Mekhi Phifer

29 Dec 1974

Actor, Director

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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Filmography (23 titles)

(movie, 2016)
···Allegiant
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Max)
(movie, 2016)
···Pandemic
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Gunner)
(movie, 2015)
···Insurgent
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Max)
(movie, 2014)
···Divergent
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Max)
(movie, 2013)
···The Suspect
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as The Suspect)
(movie, 2011)
···Flypaper
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Darrien)
(movie, 2006)
···Puff, Puff, Pass
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 2005)
···Slow Burn
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Isaac Duperde)
(movie, 2004)
···Dawn of the Dead
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Action
Role: Actor (as Andre)
(movie, 2003)
···Honey
Genre: Music
Role: Actor (as Chaz)
(movie, 2002)
···8 Mile
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as David "Future" Porter)
(movie, 2002)
···Paid in Full
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mitch)
(movie, 2001)
···Impostor
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Cale)
(movie, 2001)
···O
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Odin James)
(movie, 2001)
···Brian's Song
Genre: Drama, Sport
Role: Actor (as Gale Sayers)
(movie, 2001)
···Carmen: A Hip Hopera
Genre: Drama, Musical
Role: Actor (as Hill)
(movie, 1999)
···A Lesson Before Dying
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Jefferson)
(movie, 1999)
···An Invited Guest
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Silk)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Tyrell)
(movie, 1998)
···Hell's Kitchen
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Johnny Miles)
(movie, 1996)
···High School High
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Griff McReynolds)
(movie, 1995)
···Clockers
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Ronald 'Strike' Dunham)
(movie, 1995)
···The Tuskegee Airmen
Genre: Drama, History, War, TV Movie
Role: Actor (as Lewis Johns)