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MEKHI PHIFER has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with performances that cross all cinematic genres, from gritty urban dramas to heartwarming romantic comedies. Born and raised in New York, Phifer's film career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for director Spike Lee's Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel, John Turturro and Delroy Lindo, Phifer garnered critical acclaim for his compelling performance as a young New Jersey drug dealer involved in a murder cover-up. 

Phifer's recent film roles includes a starring role in the remake of the 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead, opposite Sarah Polley and Ving Rhames. In the fall of 2002, Phifer starred as Future, opposite Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger in Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed film 8 Mile (Universal), as well as in the Miramax feature Paid in Full, directed by Charles Stone. He also appeared in the Lionsgate feature O, opposite Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett. In the hit Columbia Tri-Star thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Phifer co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy and Freddie Prinze, Jr. He also starred in 20th Century Fox's successful family drama Soul Food, opposite Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long. 

Additional films have included Hell's Kitchen, NYC, in which he played a boxer opposite Angelina Jolie; the romantic comedy Tears of a Clown; the mystery thriller An Invited Guest, winner of the Audience Award at the 1999 Urbanworld Festival and The Imposter, with Gary Sinise, Madeline Stowe and Vincent D'Onofrio. In June of 2002, he was honored by the American Black Film Festival, receiving the organization's "Rising Star” award. 

In addition to his film career, since 2002 Phifer has had a long-running starring role on the Emmy® Award winning series "E.R” as Dr. Gregory Pratt, for which he has received two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a drama series in 2004 and 2005. Phifer's other television credits include leading roles in MTV's highly rated film "Carmen: A Hip-Hopera,” in which he did all his own rapping and starred opposite Beyoncé Knowles. He appeared in the Emmy Award winning HBO Original Movie "A Lesson Before Dying” with Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson, in which his subtle performance as a prisoner on death row won rave reviews and earned him a NAACP Image Award nomination. 

He tackled the challenging role of NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in the ABC television special "Brian's Song” and appeared in the celebrated HBO Original Film "The Tuskegee Airmen.” Phifer has also made guest appearances on the popular police dramas "Homicide: Life on the Street” and "New York Undercover.” 

In 2006, Phifer made his directorial debut with the independent comedy Easier, Softer Way. He starred in the film along Danny Masterson, Darrell Hammond, Ashley Scott, John C. McGinley, Ronnie Warner, Terry Crews and Mo Collins. The film, produced by Phifer for his newly launched Facilitator Films production company, follows two hapless potheads unintentionally involved in a scheme to rip off a mysterious character called Big Daddy (played by Phifer) after the duo sours on rehab. 

Phifer also guest starred on the 2005 season of the critically acclaimed HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm” and on the big screen alongside Ray Liotta and Taye Diggs in Lionsgate's Slowburn. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


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