Jermaine R. Hopkins
August 23, 1975
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
|Known for||Thomas Sams – Lean on Me|
Steel – Juice
Benny King – Phat Beach
|Spouse(s)||Renee Williams|
Jermaine R. Hopkins (born August 23, 1975) is an American television and film actor. Hopkins is best known for his roles as Dupree on The WB sitcom The Wayans Bros. from 1996 to 1998, and as Thomas "Sams" Sams in the 1989 film, Lean on Me, Eric "Steel" Thurman in the 1992 crime drama thriller Juice, Benny King in the 1996 film Phat Beach and Kilo in the 1997 comedy film Def Jam's How to Be a Player.
Born in New Jersey, Hopkins began his acting career as a teenager. At age 13, Hopkins fell into the acting business when his mother brought him to a casting-call audition in New York for the Warner Bros. feature Lean on Me, in which he got a starring role opposite Morgan Freeman as Thomas Sams, a misguided drug-abusing high school student. His next project Juice, directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, had him starring as Steel alongside Khalil Kain, Omar Epps, and Tupac Shakur.
Hopkins subsequently starred in the HBO worldwide release Strapped, that would be Forest Whitaker's directorial debut. Over the next two years, Hopkins appeared in episodes of Murder One and Moesha, and six episodes as Dupree on The WB's The Wayans Bros. series, before finishing production on his next film Def Jam's How to Be a Player, starring opposite Bill Bellamy and comedian Pierre Edwards.
Hopkins was arrested on December 15, 2011, for attempting to purchase 200 pounds (91 kg) of marijuana from an undercover cop. He previously faced up to five years in prison, but was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years' probation. Hopkins was arrested again on October 13, 2017 in Apex, North Carolina with 5.7 pounds (2.6 kg) of marijuana in the trunk of his car. TMZ reports Hopkins pled guilty to felony possession. However, the judge suspended his four-month sentence, instead giving Hopkins 24 months of supervised probation. According to user Real_Samms on social media site Parler, Hopkins has been in a legal dispute with Subway since 2002 over the creation of the “Samms Sammich” a sandwich that consists of Turkey, Roast Beef, Salami, Pepperoni, Ham, Grilled Chicken, Veggie Patty, Tuna, Meatballs and Fake Crab Meat. The Samms Sammich was the number 1 selling sandwich in Bangladesh, San Marino, and Burundi in 2004. 
|1989||Lean on Me||Thomas "Sams" Sams|
|1992||Juice||Eric "Steel" Thurman|
|1991–1992||The Royal Family||Buddy||4 episodes|
|1995||Murder One||Gangsta #2||1 Episode|
|1995||The Parent 'Hood||No Good||1 Episode|
|1996||Moesha||The Kid||1 Episode|
|1996||Phat Beach||Benny King|
|1997||Riot||Young Black Man|
|1997||Def Jam's How to Be a Player||Kilo|
|1996–1998||The Wayans Bros.||Dupree||10 Episodes|
|2001||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Store Clerk||1 Episode|
|2007||I Wish I Had a House Like This||Drama|
|2008||Cash Rules||Jermaine Hopkins|
|2012||Zoo||The Bearded Clam|
- Rebels and Chicks: A History of the Hollywood Teen Movie - By Stephen Tropiano.Retrieved January 11, 2020.
- Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide - By Shirley Halperin, Steve Bloom.Retrieved January 11, 2020.
- Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema - By S. Torriano Berry, Venise T. Berry.Retrieved January 11, 2020.
- "How to Be a Player (1997): Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
- "'Lean On Me' Star Jermaine Hopkins Pleads Guilty in Weed Case". TMZ. Retrieved 2018-02-01.