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Also Known As: Mekkhi Thira Phifer Died:
Born: December 29, 1974 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harlem, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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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.

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.

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DIRECTOR:

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Asher (2015)
2.
 Divergent (2014)
3.
4.
 Flypaper (2011)
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6.
7.
 This Christmas (2007)
8.
 Puff, Puff, Pass (2006)
10.
 Dawn of the Dead (2004) Andre
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1994:
Responded to an open casting call for Spike Lee's production of "Clockers"
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.
1995:
Served as the chief advisor to a start-up talent agency
1997:
Had supporting role in the hit film "Soul Food"
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"
2000:
Had supporting role in "Shaft"
2001:
Played opposite pop singer Beyonce Knowles in MTV's hip-hop version of "Carmen"
2001:
Starred in "O" (filmed in 1999), a modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's "Othello"
2002:
Co-starred as Future in "8 Mile"
2002:
Cast as Dr. Pratt on the NBC medical drama "ER"
2003:
Starred with Jessica Alba in the dance drama "Honey"
2004:
Starred opposite Ving Rhames in the remake of the 1978 horror film "Dawn of the Dead"
2006:
Debut as a producer-director with "Puff, Puff, Pass" a hilarious look at America's weed culture; also co-starred
2007:
Played a dead man in "Slow Burn" starring Ray Liotta and LL Cool J
2007:
Produced the drama, "This Christmas"; also co-starred
2009:
Began a guest-starring arc on the Fox drama "Lie to Me"; became a regular cast member in the second season
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Education

Lincoln Square Auxiliary Services High School: New York , New York - 1994

Notes

Name is pronounced me-KAI FI-fer.

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

"I've been through it... selling drugs, robbing," he says, eating a corn muffin. "But my moms laid a foundation. I was straying the wrong path, but because of her I came back quick." He makes sure to add "And I'm not no mama's boy, neither."---From "Lucky Strike" by Craigh Barboza in Premiere, September, 1995.

"I've dated interracially a lot. I grew up in Harlem, so I've dated Latins, Dominican, Guyanese, Cuban, Black, White... I got de-virginized by a Puerto Rican. I'm like the United Colors of Benetton. [Laughs] I believe whoever's right for whoever. Who the hell can judge that?"---Phifer to Movieline's Hollywood Life, March/April 2004.

"He's an open, happy person," says co-star Goran Visnjic (Dr. Luka Kovac), a close pal off the set. "Every day you say to Mekhi, 'Hey, how are you?' and he always says the same thing: 'Life is good, man, life is good.'"---quoted to People, March 21, 2004.

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wife:
Malinda Williams. Actor. Met during filming of "High School High" (1996); divorced 2002.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Rhoda Phifer. Schoolteacher.
son:
Omikaye Phifer. Born c. 1999; mother, Malinda Williams.

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