Mekhi Phifer

Actor, Singer
Mekhi Phifer's success story read like something from Hollywood's Golden Age. With little to no acting experience, Phifer landed a walk-on in an open casting session for the role of Strike in Spike Lee's "Clockers" ... Read more »
Born: 12/29/1974 in Harlem, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (57)

A Day In The Life 2014 (Movie)

King Khi (Actor)

A Day Late and a Dollar Short 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Asher 2014 (Movie)

Zebulon (Actor)

Divergent 2014 (Movie)

Max (Actor)

Head Games 2014 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Suspect 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Darrien (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Man Standing 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2006 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

New York Undercover 1994 - 1998, 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Top Chef: Masters 2002 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Torchwood 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 41st NAACP Image Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Slow Burn 2007 (Movie)

Isaac Duparde (Actor)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

Gerald (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Puff, Puff, Pass 2005 (Movie)

Big Daddy (Actor)

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

2003 Vibe Awards: Beats, Style, Flavor 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

2004 BET Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Dawn of the Dead 2004 (Movie)

Andre (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Guest

Miss USA 2004 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

With All Deliberate Speed 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Honey 2003 (Movie)

Chaz (Actor)

Miss USA 2003 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

8 Mile 2002 (Movie)

Future (Actor)

Impostor 2002 (Movie)

Cale (Actor)

Paid in Full 2002 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

The Other Brother 2002 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Aaliyah: A Life Cut Short 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hip Hopera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Making The Movie: MTV's Hip Hop Opera: Carmen 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

O 2001 (Movie)

Odin James 'O' (Actor)

An Uninvited Guest 2000 (Movie)

Silk (Actor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

Trey Howard (Actor)

Hell's Kitchen 1999 (Movie)

Johnny Miller (Actor)

The 4th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 1999 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hav Plenty 1998 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 1998 (Movie)

Tyrell (Actor)

Canned Ham: High School High 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

Lem (Actor)

Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

High School High 1996 (Movie)

Griff (Actor)

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

"Strike" Dunham (Actor)

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Actor

Brian's Song (TV Show)

Actor

The Tuskegee Airmen (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

This Christmas 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Puff, Puff, Pass 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

Puff, Puff, Pass 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Mekhi Phifer's success story read like something from Hollywood's Golden Age. With little to no acting experience, Phifer landed a walk-on in an open casting session for the role of Strike in Spike Lee's "Clockers" (1995). After he won the part, his career as a powerful and versatile African-American actor of the hip-hop generation was off and running. Phifer would go on to capture the attention of critics and audiences alike with performances that cross all cinematic genres, from gritty urban dramas to heartwarming romantic comedies.

Relationships

Rhoda Phifer

Mother
Raised Mekhi as a single-parent

Mekhi Phifer

Son
Born October 30, 2007 mother, Oni Souratha

Omikaye Phifer

Son
Born c. 1999 mother is Malinda Williams

Oni Souratha

Companion
Began dating in 2006 engaged May 2007

Malinda Williams

Wife
Met during filming of "High School High" (1996) married c. 1999 divorced in 2002

EDUCATION

Lincoln Square Auxiliary Services High School

New York , New York 1994

Milestones

2009

Began a guest-starring arc on the Fox drama "Lie to Me"; became a regular cast member in the second season

2007

Played a dead man in "Slow Burn" starring Ray Liotta and LL Cool J

2007

Produced the drama, "This Christmas"; also co-starred

2006

Debut as a producer-director with "Puff, Puff, Pass" a hilarious look at America's weed culture; also co-starred

2004

Starred opposite Ving Rhames in the remake of the 1978 horror film "Dawn of the Dead"

2003

Starred with Jessica Alba in the dance drama "Honey"

2002

Co-starred as Future in "8 Mile"

2002

Cast as Dr. Pratt on the NBC medical drama "ER"

2001

Starred in "O" (filmed in 1999), a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello"

2001

Played opposite pop singer Beyonce Knowles in MTV's hip-hop version of "Carmen"

2000

Had supporting role in "Shaft"

1998

Guest-starred on memorable season-ending episode of NBC's drama series "Homicide: Life on the Street"

1998

Co-starred in the horror sequel "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"

1997

Had supporting role in the hit film "Soul Food"

1995

Served as the chief advisor to a start-up talent agency

1995

Acting debut, starring role in "Clockers"

1995

TV acting debut in the HBO movie, "The Tuskegee Airmen"

1995

Began recording a rap album for Warner Bros.

1994

Responded to an open casting call for Spike Lee's production of "Clockers"

Bonus Trivia

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Name is pronounced me-KAI FI-fer.

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Phifer had intended to go to college to study electrical engineering before landing a role in "Clockers".

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