Mekhi Phifer Biography: Age, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Parents, Career, Movies,

May 22, 2024 0 Posted By Haruna Ayuba

Mekhi Phifer, an American actor, was born on December 29, 1974. His notable roles include portraying Dr. Greg Pratt in the renowned medical drama ER on NBC from 2002 to 2008.

Additionally, he starred alongside rapper Eminem in the 2002 film 8 Mile. Phifer also featured prominently in the Showtime series House of Lies and took on the character of CIA officer Rex Matheson in Torchwood: Miracle Day.


  • Full Name: Mekhi Phifer
  • Date of Birth: December 29, 1974
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Harlem, New York City, United States
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
  • Parents: William Phifer and Rhoda Phifer
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Reshelet Barnes (m. 2013)
  • Children: Mekhi Thira Phifer Jr., Omikaye Phifer
  • Relationship Status: Married
  • Net Worth: $8 million

Early Life and Education

Mekhi Thira Phifer, now 50, was born on December 29, 1974, in Harlem, New York City. His parents are William and Rhoda Phifer. Although Mekhi was raised solely by his mother, he was provided with a nurturing environment.

At the moment, Mekhi has not given enough details about his siblings’ background and has kept it away from the media. Regarding his education, he studied electrical engineering at Columbia University.

Personal Life

Phifer fathered a son with his ex-wife, actress Malinda Williams. He welcomed his second son with Oni Souratha in Los Angeles in 2007. On March 30, 2013, Phifer tied the knot with his longtime partner Reshelet Barnes in Beverly Hills, California.


In 1994, at the age of 19, Phifer was studying electrical engineering at Columbia University when he auditioned for Spike Lee‘s film Clockers and landed the lead role as a drug dealer involved in a murder cover-up. He continued to act in High School High and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and later starred in Paid in Full in 2002.

Phifer then joined the cast of ER as Dr. Gregory Pratt in 2002, and remained on the show until 2008. His character died in a cliffhanger involving an ambulance explosion. He also appeared in The Tuskegee Airmen, Subway Stories, and Brian’s Song, and gained attention for his role in Carmen: A Hip Hopera opposite Beyoncé Knowles.

In addition to his television work, Phifer had roles in Homicide: Life on the Street and New York Undercover, and earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for A Lesson Before Dying. He also had a guest-starring role on Lie to Me in 2009.


  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2004) – ER
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007) – ER

Net Worth

Mekhi Phifer’s net worth is estimated to be $8 million, a testament to his successful career in entertainment.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @mekhifans
  • Twitter: @MekhiPhifer


  • Clockers
  • Soul Food
  • 8 Mile
  • Dawn of the Dead
  • This Christmas
  • Insurgent
  • Pandemic

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