Mekhi Phifer

Mekhi Phifer

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    • December 29th, 1974
Mekhi Thira Phifer (born December 29, 1974) is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for his multi-year role as Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC's long-running medical drama ER and his co-starring role opposite Eminem in the feature film 8 Mile. He was a regular on the Fox crime show Lie to Me portraying the role of Ben Reynolds, before season 3. He was born in in Harlem, New York City, the son of Rhoda Phifer, a high school teacher; he grew up in a single-parent household with his mother. His acting career began in 1995, when Phifer attended an open casting call for director Spike Lee’s Clockers, beating over a thousand others to get the lead role as a narcotics dealer embroiled in a murder cover-up. He followed that role with another in the comedy spoof feature High School High (which also starred his former wife Malinda Williams) and continued by co-starring in the fright flick I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze, Jr. Among Phifer’s other big-screen credits are Soul Food, The Biography of Spud Webb, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, Tears of a Clown, O (as the titular character Odin a.k.a. O), and the thriller Uninvited Guest (as Silk). He appeared in Impostor as well as Paid in Full, 8 Mile, opposite Eminem and Dawn of the Dead. Phifer has a son, Omikaye, with his ex-wife, actress Malinda Williams. His second son, Mekhi Thira Phifer Jr., was born to his girlfriend Oni Souratha in Los Angeles on October 30, 2007.

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Acting (35 Credits)

2019Truth Be Told (2019) as Markus Killebrew
2018The Bobby Brown Story as Tommy Brown
2016Pandemic as Gunner
2016Allegiant as Max
2016Frequency as Satch Reyna
2016Roots (2016) as Jerusalem
2015The Divergent Series: Insurgent as Max
2014A Day Late and a Dollar Short as Lewis
2014Divergent as Max
2013The Suspect as The Suspect
2011Last Man Standing as Jeremy Davis
2011Flypaper as Darrien
2009A Day in the Life as King KhiWatch Free
2007This Christmas as Gerald
2006Puff, Puff, Pass as Big Daddy
2006Torchwood as Rex Matheson
2005Slow Burn as Isaac Duperde
2004Dawn of the Dead as Andre
2003Honey as Chaz
20028 Mile as David "Future" Porter
2002Paid in Full as Mitch
2001O as Odin JamesWatch Free
2001Carmen: A Hip Hopera as Hill
2001Impostor as Cale
2001Brian's Song as Gale Sayers
2000Shaft as Trey Howard
1999Uninvited Guest as Silk
1999A Lesson Before Dying as Jefferson
1998I Still Know What You Did Last Summer as Tyrell
1998Hell's Kitchen as Johnny Miles
1997Soul Food as Lem
1997SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground as Man in Hallway (segment "Fern's Heart of Darkness")
1996High School High as Griff McReynolds
1995Clockers as Ronald 'Strike' Dunham
1995The Tuskegee Airmen as Lewis Johns

Director (1 Credits)


Himself (1 Credits)

1996Girl 6 as Himself (cameo) (uncredited)


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