Mostly Credited As: Mekhi Phifer
Birth Name: Mekhi Thira Phifer
Date Of Birth: December 29, 1974 (Age 40)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Harlem, New York City, New York
Height: 5' 10 ½" (1.79 m)
This intense, charismatic young actor lived out the classic overnight success scenario by beating out approximately 1,000 other candidates to win the starring role in Spike Lee's feature "Clockers" (1995). With no previous acting experience, Phifer was so green that he had his head shots taken at a Woolworth booth, just before attending the open casting call audition. Like his character, street-level ghetto crack dealer Strike, Phifer was a 19-year-old young Black male from the inner city. The Harlem native received mostly raves for his searing debut performance. The success of that assignment led to a supporting role in the made for cable TV-movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" (HBO, 1995) starring Laurence Fishburne as well as roles in "Soul Food" (1997), "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998), and in the remake of "Shaft" (2000). One of his most powerful performances was as the lead character Odin in "O," the Othello-inspired high school drama. In 2002, Phifer was cast as Cale in the sci-fi feature "Imposter". He then went on to play a 1980s drug kingpin in the feature drama "Paid In Full" (2002), but his most visible role was as Future in "8 Mile," the film starring and loosely based on the life of hip-hop artist Eminem. Since then he has made numerous appareances on the hit NBC primetime series: "ER'