• Jermaine Hopkins is an actor known for his appearances in films including “Phat Beach”, “Juice”, and “Lean on Me”.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $10,000.
• His mother was the reason he started his acting career at the age of 14.
• He has recently been charged with drug problems.
• He is married and has a child, and is active on social media.

Short Info

SpouseRenee Hopkins, Renee Hopkins
FactBecame a grandfather at age 34.

Who is Jermaine Hopkins?

Jermaine “Huggy” Hopkins was born on 23 August 1973, in Newark, New Jersey, USA, and is an actor, known for his appearances in films including “Phat Beach”, “Juice”, and “Lean on Me”. He’s been taking acting projects since his teenage years, though recent years have seen him slide into inactivity, due to drug problems.

The Riches of Jermaine Hopkins

How rich is Jermaine Hopkins? As of late-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is over $10,000, earned through success in his numerous endeavors. However, the potential for a higher net worth has been reduced following consecutive drug charges. Time will tell if he manages to rise above his problems and return to acting.

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Early Life and Acting Beginnings

There is very limited information regarding Jermaine’s life prior to his rise to fame as an actor. Not a lot of details have been shared about his family, except that his mother was the reason that he started an acting career. There is also no information regarding his upbringing and education.

At the age of 14, his mother brought him to a casting call audition by Warner Bros. in New York. This led to him being cast in the film entitled “Lean on Me”, on which he worked opposite Morgan Freeman. He played the role of a misguided drug-abused high school student named Thomas Sams; the film is loosely based on the story of Principal Joe Louis Clark whose school was at risk of being taken over by the government due to low scores in the New Jersey Minimum Basic Skills Test. Two years later, he had another acting project entitled “Juice” on which he worked with Tupac Shakur and Khalil Kain.

Jermaine Hopkins

The crime film follows the story of four black youths growing-up in Harlem, and was the acting debut of Shakur.

Rise to Prominence

At around the same time, Hopkins was given a four episode role in the show “The Royal Family”. The sitcom which ran on ABC was produced by Eddie Murphy, and starred Redd Foxx alongside Della Reese. After a year, he then starred in the HBO television movie entitled “Strapped” which is known for being the directing debut of Forest Whitaker. The movie featured rappers such as Busta Rhymes, Yo-Yo, and Kool Moe Dee.

Following this work, he had a string of guest roles. He made appearances in “Murder One”, “The Parent ‘Hood”, and “Moesha”.  In 1996, he starred in the film “Phat Beach” alongside Coolio and Brian Hooks, an independent film which proved a success. During the same year, he worked on the film “Bullet” which featured Mickey Rourke, Tupac Shakur and Adrien Brodey, and was shot in New York City with most scenes filmed in Brooklyn. The following year, he appeared in the television movie entitled “Riot” which starred Luke Perry, and follows the Los Angeles riots of 1992 which occurred after the beating of Rodney King, and the acquittal of the four police officers responsible.

Latter Career and Drug Problems

Jermaine’s next project would be the film “Def Jam’s How to Be a Player”, which starred Bill Bellamy and Natalie Desselle. Afterwards, he had a recurring role in the television show “The Wayans Bros.”, playing the character Dupree for a total of 10 episodes in the sitcom which ran from 1995 to 1999, starring real life brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans. One of his last mainstream projects was a support role in an episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”.

Over the next few years, his projects would become sporadic and were mostly independent films. His last project was entitled “Zoo”, released in 2012. At around the same time, it was revealed that he had been arrested for attempting to purchase 200 grams of marijuana from an undercover cop. He was set to face years in prison, but the final sentence led to 30 days in jail and three years of probation. He did not learn from his previous mistake, however, as his addiction to drugs led to another arrest in 2017, in North Carolina, carrying over five pounds of marijuana in  the trunk of his car.

He pleaded guilty to felony possession, and was given 24 months of supervised probation.

Personal Life and Social Media

For his personal life, it is known that Hopkins is married to Renee, and they have a child together. According to several sources, he became a grandfather at the age of 34. Despite all of his acting projects and the controversy surrounding recent years of his life, he has managed to keep his family out of the spotlight. He does not talk about this aspect of his life often, preferring to keep things professional.

Similar to numerous actors, he is active online through accounts on social media websites. He has an account on Instagram on which he has over 17,000 followers, using the platform to promote his brand called Expeditiously, while also promoting recent work and appearances. He also posts a lot of personal photos, often consisting of himself with family and friends. He also has an account on Twitter on which he has over 800 followers, and it often links back to his Instagram posts. Another account he has is on Facebook, where he posts promotions for his work, though most of his posts are similar to that of his Instagram.

General Info

Full NameJermaine Hopkins
Height1.68 m
ProfessionActor, Actor
NationalityAmerican, American


SpouseRenee Hopkins, Renee Hopkins


MoviesPhat Beach, Bullet, Juice, Lean on Me, Lean on Me, Juice, Strapped, Bullet, Phat Beach, Def Jam's How to Be a Player, Urban Massacre, I Wish I Had a House Like This, Cash Rules, Zoo: The Movie

Social profile links


1Became a grandfather at age 34.




Strapped1993TV MovieLay Lay (as Jermaine Hopkins bka 'Huggy')
The Royal Family1991-1992TV SeriesBuddy
Juice1992Steel (as Jermaine Hopkins)
Lean on Me1989Thomas Sams
Cash Rules2008Video as Jermaine Hopkins
I Wish I Had a House Like This2007Drama
Urban Massacre2002Chronic (as Jermaine Hopkins)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2001TV SeriesStore Clerk
The Wayans Bros.1996-1998TV SeriesDupree
How to Be a Player1997Kilo (as Jermaine 'Big Hug' Hopkins)
Riot1997TV MovieYoung Black Man (segment "Caught in the Fever") (as Jermaine 'Big Hug' Hopkins)
Bullet1996Pudgy (as Jermaine Hopkins)
Phat Beach1996Benny King
Moesha1996TV SeriesThe Kid
The Parent 'Hood1995TV SeriesNo Good
Murder One1995TV SeriesGangsta #2

Archive Footage

Tupac: Resurrection2003Documentary


Nominated Awards

1990Young Artist AwardYoung Artist AwardsBest Young Actor Supporting Role in a Motion PictureLean on Me (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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