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Mekhi Phifer

Highest Rated:   86% The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
43% Pandemic
  • Gunner
2016
13% The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • Max
2016
29% Insurgent
  • Actor
$114.2M 2015
No Score Yet A Day Late and a Dollar Short
  • Lewis
2014
41% 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
56% 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
  • Director
  • Big Daddy
  • Producer
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
76% 8 Mile
  • Future
$116.7M 2002
52% 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
68% Shaft
  • Trey Howard
$70.4M 2000
40% Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C.
  • Johnny Miller
$9.6k 1999
No Score Yet A Lesson Before Dying
  • Jefferson
1999
7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Tyrell Martin
1998
36% Hav Plenty
  • Harold
1998
80% Soul Food
  • Lem
1997
No Score Yet SUBWAYStories: Tales from the Underground
  • Actor
1997
13% High School High
  • Griff
1996
68% Clockers
  • Strike Dunham
1995
86% The Tuskegee Airmen
  • Lewis Johns
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Match Game
2016
  • Panelist
  • 2017
75% Frequency
2016
  • Satch Reyna
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
  • Guest
  • 2016
98% Roots
2016
  • Jerusalem
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet House of Lies
2012-2016
  • Dre Collins Dre
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Drake
  • 2012
100% 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
No Score Yet 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 Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Omar Jones
  • 2005
95% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • 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

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