Biography

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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 56

Birthday 1974-12-29

Place of Birth Harlem, New York City, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Are You Sleeping(0 episodes) as Markus Knox
Canal Street as Prosecutor A.J. Canton
2018 The Bobby Brown Story(2 episodes) as Tommy Brown
2016 Frequency(13 episodes) as Satch Reyna
2016 Chocolate City: Vegas Strip as Best Valentine
2016 Match Game(1 episode) as Himself
2016 Secret City(6 episodes) as Moreton
2016 Roots(4 episodes) as Jerusalem
2016 Allegiant as Max
2016 Pandemic as Gunner
2015 Insurgent as Max
2014 A Day Late and a Dollar Short as Lewis
2014 Divergent as Max
2013 The Suspect as The Suspect
2013 The Love Section as James Johnson
2011 Flypaper as Darrien
2011 Last Man Standing as Jeremy Davis
2009 White Collar(2 episodes) as Kyle Collins
2009 A Day In The Life as King Khi
2009 Lie to Me(22 episodes) as Ben Reynolds
2009 Lie to Me(2 episodes) as Agent Ben Reynolds
2008 Nora's Hair Salon II: A Cut Above as Maxwell Terry
2007 This Christmas as Gerald
2006 Torchwood(10 episodes) as Rex Matheson
2006 Psych(1 episode) as Drake
2006 Puff, Puff, Pass as Big Daddy
2005 Slow Burn as Isaac Duperde
2004 Dawn of the Dead as Andre
2004 Best Week Ever(1 episode)
2003 Honey as Chaz
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(5 episodes)
2003 World Poker Tour(1 episode)
2003 Punk'd(1 episode) as Himself
2003 Jimmy Kimmel Live!(1 episode)
2002 8 Mile as David "Future" Porter
2002 Paid in Full as Mitch
2002 The Other Brother as Martin
2001 Impostor as Cale
2001 Brian's Song as Gale Sayers
2001 O as Odin James
2001 Carmen: A Hip Hopera as Hill
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm(4 episodes) as Omar Jones
1999 Uninvited Guest as Silk
1999 A Lesson Before Dying as Jefferson
1998 I Still Know What You Did Last Summer as Tyrell
1998 Hell's Kitchen as Johnny Miles
1997 Soul Food as Lem
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1997 Subway Stories: Tales from the Underground
1996 High School High as Griff McReynolds
1996 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah(1 episode)
1995 Clockers as Ronald 'Strike' Dunham
1995 The Tuskegee Airmen as Lewis Johns
1994 ER(130 episodes) as Greg Pratt
1994 New York Undercover(2 episodes)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street(2 episodes)

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2006 Puff, Puff, PassDirector

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2008 Nora's Hair Salon II: A Cut AboveProduction Artist

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