Mekhi Phifer

Highest Rated: 88% The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Birthday: Dec 29, 1974
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA
Although he had almost no prior acting experience, Mekhi Phifer made a highly auspicious screen debut as Strike, a 19-year-old petty drug dealer in Spike Lee's gritty urban drama Clockers (1995). A veteran of the Harlem streets, Phifer got his break when he attended an open casting call with only photo booth pictures of himself to give to interviewers. Displaying a rare charisma and intensity that was perfect for the role of Lee's ambitious protagonist, the novice actor beat the considerable odds against him and out-acted nearly 1,000 other applicants for the part. Following the success surrounding his Clockers debut, Phifer appeared in The Tuskegee Airmen, a powerful drama starring Laurence Fishburne that first aired on the HBO cable network. In 1997, Phifer made another strong impression playing the volatile but good-hearted Lem in George Tillman Jr.'s comedy drama Soul Food. The following year, he took part in the rage of teen horror films as one of the stars of I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and further established himself as one of Hollywood's more photogenic up-and-comers by starring alongside Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett in O (2000), a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello that saw Phifer as a high-school basketball star betrayed by his jealous best friend.Though a well-known performer, Phifer didn't have a bona fide hit until 2002 when he played Future alongside hip-hop star Eminem in the urban drama 8 Mile. That same year, Phifer found success on the small screen as well, joining the cast of NBC's long-running hit medical series ER. Phifer played the role of Dr. Greg Pratt for six seasons before exiting the show at the beginning of season 15 in 2008. Phifer continued to stick with television work after leaving the series, first joining the cast of Fox's crime-drama Lie to Me as an FBI agent, and then playing a CIA agent on the fourth season of the BBC's Torchwood.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Canal Street Actor 2019
44% Pandemic Gunner 2016
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Max 2016
28% Insurgent Actor $114.2M 2015
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short Lewis 2014
42% Divergent Max $129.6M 2014
No Score Yet The Suspect The Suspect 2014
No Score Yet The Love Section Ali 2012
17% Flypaper Darrien $1.6K 2011
No Score Yet Business as Usual: The Exploitation of Hip Hop Narrator Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Last Man Standing Jeremy Davis 2011
No Score Yet Nora's Hair Salon II (Nora's Hair Salon 2) Producer Actor 2008
55% This Christmas Executive Producer Gerald $49.2M 2007
12% Slow Burn Isaac Duparde $1.2M 2007
No Score Yet Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Producer Actor 2007
No Score Yet A Day in the Life King Khi 2007
No Score Yet Puff, Puff, Pass Producer Big Daddy Director 2006
78% With All Deliberate Speed: The Legacy of Brown vs. Board Actor 2004
75% Dawn of the Dead Andre $58.9M 2004
No Score Yet The MC: Why We Do It Narrator 2004
21% Honey Chaz $30.3M 2003
75% 8 Mile Future $116.7M 2002
53% Paid in Full Mitch $3.1M 2002
33% The Other Brother Martin 2002
22% Impostor Cale $5.3M 2002
No Score Yet La Canción de Brian Gale Sayers 2001
64% O Odin `O' James $15.6M 2001
No Score Yet Carmen: A Hip Hopera Derrick Hill 2001
No Score Yet Uninvited Guest Silk 2000
67% Shaft Trey Howard $70.4M 2000
40% Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. Johnny Miller $9.6K 1999
80% A Lesson Before Dying Jefferson 1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Tyrell Martin 1998
36% Hav Plenty Harold 1998
81% Soul Food Lem 1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground Actor 1997
13% High School High Griff 1996
69% Clockers Strike Dunham 1995
88% The Tuskegee Airmen Lewis Johns 1995

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Secret City
2016
Ambassador Moreton
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Bobby Brown Story
2018
Tommy Brown
  • 2018
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
Panelist
  • 2017
77% Frequency
2016-2017
Satch Reyna
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2016
96% Roots
2016
Jerusalem
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2014
77% House of Lies
2012-2016
Dre Collins Dre
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
93% Psych
2006-2014
Drake
  • 2012
97% White Collar
2009-2014
Kyle Collins
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Torchwood: Miracle Day
2011
Rex Matheson
  • 2011
79% Lie to Me
2009-2011
Agent Reynolds Agent Ben Reynolds Ben Reynolds
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Dr. Gregory Pratt Gregory Pratt
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Omar Jones
  • 2005
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Omar Jones
  • 2005
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2002
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Junior Bunk
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996

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