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      Mekhi Phifer

      Mekhi Phifer

      Highest Rated: 86% The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)

      Lowest Rated: 7% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

      Birthday: Dec 29, 1974

      Birthplace: Harlem, New York, USA

      Mekhi Phifer proved himself as an actor many times over with iconic roles in everything from "8 Mile" (2002) to the medical drama "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009). Born in Harlem, New York in 1974, Phifer's single-parent household often struggled when it came to money. Though there were many young men in his orbit with aspirations to become hip-hop artists, Phifer rarely saw this path lead others to success, so he followed his instincts and pursued his drive to become an actor instead. He landed his first role as Ronald 'Strike' Dunham in Spike Lee's "Clockers" (1995), and it proved to be something of a breakthrough. He appeared in the comedy "High School High" (1996) the following year, which he quickly followed with roles in "Soul Food" (1997) and the horror hit "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998). Mekhi earned major acclaim for his starring performance in "O" (2001), a modern take on Shakespeare's "Othello," and only enjoyed increased notoriety for his performance as Mitch, a character based on real life '80s drug kingpin Rich Porter in the crime drama "Paid in Full" (2002). Phifer next played rapper David 'Future' Porter in the Eminem biopic "8 Mile" the same year he joined the cast of the beloved medical drama "ER." He would stay with the series until it finally wrapped in 2008, though he would also continue to appear in feature films, memorably starring opposite then up-and-coming Jessica Alba in the dance movie "Honey" (2003). In 2004, Phifer appeared alongside Ving Rames and Sarah Polley in Zach Snyder's well-received remake of the classic zombie movie "Dawn of the Dead" (2004). The next year, he landed a recurring role on the massively acclaimed comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" (HBO, 2000-). Phifer went on to join the cast of the crime drama series "Lie to Me" (Fox, 2009-2011), and later appeared in the popular YA movie "Divergent" (2014) in addition to playing the recurring role of Dre Collins on the third season of the acclaimed political drama "House of Cards" (Showtime, 2012-16). He appeared in a number of under-the-radar films during this time including "Chocolate City: Vegas" (2017), "A Talent for Trouble" (2018), "Canal Street" (2018), and "Obsession" (2019). In 2019, Phifer appeared with Octavia Spencer, Aaron Paul, and Lizzy Caplan in the thriller "Truth Be Told" (2019).

      Highest rated movies

      The Tuskegee Airmen
      Soul Food
      A Lesson Before Dying
      Dawn of the Dead 8 Mile Clockers Shaft O

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      I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, Matthew Settle, Freddy Prinze Jr., Brandy Norwood, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mekhi Phifer, 1998 HONEY, Jessica Alba, Mekhi Phifer, 2003. ©Universal I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER, Mekhi Phifer, 1998, (c)Columbia Pictures CLOCKERS, Harvey Keitel, Mekhi Phifer, 1995 CLOCKERS, Mekhi Phifer, 1995. ©Universal Pictures Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Jaleel White (L), Mekhi Phifer (R), 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Jaleel White (L), Mekhi Phifer (R), 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Jaleel White (L), Cheech Marin (C), Mekhi Phifer (R), 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Mekhi Phifer, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Dulé Hill, Jennifer Lynch, Saladin Patterson, Jaleel White, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Jaleel White (L), Mekhi Phifer (R), 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Mekhi Phifer, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, from left: Mekhi Phifer, Jaleel White, James Roday, Dulé Hill, 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA Psych, Cheech Marin (L), Mekhi Phifer (R), 'Let's Doo-Wop It Again', Season 6, Ep. #13, 03/21/2012, ©USA

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      20% No Score Yet Lights Out Max Bomer (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 70% Obsession Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet 92% Canal Street Prosecutor A.J. Canton (Character) $247.8K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chocolate City Vegas Strip Best Valentine (Character) - 2016
      44% 73% Pandemic Gunner (Character) - 2016
      11% 41% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Max (Character) $66.2M 2016
      28% 58% The Divergent Series: Insurgent Max (Character) $130.1M 2015
      No Score Yet 66% A Day Late and a Dollar Short Lewis (Character) - 2014
      41% 69% Divergent Max (Character) $150.8M 2014
      No Score Yet 63% The Suspect The Suspect (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 29% The Love Section James Johnson (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Business as Usual: The Exploitation of Hip Hop Executive Producer - 2011
      No Score Yet 39% Last Man Standing Jeremy Davis (Character) - 2011
      15% 42% Flypaper Darrien (Character) $1.1K 2011
      No Score Yet 62% A Day in the Life King Khi (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 33% Nora's Hair Salon 2: A Cut Above Dr. Terry (Character) - 2008
      55% 81% This Christmas Gerald (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $49.1M 2007
      No Score Yet 57% Puff, Puff, Pass Big Daddy (Character),
      Director,
      Producer
      - 2006
      9% 55% Slow Burn Isaac Duparde (Character) $1.2M 2005
      No Score Yet 80% The MC: Why We Do It Narrator - 2005
      76% 77% Dawn of the Dead Andre (Character) $58.9M 2004
      21% 71% Honey Chaz (Character) $30.2M 2003
      33% No Score Yet The Other Brother Martin (Character) - 2002
      75% 54% 8 Mile Future (Character) $116.7M 2002
      53% 93% Paid in Full Mitch (Character) $3.0M 2002
      50% 70% Carmen: A Hip Hopera Hill (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 77% Brian's Song Gale Sayers (Character) - 2001
      25% 41% Impostor Cale (Character) $6.1M 2001
      65% 58% O Odin James (Character) $16.4M 2001
      67% 41% Shaft Trey Howard (Character) $70.3M 2000
      80% 77% A Lesson Before Dying Jefferson (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 75% Uninvited Guest Silk (Character) $170.8K 1999
      40% 36% Hell's Kitchen N.Y.C. Johnny Miles (Character) $9.8K 1998
      7% 29% I Still Know What You Did Last Summer Tyrell (Character) $40.0M 1998
      82% 86% Soul Food Lem (Character) $43.5M 1997
      19% 37% High School High Griff McReynolds (Character) $21.0M 1996
      86% 79% The Tuskegee Airmen Lewis Johns (Character) - 1995
      73% 74% Clockers Ronald "Strike" Dunham (Character) $13.0M 1995

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 68% Truth Be Told Markus Killebrew (Character) 2019-2021 2023
      100% 88% The Bobby Brown Story Tommy Brown (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Beat Bobby Flay Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Joe Baker (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2017
      77% 86% Frequency Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Character) 2016-2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2016
      No Score Yet 71% Secret City Brent Moreton (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Roots Jerusalem (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011 2014-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 84% House of Lies Dre (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
      96% 92% White Collar Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      89% 94% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2012
      98% 83% Torchwood Rex Matheson (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2011
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me FBI Agent Ben Reynolds (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2009-2011
      No Score Yet 85% ER Dr. Gregory Pratt (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2002-2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2008
      92% 90% Curb Your Enthusiasm Omar Jones (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2004
      91% 90% Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New York Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 1995-1996