9 Things You Didn’t Know About Omar Benson Miller

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Omar Benson Miller


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For a long time, people thought that Omar Benson Miller was related to Forest Whitaker due to their striking resemblance. However, they aren’t relatives. Needless to say, both have made a mark in the industry.

More specifically, Miller has been lucky to be cast alongside famous actors like Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Dwayne Johnson. His weight may have prevented the 41-year-old from getting some roles. But now, he’s at the prime of his career, starring in three series simultaneously. Here are some facts about Omar Benson Miller.

1. He Believes in Working Smart, Not Hard

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Miller knows most people already work hard, but working smart is the way to go. Most especially in this age of technology, that latter is more viable. He advises people to get out of their comfort zone and aim for greatness. The actor opines that people shouldn’t get comfortable with the status quo. He cites that being persistent is the surest way to get ahead.

2. Omar Benson Miller is a Huge Yankees Fan

It’s almost mandatory for men to like sports, and Miller isn’t an exception due to his love for baseball. The actor was a baseball and basketball player throughout his school years but got distracted in college. Even more, he was an excellent shooter. If he didn’t become an actor, he would’ve loved to play first base for the Yankees.

3. He Loves The Movie Wildcats

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When ESPN asked the actor about the best sports movie he had ever watched, Wildcats was practically on the tip of his tongue. The film was released in 1986 and was Wesley Snipes’ debut. Miller especially liked it because of how well Goldie Hawn performed.

However, critics didn’t share his enthusiasm, with some saying that Hawn was reduced to an adorable but goofy independent woman. The actor also thinks Bull Durham is a fascinating film. Though it was primarily a sports movie, there was a bit of comedy and romance.

4. The Actor Grew a Goatee and Mustache for his Role in The Unicorn

The star admitted that he gets his youthful looks from his mother, Gloria Miller. So he had to age himself a tad bit to play Ben in The Unicorn. That’s why he grew a goatee and mustache.

Besides the great genes, Miller credits adequate hydration for keeping his youthful looks. It is, therefore, hard to believe that he is 41 since he mainly gets roles for characters in their late twenties or early thirties. The fact that he’s lively also helps him book the roles of much younger characters.

5. He’s Living His Dream Life

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Booking one role is no mean feat for any actor now that the industry has loads of new talent. Needless to say, Miller is booking gigs back to back. Besides his role in The Unicorn, he’s also on the show Ballers. The actor also voiced Raphael in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In his opinion, he has attained the heights he always wished he would, so now he’s setting new targets.

6. He Used to Sing the Theme Song for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on His Way to School

Sometimes, people do things for fun, and that eventually paves the way for their destiny. True story; in fact, it happened to Miller. Never in his wildest dreams did he ever imagine being cast in his favorite cartoon. Still, life had a few surprises. As a child, he used to sing along to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song on his way to school.

7. Omar Benson Miller had to Lose Weight to be In Train

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Especially in Hollywood, size matters a whole lot. While some roles are great for the big-boned, some require a more slender figure. According to Miller, he managed to get a few roles but still had to lose weight to be cast in Train. So he lost a whopping 60 pounds, and the minute he did, it opened more doors for him as an actor. However, his weight has never bothered him since his mother ensured he was as confident as they come.

8. He Believes That Charity Doesn’t Need An Audience

Though Miller disclosed the organization he partners with to facilitate his philanthropic efforts, he doesn’t toot his own horn. So, even when there’s no one to take pictures, the star gives back. He will do anything to lend a helping hand since he is not after fame.

9. The Actor Considers Himself a Techie

Although he admits that keeping up with the latest technology is a challenge, he still believes he’s a techie. To prove his love for technology, he disclosed that he’s the proud owner of a Samsung 75-inch Q-series coupled with a Sonos system. Miller also owns a robot vacuum cleaner and set up a Nest system to ensure in his LA home. He also boasts of a smart oven and HD security system. Susan Sarandon

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