Who is Mekhi Phifer?
Mekhi Phifer is an American actor, who is perhaps best known for starring in the recurring role of Dr. Gregory Pratt in the Golden Globe-winning medical TV drama series “ER”. Moreover, he is known for his role in several popular movies such as “8 Mile” (2002), “Honey” (2003) and “Dawn of the Dead” (2004).
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Mechic (pronounced ‘Meck-high’) Phifer was born under the zodiac sign Capricorn on the 29e December 1974, in New York City, and is of American nationality and African American ethnicity.
He and his twin brother were raised near Harlem in Manhattan by a single mother named Rhoda, who was a high school teacher.
Mechic plunged into the world of acting at the age of 20 when he was cast as drug dealer Strike in Spike Lee’s acclaimed crime thriller “Clockers”. For his debut performance, he was honored with a Most Promising Actor nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association Award. brace.
Following this success, young Phifer appeared in the Golden Globe-nominated TV war drama film “The Tuskegee Airmen” later that year, after which he appeared in several episodes of the TV series “New York Undercover.” In 1996, he was cast in the comedy film “High School High”, after which he played the recurring character Nathaniel Lee “Junior Bunk” Mahoney in the TV crime series “Homicide: Life on the Street”.
These were followed by two big screen appearances in 1997 comedy films, “Hav Plenty” and “Soul Food”.
After a brief appearance in the 1998 film “Hell’s Kitchen,” Mekhi appeared alongside Freddie Prinze Jr. and Jennifer Love Hewitt in the slasher horror film “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” – the second sequel in the “I Know What You Did Last Summer” movie franchise.
in 1999, Mechic got his first lead role when he starred as Silk in the thriller movie “Uninvited Guest”, while in 2000 he appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Christian Bale in the action movie “Shaft”. In 2001, he starred opposite Beyoncé in the TV musical drama film “Carmen: A Hip Hopera”, then played the lead role of Odin James in the thriller film “O”.
These roles were followed by an appearance in the 2001 Sci-Fi mystery film “Impostor,” based on Philip K. Dick’s short novel of the same name. In 2002, he starred in the comedy film “The Other Brother”, after which he played the main character in the critically acclaimed action crime film “Paid in Full”. Phifer later came to prominence in 2002, when he co-starred with Eminem as David ‘Future’ Porter in the Oscar-winning film “8 Mile” – he is also mentioned in Eminem’s hit single “Lose Yourself”, one of the theme songs from the movie .
I tell my children @MekhiPhifer one won #Oscar for this performance. https://t.co/AU6vcjx9Y3
— justbehappy (@Jermanelw) Dec 2, 2019
This big appearance on the big screen was followed by one of his most widespread hitherto recognized on-screen appearances – the recurring role of dr. Greg Pratto on the hit medical TV drama series “ER,” a total of 135 episodes over the show’s seven seasons through 2009.
Meanwhile, he also starred as Chaz in the romantic drama film “Honey”, while in 2004 Mechic appeared in Zac Snyder’s horror film “Dawn of the Dead”. Between 2009 and 2010, he guest-starred as Ben Reynolds in the TV series “Lie to Me”, before appearing in 2011 alongside Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd in the crime comedy film “Flypaper”.
After his recurring role of Agent Rex Matheson on the TV series “Torchwood”, in 2014 Phifer starred as Dre Collins in the Golden Globe-winning TV series “House of Lies,” and also appeared in the Hollywood Sci-Fi spectacle film “Divergent,” which grossed nearly $290 million worldwide. In 2015, he reprized his role of Max in the sequel titled “The Divergent Series: Insurgent”, while in 2016 he appeared in the final installment of the “Divergent” franchise called “Allegiant”.
in 2016 Mechic was cast in the first season of the TV series “Secret City”, after which he occasionally played the role of Satch Reyna in the TV series “Frequency”.
His last on-screen acting assignments include the recurring role of Markus Knox in the TV crime thriller series “Truth Be Told”, as well as the role of Harold Brooks in the TV comedy series “Love, Victor”.
in 1999, Mechic married a colleague, American actress Malinda Williams, with whom he welcomed a son, Omikaye, before their breakup in 2003. He has another son, Mekhi Thira Phifer, Jr., with Onanong Souratha, to whom he was briefly engaged. As of March 2013, Phifer has been married to Reshelet Barnes, recently appointed manager of Fox Cable News’ creative services division.
Besides an experienced actor, Mechic is a businessman and a philanthropist. He is one of the owners of the sportswear retail franchise “Athlete’s Foot,” which has six stores in the state of California. In addition, he is deeply involved with the charitable organization The Vine Group and has donated over $100,000 in school supplies and scholarships to the city of Ibadan in Nigeria. To honor his selfless efforts, the city opened the Mekhi Phifer Education Center in 2005.
Despite a promising career and abundant acting wallet, when it comes to Mekhi’s wealth, the situation is not so rosy. In 2014 he asked for bankruptcy, claiming that his assets include property valued at only $67,000 with total debt of $1.3 million. Moreover, Mekhi mentioned that his monthly income is around $7,500 while his expenses revolve around $11,000. Speaking from the second half of 2020, authoritative sources have estimated that Mekhi Phifer’s net worth has a negative balance of $1.3 million, of which $1.2 million he owes in taxes.