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Mekhi Phifer plays Dr Gregory Pratt

The Character

Dr. Gregory Pratt's arrogance sometimes gets in the way of his career and love life. When radiologist Dr. Bettina DeJesus dumps him, Pratt decides to get serious.

However, it may turn out to be too little too late, as Pratt's life hangs in the balance after an explosion in the ambulance bay at the end of season 14.

The Actor

Mekhi Phifer starred as Future, opposite Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger, in Curtis Hanson's critically acclaimed film 8 Mile and also appeared in the feature Paid in Full, directed by Charles Stone. Phifer starred in the feature film O alongside Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett.

Phifer was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for his role on ER. His other television credits include leading roles in the highly rated film Carmen: A Hip-Hopera, in which he did all his own rap work 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, earning him another NAACP Image Award nomination. He tackled the challenging role of portraying NFL hall of famer Gale Sayers in the telefilm Brian's Song and appeared in the celebrated HBO film The Tuskegee Airmen. Phifer has also made guest appearances on the popular police dramas Homicide: Life on the Street and New York Undercover.

Born and raised in New York, Phifer began his acting career 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 Strike, a young New Jersey drug dealer involved in a murder cover-up. Following his impressive screen debut, he appeared in the comedy spoof High School High.

In the thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, Phifer 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, as a New York boxer, opposite Angelina Jolie; The Other Brother, a romantic comedy; the mystery thriller An Invited Guest, winner of the Audience Award at the 1999 Urbanworld Festival and the Grand Prize at the Acapulco Film Festival; and Impostor, with Gary Sinise, Madeline Stowe and Vincent D'Onofrio. In June 2002, he was honored by the American Black Film Festival, receiving the organization's Rising Star award.

Phifer recently completed Honey, starring alongside Jessica Alba. He is currently working on the remake of the 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead, with Sarah Polly and Ving Rhames. Additionally, Phifer is confirmed to star in Ray Liotta's next project, Slow Burn.

Phifer resides in Los Angeles.


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