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Mekhi Phifer

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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Born:
Dec 29, 1974 In Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
48
First Appeared:
In the series Homicide: Life on the Street 1993-01-31
Latest Project:
Series Frequency 2016-10-05
Known For
Poster of White Collar
Poster of Best Week Ever
Poster of World Poker Tour
Poster of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Filmography
Movie Pandemic Gunner 2016-02-26
Series Frequency Satch Reyna 2016-10-05
Movie Allegiant Max 2016-03-09
Movie Roots Jerusalem 2016-05-30
Movie Insurgent Max 2015-03-18
Movie Divergent Max 2014-03-14
Movie The Suspect The Suspect 2013-10-16
Movie The Love Section James Johnson 2013-02-01
Movie Last Man Standing Jeremy Davis 2011-06-07
Movie Flypaper Darrien 2011-08-19
Series Lie to Me Ben Reynolds 2009-01-21
Series White Collar Kyle Collins 2009-10-23
Movie A Day In The Life King Khi 2009-07-07
Movie Nora's Hair Salon II: A Cut Above Maxwell Terry 2008-05-13
Series Psych Drake 2006-07-07
Movie Puff, Puff, Pass Big Daddy 2006-05-09
Series Torchwood Rex Matheson 2006-10-22
Movie Slow Burn Isaac Duperde 2005-09-12
Series Best Week Ever Unknown 2004-01-23
Movie Dawn of the Dead Andre 2004-03-19
Series World Poker Tour Unknown 2003-03-30
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unknown 2003-01-26
Series Punk'd Himself 2003-03-17
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Honey Chaz 2003-11-24
Movie The Other Brother Martin 2002-04-26
Movie Paid in Full Mitch 2002-10-25
Movie 8 Mile David "Future" Porter 2002-11-08
Movie Carmen: A Hip Hopera Hill 2001-05-08
Movie O Odin James 2001-08-31
Movie Brian's Song Gale Sayers 2001-12-02
Movie Impostor Cale 2001-12-03
Movie Uninvited Guest Silk 2000-09-22
Series Curb Your Enthusiasm Omar Jones 2000-10-15
Movie A Lesson Before Dying Jefferson 1999-05-22
Movie Hell's Kitchen Johnny Miles 1998-09-11
Movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Tyrell 1998-11-13
Movie Soul Food Lem 1997-09-26
Movie SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Unknown 1997-07-24
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Unknown 1996-07-22
Movie High School High Griff McReynolds 1996-10-25
Movie The Tuskegee Airmen Lewis Johns 1995-08-25
Movie Clockers Ronald 'Strike' Dunham 1995-09-15
Series ER Greg Pratt 1994-09-19
Series New York Undercover Unknown 1994-09-08
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13