hardened criminal from South Philadelphia who spent most of his adult life in prison.
Epps has starred in two cable original movies based on true stories: First Time Felon, directed by Charles Roc Dutton, in which he played a streetwise drug dealer and gang member in Chicago; and Deadly Voyage, produced by Danny Glover, in which he portrayed Kingsley Ofusu, the sole survivor of a group of nine African stowaways who fled Ghana on a Ukrainian cargo ship.
The New York Times noted that Epps played superbly in the role of Ofusu, whom he was honoured to meet prior to filming.
Epps also played Dr. Dennis Gant on the Emmy Award-winning drama ER. In one of the most talked-about series departures, Epps left audiences wondering whether his character had committed suicide.
No stranger to the big screen, Epps has appeared in lead roles in feature films including Against the Ropes opposite Meg Ryan, Alfie opposite Jude Law and Susan Sarandon, The Wood, In Too Deep, John Singleton's Higher Learning, Juice and Daybreak.
His supporting roles include Breakfast of Champions opposite Bruce Willis and Nick Nolte, Major League II opposite Charlie Sheen and The Program with Craig Sheffer.
He was also seen in Scream 2, the film version of the television series The Mod Squad with Claire Danes, DK2, Love & Basketball and Takeshi Kitano's Brother, the story of a displaced Yakuza gangster who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a black hustler.
Epps also appeared in Barry Sonnenfeld's Big Trouble, in which he plays an FBI agent opposite Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Tom Sizemore and Jason Lee.
In 2014 he began starring in the fantasy drama television series Resurrection as Agent J. Martin Bellamy, a former cop who meets Jacob, a mystifying American boy who apparently popped up from nowhere in the middle of rural China.
Epps lives in Los Angeles.