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Short Info

Date Of BirthMay 17, 1966
FactHe graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government.

Hill Harper is an American actor and author. He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on May 17, 1966, to Marilyn Hill and Harry Harper. His mother was a professor of English, and his father was a lawyer. He has two sisters, one older and one younger. He attended the University of Iowa for his undergraduate degree and then earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

He began his acting career in the early 1990s, appearing in small roles on television shows such as “NYPD Blue” and “ER.” He made his film debut in the 1995 film “Get on the Bus.” He has since appeared in a number of films, including “The Skulls” (2000), “Beloved” (1998), and “Gone Baby Gone” (2007).

He has also had a successful career as an author. His first book, “Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny”, was published in 2006. It was followed by “The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place” (2011) and “The Conversation: How Black Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships” (2014).

He is currently married to actress and author, Tiffany Little Canfield. They have one son together, named Hunter.

General Info

Full NameHill Harper
Date Of BirthMay 17, 1966
Height1.7 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Film producer, Author, Film director, Actor
EducationHarvard Law School, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Brown University


ParentsHarry Harper, Marilyn Hill


AwardsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Debut Author, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Youth / Teens
NominationsNAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Instructional, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Drama Series
MoviesThe Skulls, He Got Game, Loving Jezebel, In Too Deep, Concussion, Get on the Bus, 1982, Hav Plenty, For Colored Girls, Love, Sex and Eating the Bones, The Nephew, The Boy Next Door, The Visit, The Breed, Stonehenge Apocalypse, Beloved, Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings, Mama, I Want to Sing!, America Brow...
TV ShowsLimitless, Covert Affairs, CSI: NY, The Handler, The Court, City of Angels, Live Shot, Black in the 80s

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1Previously worked with current CSI: NY (2004) co-star, Anna Belknap in the television series, The Handler (2003).
2A member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, incorporated since 2008.
3He and president Barack Obama, were classmates at Harvard Law School. He is a member of the Obama National Finance Committee.
4Author of a book of advice for teens, Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny. The book won the American Library Association's 2007 prize for Best Book for Young Adults.
5Appears with William Petersen in The Skulls (2000). He is currently one of the stars of CSI: NY (2004), the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
6The 13th Annual Inner City Awards honored him with the W.E.B. DuBois Scholar Award.
7He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government.
8Was a part of "The New Harmony Project" in the summer of 1997.




An Interview with God2017post-productionGary
Shadow Hill2017pre-productionDarris Donnelly
Destined2016Mayor Jones
Limitless2015-2016TV SeriesSpellman Boyle
Concussion2015Christopher Jones
Madam Secretary2015TV SeriesAiden Humphrey
Pearly Gates2015Dave
The Boy Next Door2015Principal Edward Warren
Covert Affairs2013-2014TV SeriesCalder Michaels
Parts Per Billion2014Rick
19822013/ITim Brown
Covert Affairs: Sights Unseen2013TV SeriesCalder Michaels
The Volunteer2013/IIPhil
CSI: NY2004-2013TV SeriesSheldon Hawkes
Miss Dial2013Political Nutcase
Shanghai Hotel2011Carlos
Mama I Want to Sing2011Jeff Andrews
For Colored Girls2010Donald
Stonehenge Apocalypse2010TV MovieJoseph Leshem
CSI: NY2008Video GameDr. Sheldon Hawkes (voice)
This Is Not a Test2008Carl
A Good Man Is Hard to Find2008VideoDamion Marshall
30 Days2006/IDonnell
The Breed2006Noah
Max and Josh2006ShortMax
Whitepaddy2006Marshall Evans
The 44002005TV SeriesEdwin Mayuya
Constellation2005Errol Hickman
Lackawanna Blues2005TV MovieRuben, Jr. (Adult)
My Purple Fur Coat2004ShortWendell
CSI: Miami2004TV SeriesSheldon Hawkes
America Brown2004John Cross
Soul Food2004TV SeriesKelvin Chadway
The Sopranos2004TV SeriesStokley Davenport, M.D.
Andre Royo's Big Scene2004ShortThe Star
The Handler2003-2004TV SeriesDarnell
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones2003Michael Joseph
Holla2002TV SeriesGuest
The Twilight Zone2002TV SeriesJohn Woodrell
The Badge2002Gizmo
Rockboy2002ShortTaylor Barnes
The Court2002TV SeriesChristopher Bell
Higher Ed2001Craig
Box Marley2000
City of Angels2000TV SeriesDr. Wesley Williams
The Visit2000/IAlex
The Skulls2000Will Beckford
In Too Deep1999Breezy T.
Loving Jezebel1999Theodorous
Slaves of Hollywood1999Fisher Lovelace
Park Day1998Steve Johnson
Cosby1998TV SeriesPrseton
He Got Game1998Coleman 'Booger' Sykes
The Nephew1998Chad Egan-Washington
Mama Flora's Family1998TV Mini-SeriesDon
The Dave Chappelle Project1998TV Movie
ER1997TV SeriesMr. Jackson
Hoover Park1997
Hav Plenty1997Michael Simmons
Oddville, MTV1997TV Series
Dangerous Minds1996TV SeriesDarryl
Get on the Bus1996Xavier
NYPD Blue1996TV SeriesBo-Bo Thomas
Drifting School1995Sam
One Red Rose1995Short
Live Shot1995TV SeriesTommy Greer
Murder One1995TV SeriesSmooth G
The Client1995TV SeriesJ-Top
Zooman1995TV MovieVictor
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994TV SeriesDana
Walker, Texas Ranger1994TV SeriesB.J. Mays
M.A.N.T.I.S.1994TV Series
Married with Children1993-1994TV SeriesAaron
Renegade1994TV SeriesClarence 'Dex' Dexter
Confessions of a Dog1993ShortPhil Wilson
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings1993VideoPeter
Life Goes On1993TV SeriesNurse #2


