Hill Harper

Hill Harper

American actor
Date of Birth: 17.05.1966
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Hill Harper
  2. Education and Early Career
  3. Acting Career
  4. Author and Philanthropist

Biography of Hill Harper

Hill Harper was born on May 17, 1966, in Iowa City, Iowa, USA. His real name is Francis Harper. He grew up in an intellectual family, with his father, Harry Harper, being a successful psychiatrist, and his mother, Marilyn Harper, being a healthcare worker and one of the first African-American women to practice anesthesiology in the United States. Harper always laughs when he tells the story of his mother waking him up for school by pouring cold water on him due to his deep sleep.

Hill Harper

Education and Early Career

Harper graduated from Brown University, and later attended Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Throughout his college years, Harper was a member of the African-American troupe at the Boston Theater, which gained recognition nationwide. Despite his legal education, Harper was more attracted to the stage, so he decided to move to Los Angeles to start a successful acting career.

Hill Harper

Acting Career

In 1993, Harper burst into the film and television industry, gaining immediate fame after his debut role in the film "Married... with Children." Another notable role was as a student in the 1996 film "Get on the Bus." Harper showcased his versatile and talented acting skills in the films "He Got Game" and "Beloved" in 1998. His unique ability to fully embody each role he portrays has since paid off, as he started receiving invitations for various roles in diverse films.

Some of the other films Harper has been a part of include the drama "The Visit" (2000), in which he played a man dying of AIDS, and the romantic comedy "Loving Jezebel" (2000). Harper is also a member of President Barack Obama's National Finance Committee. Since January 2008, the actor has actively participated in campaigns to support Obama's presidential candidacy.

Author and Philanthropist

Harper adopted the pseudonym "Hill" as a tribute to his ancestors on both sides of his family. He is the author of two books: "Letters to a Young Brother," published in 2006, and "Letters to a Young Sister," published in 2008. In 2009, Harper was awarded an honorary doctorate from Westfield College. He is also involved in campaigns to help impoverished and underprivileged children.