Mekhi Phifer is an American actor who is best known for his roles on ER as Doctor Greg Pratt and in the feature film adaption of Shakespeare's Othello “O.”
Mekhi Phifer was born on December 29th, 1974 in Harlem, New York City. He is the son of Rhoda Phifer, who raised him alone while working as a high school teacher. He won an open casting call for Spike Lee's 1995 film Clockers, where he played a drug dealer caught up in a murder cover-up. Phifer followed it up with the lighthearted satire High School High.
Phifer was cast in the screamer film I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt. He appeared on ER as Dr. Pratt and in Torchwood: Miracle Day as Agent Collins. He appears in the 2014 science fiction film Divergent.
How Did Mekhi Phifer Begin His Career?
Mekhi Phifer's professional acting career began in 1995, while he was still in college. Models, INC. was his first television appearance (for one episode). While he just had a little role, it helped launch his career. Mekhi Phifer had recurring parts on the television programs New York Undercover and Homicide: Life on the Street in 1995 and 1996. He has also starred in films such as Clockers, Soul Food, and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
Mekhi Phifer continued to work largely on films in the first part of the 2000s, including Imposter, The Other Brother, and 8 Mile. On 2002, he landed one of his most well-known roles as Gregory Pratt in the television series ER. Mekhi Phifer played this role until 2008. Other sitcoms on which he had recurring parts throughout this decade were Curb Your Enthusiasm as Omar Jones and Lie to Me as Ben Reynolds.
Phifer's television career was busier than ever in the 2010s. In 2011, he landed a recurring role in Torchwood as Agent Rex Matheson. Then, in 2014, he appeared as Dre Collins in another episode of House of Lies.
In 2016, Mekhi Phifer began recurring appearances on two additional television episodes (Secret City as Ambassador Moreton and Frequency as Satch Reyna). He also featured as a guest star on a few more television series. Among these shows are Chicago P.D., Roots, and Psych. He also played the character Max in the Divergent film series.
Net Worth of Mekhi Phifer
As of this writing, Mekhi Phifer has an estimated net worth of $500 Thousand according to celebritynetworth.
Mekhi Phifer is an American actor. who is likely best known for his roles in films such as “8 Mile,” “Clockers,” and “Paid in Full.”
Throughout his career, Phifer has also appeared in a number of music videos. Some of the music videos include 50 Cent's “Many Men (Wish Death)” (2003), Brandy and Monica's “The Boy Is Mine” (1998), En Vogue's “Don't Let Go” (1996), Keith Sweat's “Nobody” (1996), Craig Mack's “Flava in Ya Ear” (1994), and three by Eminem: “Just Lose It” (2004), “Lose Yourself” (2002), and “Without Me” (2002).
Phifer is also an entrepreneur and businessman. He owns multiple “Athlete's Foot” sports footwear franchise locations in California. He is also the founder and CEO of Third Reel Films, which he founded in January 2011.
He has also participated in charity events such as the Celebrity Poker Showdown Championship. In 2004, Phifer defeated actor Neil Patrick Harris to win the competition. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of The Vine Group USA, a non-profit company that strives to give educational materials to African colleges.
Personal Life of Mekhi Phifer
Previously, Phifer was married to actress Malinda Williams. They have one son as a couple. Phifer and Oni Souratha had a kid. On March 30, 2013, he married his longtime partner, Reshelet Barnes, in a ceremony in Beverly Hills, California.
Awards and Achievements
Mekhi Phifer has won over half a dozen awards and been nominated for many more during his acting career. Some of his most notable honors are mentioned below.
- Black Reel Award for Network/Cable – Best Supporting Actor (A Lesson Before Dying)
- American Black Film Festival Rising Star Award – 2002
- Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (ER)
- TV Land Icon Award (ER)