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Biography #2 (for Honey)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. He most recently starred opposite Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger in Curtis Hanson's highly acclaimed 8Mile. He also starred in the feature Paid in Full and in the feature film O, based on Shakespeare's Othello, where he starred opposite Julia Styles and Josh Hartnett.
In addition to his escalating film career, Phifer recently added to his growing list of television credits a starring role on the Emmy Award-winning series ER. His other television credits include leading roles in MTV's highly-rated film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, in which he did all his own rap work and starred opposed Beyonce Knowles. He appeared in the Funny Awardwinning HBO Original Movie A Lesson Before Dying, with Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson, where his subtle performance as a man on death row won rave reviews and earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination. He tackled the challenging role of playing 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 appearances on the popular police dramas Homicide: Life on the Street and New York Undercover.
Born and raised in New York, Mekhi Phifer's acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for Spike Lee's Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel, John Turturro and Delroy Lindo, he garnered critical acclaim for his compelling performance as Strike, a young New Jersey drug dealer involved in a murder coverup. Following his impressive film debut, he appeared in the comedy spoof High School High.
In the hit thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, he co-starred with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Brandy and Freddie Prinze Jr. He also starred in the successful family drama Soul Food, opposite Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long. Additional films include Hell's Kitchen, NYC, Tears of a Clown, An Invited Guest (winner of the Audience Award at the 1999 Urbanworld Festival and the Grand Prize at the Acapulco Film Festival) and The Imposter.