As an accomplished film, television and stage actor, Hill Harper captivates audiences with his charismatic and authentic style, which he dedicates to each eclectic character he portrays. A Magna Cum Laude graduate from Brown University and recipient of graduate degrees in both law and public administration from Harvard, Hill Harper continues to excel by receiving nominations and countless awards for his acting in independent film, international
film and television projects.
Recently selected as one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive,” Harper emits the classic “guy next door” image, but also exudes a seriousness that commands roles embodying depth and intelligence rarely offered to young black actors. Hill Harper has the opportunity to defeat the stereotypes of black males by starring in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY, where he portrays Dr. Sheldon Hawkes.
As Harper‘s success as a desired actor continues, he persists in keeping up with organizations where he volunteers such as Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in Los Angeles and speaks to youth in public schools about the values of a good education. It is Hill Harper‘s deep-rooted passion regarding the plight of today’s youth that drove him to write Letters to a Young Brother, the first in a series of books intended to provide the frequently regarded “lost generation” with words of encouragement and guidance.
Letters to a Young Brother, is an educated mentor has created a piece written with a sincere tone, in a very colloquial, youth-friendly style and hip vibe. Targeted toward mentoring young males lacking positive role models, Hill Harper shares compelling accounts of perseverance that are intended to become educational resources for teachers to share with students. This book is revolutionary in its type in how it deals with adolescent issues that no other writer has dared to penetrate.
In February 2005, Harper starred in the HBO movie Lackawanna Blues, which was based on the critically acclaimed stage play by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. This film fueled by rhythm & blues went on to win the Image Award in 2006 for “Outstanding TV Movie” and the Emmy Award in 2005 for “Outstanding Casting in a Movie.”
Hill Harper received critical acclaim for his performance in the independent film, The Visit, directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman, which tells the story of two brothers who are forced to come together when the HIV positive younger sibling (played by Harper) is sentenced to death row for a crime he seemingly did not commit. His performance which Daily Variety called “riveting,” earned him a Best Actor nomination by the Independent Spirit Awards. As a television actor, Hill Harper has had numerous guest starring roles. He recently appeared on recurring episodes of Showtime’s Soul Food and guest starred on HBO’s The Sopranos. He also starred in the CBS mini-series Mama Flora’s Family. Other guest appearances include: ER, NYPD Blue, Murder One, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Married With Children.
Hill Harper‘s stage credits include appearances in off-Broadway productions of Your Handsome Captain, Freeman, and David Mamet’s American Buffalo. He completed a starring run of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters at New York’s Joseph Papp Public Theatre. Harper is a full-time member of Boston Black Folk’s Theater Company, one of the nation’s oldest and most respected African-American traveling theater troupes.
When Hill Harper isn’t studying for his next big screen role or preparing for the next taping of CSI: NY, he is keeping an eye on his investments. Harper is co-owner of two hip New Orleans boutique hotels, International House and Loft 523. As a Businessman enterprising, he is also an investor in the hot, new 5-star Beverly Hills restaurant, The Lodge Steakhouse and Big Wang’s Sports Bar in Hollywood, co-owned with Ashton Kutcher. Harper has also invested in pampering New York City’s Silk Day Spa, voted one of NYC’s Best Spas.
Not only does Hill Harper mesmerize his audience with his sheer, raw talent and chiseled good looks, he is also a shining example of a modern day Renaissance man. He is multi-dimensional with poise, sexy intelligence and charm as well as an apparent talent who will sustain a promising career by remaining humble and endearing. A fast rising star, Hill Harper will undoubtedly become globally known as one of the finest actors of his generation.