Francis Eugene “Hill” Harper is an American actor and author. He is best known for his role in the hit CBS drama series, CSI: NY (2004) where he portrays “Dr. Sheldon Hawkes,” a reclusive coroner who walked away from a promising surgical career after the traumatic loss of two patients. He also received critical acclaim for his performance in the independent film, The Visit (2000).
Here are a few other amazing facts to know about actor and author Hill Harper:
1. Born May 1, 1966 in Iowa City, Iowa to Harry Harper, a psychiatrist, and Marilyn Hill, who was one of the first black practicing anesthesiologists in the United States.
2. Graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated with a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, as well as with a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government.
3. Authored a book of advice for teens, Letters to a Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny. The book won the American Library Association’s 2007 prize for Best Book for Young Adults.
4. Classmate of former President Barack Obama, at Harvard Law School.
5. Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, incorporated since 2008.
6. Received critical acclaim for his performance in the independent film, The Visit (2000), directed by Jordan Walker-Pearlman, which tells the story of two brothers who are forced to come together when the younger sibling (played by Harper), who is HIV-positive, is sentenced to death row for a crime he seemingly did not commit.