Sparkle” may not have been as amazing as “Dreamgirls“, but it did leave me with one hot lasting impression. The second I walked out of the theater, I knew immediately Omari Hardwick would be my latest Man Crush. This 38-year-old actor oozed manly sexiness every time he appeared on the screen. How anyone could throw him to the curb is absolute craziness? Have you seen those muscles hiding underneath that shirt in the picture above? Watch “Sparkle” and you’ll see Jordin Sparks’ on-screen big sister make this grave mistake.

Hardwick was born in Savannah, Georgia on January 9, 1974. Prior to appearing in Whitney Houston’s last film, the actor starred in Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna”, “The A-Team” remake with Bradley Cooper and Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls“. Omar has also worked on the small screen on such shows as “CSI: Miami” and NBC’s “Chase“.

You’d be surprised to know he’s an accomplished poet. In 2003 and 2004, he placed in the top five at the National Poetry Slam. Given that muscular frame of his, it’s no shocker he’s a natural athlete. He played football in high school, college and even briefly for the San Diego Chargers. Sadly, a knee injury cut his professional NFL career short. A philantrophist, he supports youth-violence prevention and anti-bullying organizations. Get to know this stud more in pictures below.

Hats off to his hotness.

Massaging that sexy chest of his.

S&M anyone? Is he like Rihanna, and do whips and chains excite him?

Dayum, those are some sexy lips. I can think of a couple of things they could moisten 😉

That’s practically a novel inked on his arm. Who doesn’t love bedtime reading material?

A little side boobage to go along with that sexy back of his.

I wonder what he’s thinking of here. Whatever it is, I’d like two tickets to the show.

Looking good in hats.

Giving some Zoolander “blue steel”.

BAM. This is how Stella should’ve gotten her groove back, along with a side of Taye Diggs.