Destined2016executive producer
19822013/Iexecutive producer
Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK2011TV Movie documentary producer
This Is Not a Test2008producer
Lessons from Little Rock: A National Report Card2008TV Movie documentary co-executive producer


Max and Josh2006Short
One Red Rose1995Short


The Truth2011/IIShort


The Hot 102011TV Series thanks - 2 episodes


Black in the 80s2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
I Love the '90s: Part Deux2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 31st Annual People's Choice Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself
The 2nd Annual Vibe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
BET Comedy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Dennis Miller2004TV SeriesHimself
4th Annual BET Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Vibe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
Casting for Glinda2001Video documentaryHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Spotlight on Location: The Skulls2000Video documentary shortHimself
Lift Every Voice1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest (2014)
The LightDocumentary filmingHimself
Unsung Hollywood2015-2016TV Series documentaryHimself
How It Really Happened with Hill Harper2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Rachael Ray2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself
Black Friday2015/IVDocumentaryHimself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015TV SeriesHimself
The Chew2015TV SeriesHimself
The Real2014TV SeriesHimself - Covert Affairs
BET Awards 2014: Genius Talks2014TV SpecialHimself
Life's Essentials with Ruby Dee2014DocumentaryHimself
The Queen Latifah Show2014TV SeriesHimself
Datzhott2013TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2009-2013TV SeriesHimself / Himself -Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Talk2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Access Hollywood Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Politics Nation with Al Sharpton2013TV SeriesHimself
PoliticKING with Larry King2013TV SeriesHimself - guest
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the White House2013DocumentaryHimself
CBS Cares2006-2013TV SeriesHimself
Don't Sleep! Hosted by T. J. Holmes2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
CSI: NY - Season 8: A New York Halloween2012Video shortHimself
CSI: NY - Season 8: Honoring Our Heroes2012Video shortHimself
The Magic Eight2012Video shortHimself
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race2012TV MovieHimself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Live Life and Win!2012TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2004-2011TV SeriesHimself
Verses & Flow2011TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Hot 102011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
Alpha Man: The Brotherhood of MLK2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
42nd NAACP Image Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Real Housewives of Atlanta2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Fair Game?2010DocumentaryHimself
Curb: The Discussion2010TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!2006-2010TV SeriesHimself - Contestant / Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
41st NAACP Image Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The BET Honors2009TV MovieHimself
The Mo'Nique Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself
Straight from the Horses Mouth2009VideoHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
The Game2009TV SeriesHimself
The 40th NAACP Image Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
President Barack Obama: The Man and His Journey2009Video documentaryHimself
11-04-08: The Day of Change2009TV MovieHimself
Larry King Live2009TV SeriesHimself
Bring Your 'A' Game2009Documentary shortHimself - Actor
2008 American Music Awards2008TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
Leading Men2008TV Series documentary
Geraldo at Large2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Barack Obama: The Power of Change2008Video documentaryHimself
Dr. Phil2008TV SeriesHimself
What's at Stake?2008TV MovieHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself
Baisden After Dark2008TV SeriesHimself
The BET Honors2008TV MovieHimself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Lessons from Little Rock: A National Report Card2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Yes We Can2008Video shortHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Smokey Robinson2008TV MovieHimself
The Truth with Jeff Johnson2008TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
BET Hip-Hop Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
2007 Trumpet Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
38th NAACP Image Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
37th NAACP Image Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
The 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The Tyra Banks Show2005TV SeriesHimself
The Black Movie Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
All Shades of Fine: 25 Hottest Women of the Past 25 Years2005TV MovieHimself
36th NAACP Image Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Performer

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
Married with Children1996TV SeriesAaron
Bloodwings: Pumpkinhead's Revenge1995Video Game


Won Awards

2014Honorable MentionSanta Barbara International Film FestivalIndependent Cinema1982 (2013)
2010Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2009Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2008Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2008Audience AwardUrbanworld Film FestivalBest FilmThis Is Not a Test (2008)
2000Best ActorMethod FestFeature FilmThe Visit (2000)

Nominated Awards

2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2012Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2011Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest Short FilmThe Truth (2011)
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2007Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2006Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2005Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: NY (2004)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, DramaThe Handler (2003)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesCity of Angels (2000)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadThe Visit (2000)

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