Hill Harper is a humanitarian, actor, author, entrepreneur, health and wellness ambassador/educator, philanthropist and honors graduate of Harvard Law School. Harper is also the founder of the social justice law group NorthStar. Through his role as Executive Director of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, a mission-based partnership has been established between NorthStar and Napoli Shkolnik PLLC. Together, these firms are dedicated to seeking justice for vulnerable, underrepresented individuals and communities through litigation, education, awareness and remuneration. This partnership provides a legal voice to those individuals and groups who have been wronged or silenced.
Harper is perhaps most recognizable for his starring role in the CBS hit television drama CSI: NY where he played brilliant Dr. Sheldon Hawkes for which Harper won three NAACP Image Awards for Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Subsequently, Harper joined the hit series Covert Affairs, the fast-paced drama Limitless, and Showtime’s award-winning drama Homeland. Currently, Harper stars on television’s #1 new drama ABC’s The Good Doctor and hosts How It Really Happened with Hill Harper on HLN. In theatres, Harper can be seen co-starring alongside Will Smith in the Sony Pictures film Concussion, in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me and this summer’s hit off-Broadway New York play Our Lady of 121st Street directed by Phylicia Rashad.
In addition to his performing career, Harper has authored four New York Times bestsellers: Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister, The Conversation, and The Wealth Cure, which chronicled his diagnosis with thyroid cancer and his journey to health. Letters to a Young Brother won several awards and was named “Best Book for Young Adults” by the American Library Association in 2007. Harper has been recognized with seven NAACP Image Awards, four of them for his writing. His latest book, Letters to an Incarcerated Brother, which speaks to the current mass incarceration crisis, was released to critical acclaim and was nominated for several awards.
Harper is the founder of the Manifest Your Destiny Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering underserved youth through mentorship, scholarship and grant programs.
Harper served on the President’s Cancer Panel from 2011 to 2018 having been appointed by then President Obama in 2011. Harper travels worldwide as a motivational speaker, addressing current affairs and life-awakening topics to a wide array of audiences of youth, adults, couples, and business leaders.
Harper was born in Iowa City, IA, the son of two doctors – his father, a psychiatrist and his mother, an anesthesiologist. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and was named Valedictorian of his department. Harper then graduated with a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, with honors, from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Howard University, Winston-Salem State University, Cheyney University, Le-Moyne Owen College, Westfield State College, Dillard University and Tougaloo College. Amongst his other titles, Harper is a successful businessman and entrepreneur. He is co-owner of the award-winning New Orleans hotel, International House and a successful coffee franchise in downtown Detroit called Roasting Plant. Harper also owns several commercial and residential rental properties in Los Angeles and Newark, New Jersey.
- Harvard University Law School, cum laude, J.D.
- Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with Honors, Master’s Degree in Public Administration
- Brown University, B.A., named Valedictorian in his Department
- Awards and Honors
Honorary Doctoral Degrees
- Howard University
- Winston-Salem State University
- Cheyey University
- Le-Moyne Owen Collge
- Westfield State College
- Dillard University
- Tougaloo College
- Professional Affiliations
- Founder, Manifest Your Destiny Foundation
- President’s Cancer Panel, 2011-2018
Letters to a Young Brother: Manifest Your Destiny, Avery (April 19, 2007)
Letters to a Young Sister: DeFINE Your Destiny, Avery (May 5, 2009)
The Conversation: How Men and Women Can Build Loving, Trusting Relationships, Avery (September 7, 2010)
The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place, Avery (Reprint edition September 4, 2012)
Letters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and Their Loved Ones, Avery (April 1, 2014)