Morocco Omari was raised in Chicago, graduated from Evanston township high school, he attended Jackson state university for 2yrs, then enlisted in the Marine corps. After serving in Desert Storm he stumbled on to Chicago's theatre scene. Morocco has taught acting in LA, Chicago, and Gaborone Botswana, and Kigali Rwanda. Awards: graduated top 5 percent of his class and meritoriously promoted in Marine Corps. Best actor award at Urbanworld film festival, best actor at Black Theatre Alliance award, nominated for best actor AUDELCO awards. Interest are fatherhood to his two daughters, traveling, writing, mentoring young filmmakers, actors, and writers in Uganda, Rwanda, Botswana, and USA.
Morocco Omari’s TV/Film credits include series regular role on Empire as Tariq Cousins (with Terence Howard, and Taraji P. Henson), 17 Bridges with Chadwick Boseman. Recurring roles on Homeland, Chicago Fire,NCIS, Joan of Arcadia, L.A. Dragnet, and Girlfriends. Guest star roles on Blue Bloods, Person of Interest, The Good Wife (with Juianna Margulies), Prison Break, 24 (with Keifer Sutherland), Frasier (with Kelsey Grammer), and The Beast (with Patrick Swayze).
Theater credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (with Blair Underwood, Wood Harris, and Nicole Ari Parker) and A Time To Kill on Broadway, as well as performances at notable theaters such as Lincoln Center, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Geffen, Denver Theatre Center, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Rep, Lookingglass, Virginia Stage, Victory Gardens, Congo Square, Chicago Theatre Company, and New Federal. Directing credits include the award-winning film, (Mis)Leading Man, which screened at festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Chicago International, Pan-African, and Urbanworld. It won best short at the Hollywood Black Film Festival and was also an HBO finalist at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival (MVAFF).
Morocco Omari also directed the short film, Good Intentions, which won the HBO Best Short Film Award at the 2010 Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival. This film has also been recognized at several other notable festivals. In addition, Mr. Omari is the Executive Producer, Writer and Lead Actor in the multi-award winning film, The Male Groupie which aired onHBO. Recent directing credits are Mission Mom Possible, the webseries Make A Name, and the music videos Big City, and Kanyama.