Mekhi Phifer net worth: Mekhi Phifer is an American actor who has a net worth of $8 million. Mekhi Phifer earned his net worth with his television appearances on punk'd and Top Chef Master, as well as his acting roles in film and TV. Born Mekhi Thira Phifer on December 29, 1974, in Harlem, New York City, Mekhi Phifer made a quite promising feature movie debut playing petty drug dealer, Ronald 'Strike' Dunham, in Spike Lee's uncompromising urban drama Clockers (1995). With almost no previous experience whatsoever, he out-acted nearly 1,000 other applicants for the role thanks to his rare charisma and Harlem-street know-how. Following his breakthrough success, Phifer appeared in the 1995 TV movie, The Tuskegee Airmen, starring opposite Laurence Fishburne. Another powerful performance Phifer gave is in George Tillman Jr.'s comedy drama Soul Food (1997), after which he went on to appear in several teen films like 1998′s horror I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and 2001′s drama O. Although he was already established as a well-known actor, he didn't land a bona fide hit role until 2002 when he played Future alongside hip-hop star Eminem in the urban drama 8 Mile. The same year, Phifer earned another big role, but this time on the small screen, as a guest star in the NBC's long-running hit medical series ER. His other notable TV appearances include, Fox crime show Lie to Me (2009-2011) and BBC's Torchwood: Miracle Day (2006-). In his career, Mekhi Phifer proved both critics and audiences that he is a well-rounded performer who can successfully perform parts in all cinematic genres, from gritty urban dramas to heartwarming romantic comedies.