9 Things You Didn’t Know About All American: Homecoming’s Cory Hardrict

Cory Hardrict may not be everyone’s popular Hollywood actor and celebrity, but he has appeared in an impressive list of movies and TV shows. The African American actor has starred in over 35 movies and 40 TV shows. The Chicago-born actor has also produced a couple of movies.

In recent times, Cory Hardrict is better known for his performance in All American: Homecoming. The actor reprises his role as Coach Marcus Turner from his guest-star appearance in a 2021 episode of All American. With little known about the actor, here are 9 things you didn’t know about Cory Hardrict.

1. The TV Show You Know Cory Hardrict From

Cory Hardrict as Coach Turner inAll American Homecoming

Depending on the decade you first watched Cory Hardrict, he has appeared in several popular TV shows. However, for recent television audiences, Hardrict is more popularly known for playing coach Marcus Turner in All American: Homecoming. Hardrict plays a blunt and tough baseball coach whose career as a professional athlete was cut short by an injury. The CW sports drama is a spin-off of the TV series, All American.

2. Cory Hardrict Studied Acting Under Actress Amy Lyndon

Amy Lyndon in Fraternity

To make it in Hollywood, one must have incredible talent and a fair amount of luck. It is common to have actors and actresses taking extra acting classes. To ensure he’s not disadvantaged in the area of talent, Cory Hardrict studied Acting under Amy Lyndon. Lyndon is an established actress, director, and acting coach with experience in acting. Lyndon is popularly known for her appearance in Days of Our Lives, The Young and The Restless, Freddy Nightmares, and The Bold and the Beautiful.

3. How Cory Hardrict Got Started In Television

Cory Hardrict in Gran Torino

After several auditions, Cory Hardrict’s television debut was in The WB’s sitcom Smart Guy. With about a month to his 18th birthday, Hardrict was cast as a Kid in the show’s season 2, episode 4. The next year, he appeared in single episodes of Felicity and NBC’s medical drama, ER. Since then, he has appeared in different TV shows, making at least a single appearance every year.

4. Cory Hardrict’s Film Debut

Cory Hardrict in All Eyez On Me

Cory Hardrict’s film debut was with Raja Gosnell’s romantic comedy Never Been Kissed (1999). Hardrict played a minor role as Packer. The film had an amazing cast featuring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Alba. The film did modestly at the Box Office, earning $84.6 million on a budget of $25 million.

5. Other Movies Cory Hardrict Has Starred In

Cory Hardrict in Naked

After his film debut in 1999, Cory Hardrict went on to star in several popular movies. Hardrict played Darryl Jones in Tim Sullivan’s horror film, Driftwood. In 2008, he starred as Duke in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. He starred alongside Johnny Depp in the 2014 science fiction thriller, Transcendence. He played a R.I.F.T. terrorist named Joel Edmund.

He was cast in another Clint Eastwood-led film, American Sniper, in the same 2014. Hardrict played “D”/Dandridge alongside Bradley Cooper, Luke Grimes, and Sienna Miller. In the 2017 biographical drama based on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, All Eyez On Me, Hardrict’s character Nigel was based on music executive and producer Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant. Hardrict was also cast as Drill in the comedy Naked (2017).

6. Cory Hardrict’s Most Popular Award

Cory Hardrict in Destined

In his listed credits, Cory Hardrict won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor in the American Black Film Festival. He was awarded the win for his performance in Destined (2016). Playing the movie’s protagonist, Cory Hardrict, played Sheed/Rasheed in Qasim Basir’s fantasy drama film. The movie also featured La La Anthony, Hill Harper, and Jesse Metcalfe.

7. Cory Hardrict was Married to Tia Mowry

Cory Hardrict and Tia Mowry and kids

Before their separation in September 2022, Cory Hardrict was married to Tia Mowry. The couple married on April 20, 2008, after getting engaged on Christmas Day in 2006. The marriage produced two children, Cree Taylor and Cairo Tiahna. Tia Mowry is fondly remembered for her performance with her twin sister Tamara Mowry in the sitcom Sister, Sister.

8. Other TV Shows Cory Hardrict Has Starred In

Cory Hardrict in The Oath

Before starring in a main role in All American: Homecoming, Cory Hardrict has starred in main and recurring roles in the past. Hardrict’s first recurring role in TV was in Lincoln Heights. He played Luc Bisgaier in the show’s seasons from 2007 to 2008. Hardrict was a main cast on The Oath (2018–2019) and a recurring cast on the third season of S.W.A.T (2019–2020). Some other popular TV shows Hardrict has been featured as a guest star include Angel (2001), CSI: Miami (2003), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2004), Heroes (2007), and Saving Grace (2010).

9. What Cory Hardrict Is Doing Next

Cory Hardrict in All American Homecoming

Cory Hardrict’s latest film, To Live and Die and Live, was recently released on Sundance on January 20, 2023. The movie was written, Co-Produced, and directed by Qasim Basir. The movie also has renowned actor, director, and producer Forest Whitaker listed as part of its producers.

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