Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Award Winning TV & Film Actor, NY Times Bestselling Author, Youth and Education Advocate

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Award Winning TV & Film Actor, NY Times Bestselling Author, Education and Youth Advocate

Hill Harper is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor, bestselling author as well as advocate for promoting education to underserved youth. He is best known for his portrayal of forensic pathologist and crime scene investigator, Dr. Sheldon Hawkes in the hit CBS drama CSI: NY from 2004-2013.

Acting Experience

Hill Harper's first paid acting job was as a background extra in the movie Malcolm X, for which he received $60. He first came to acting prominence as the aspiring filmmaker documenting the Million Man March in Spike Lee's 1996 film, Get on the Bus. In 1997, Hill played a rapper and romantic rival in the comedy, Have Plenty; and in 1998 he re-teamed with Lee to play the teammate of an NBA prospect in He Got Game.

From 2004 to 2013, he starred in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: New York, where he portrayed Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, an insightful forensic pathologist and crime scene investigator. As of March 2013, Harper joined the cast of the USA Network's spy drama Covert Affairs as a new series regular for the fourth season.

This season, Harper joined the cast of Showtime's award-winning drama Homeland and hosts How It Really Happened with Hill Harper on HLN. In theatres, he can be seen co-starring alongside Will Smith in Concussion and in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me.

Bestselling Books

Hill Harper released a series of books targeting the “lost generation” youth including Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny (2007), Letters To A Young Sister: Define Your Destiny (2009), and The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships (2010). Proceeds from his books go to his non-profit organization, Manifest Your Destiny Foundation which Harper established to empower, encourage, and inspire under-served youth. In his latest book, The Wealth Cure (2012), Harper presents a revolutionary new definition of wealth, motivating readers to not only build financial security but to achieve wealth in every aspect of their lives. It also chronicles Harper's thyroid cancer diagnosis in 2010 and his journey back to health. Hills latest is Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones.

Commitment to Youth and Education

Harper travels frequently as a motivational speaker, addressing a wide range of audiences, including youth, adults, couples, and business leaders. Beyond his dedication to acting, Harper engages himself in reaching out to young African-Americans and Latinos in need of guidance. He also regularly speaks to youth in public schools, often emphasizing the values of a good education. Harper founded the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, educational and motivational programs.

Education

Harper graduated with a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Brown University and cum laude with a juries doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He also holds a master’s degree with honors from Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Westfield State College, Tougaloo College, and Dillard University.

Awards and Recognition

Harper has earned seven NAACP Image Awards for his writing and acting. For three years in a row, Harper won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series from 2008–2010 for his portrayal of forensics pathologist Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: NY. In 2000, he had also been nominated for the award, for his role in City of Angels, a medical drama on CBS.

Manifesting Your Destiny & Conquering FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)

Fear is the number one thing that holds the vast majority of us back from living our best lives and truly manifesting our destiny. Inspired by Nelson Mandela's philosophy "...that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Harper will explore fear and the limitations that fear puts on the individual's potential. Harper helps develop the tool kit we need to identify our most debilitating fears and sharpens our self-awareness to enable us to conquer them. By reinforcing his personal philosophy that we all have our own unique and purposeful driven destiny, Harper's speech teaches us about the critical value of perspective in order to live fulfilled and lives at home, school, or in the workplace.

The Wealth Cure

Harper presents themes from his New York Times Bestselling book The Wealth Cure, which melds together personal philosophy, life strategies, and guidance on fortifying a financial future. Harper highlights the importance of identifying our individual wealth factors, in order to create true wealth. Harper's strategy, infused with personal reflection, helps the individual understand how to diagnose & cure financial impediments to enable him or her to live an abundantly wealthy life. Harper's advice offers practical application to build financial security. His presentation will demonstrate the importance of investing, budgeting, and saving effectively, but Harper also redefines wealth through a prism of good health and personal relationships.

The Blueprint: Being an Active Architect of Your Own Life

We all have the potential to create the life we desire. Harper compares the individual's ability to build his or her own life, to an architect's design skills. An architect starts with a blueprint. The building shown on the blueprint is gradually erected and the structure is built. Harper explains how we can develop blueprints with the plans for our own lives. His speech coaches us to be active architects of our own lives, with a few simple tools. Harper leaves his audience inspired to both seek and create opportunities that empower them to use their unique creative skills and abilities.

Energy & Innovation in the Workplace: Reinvigorate Your Mind & Ideas

Harper uses principles from physics and a powerful analogy about energy to explore why many of us experience energy and creativity blocks in the workplace. He explores the power of energy and how critical it is not to let what is going on around you, change what is going on inside of you. Harper will offer a number of methods to stay on course and maximize our highest potential.

The Conversation-- Male/Female Relationships Now and Beyond

Harper presents his findings from his #1 bestselling relationship book The Conversation with an interactive discussion between men and women regarding love and relationships. He offers guidance for how men and women can fortify their relationships with clearer and more consistent communication. Harper not only analyzes the misunderstandings that plague men and women in their interactions, but in his presentation he encourages a real time conversation among the audience. The goal of this conversation is to stimulate both active listening, and self-discovery. The audience will leave with key tips for leveraging honest and direct communication to build new loving and lasting relationships, and to protect and strengthen existing relationships.

  • Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones
    Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones Purchase Book
  •  The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place
    The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place Purchase Book
  •  The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships
    The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships Purchase Book
  • Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny
    Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny Purchase Book
  • Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny
    Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny Purchase Book

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  • Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones
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