Mekhi Phifer, an American-born actor got his career breakthrough from the NCB’s medical drama series ER (2002- 2006) & records 66 acting credits so far.

Professional since 1995, Phifer made his film debut through Clockers (1995) & has appeared in many commercially successful films, including 8 Mile (2002) alongside Eminem and in Divergent film series (2014, 2015 & 2016).

Even if, the actor collected a pocket full of money during the career hype, his bad money management & debt got him with bankruptcy; he filed the case in 2014.

What Is Mekhi Phifer’s Net Worth In 2020?

Even after 6 years of filing bankruptcy, the New York native barely seems to have tackled with all his debts- reasons are fading acting venture & hefty expenditure on self & child support.

According to Celebrity Net Worth, 45-year-old Phifer has a net worth of negative (-) $1.5 million as of March 2020.

Some online sources report that during his career peak, the American actor worth somewhere around $8 million.

American actor Mekhi Phifer filed for bankruptcy in 2014; as of 2020, he has (minus '-') $1.5 million net worth
American actor Mekhi Phifer filed for bankruptcy in 2014; he has (minus ‘-‘) $1.5 million net worth as of 2020

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Indeed, over the course of 15 years in the acting industry, Mekhi made a hefty sum through the TV career as well as movie appearances.

The 3-time NAACP Image Award nominee’s career began after he was in Clockers (1995), which followed further roles in films such as High School High (1996), Soul Food (1997) and Shaft (2000).

His career breakthrough came in 2002 after he was cast as Gregory Pratt in ER (2002- 2008), which starred other casts Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, and Sherry Stringfield.

Aside from acting, Mekhi generates considerable sum through business endeavor; he owns an “Athlete’s Foot” store franchise in California.

Went Bankrupt In 2014: Why & How Much Debt He Was In?

In spite of such an impressive career record, the ER actor went bankrupt in 2014, stating that he was in $1.3 million debt while his asset holdings were only $67,000.

In the bankruptcy, the actor filed that his heavy debt was $1.2 million in back taxes to IRS along with $50,000 in lawyers’ bills and $4,500 in back child support.

As per his legal documents, Mekhi’s monthly expenditure accounted for $11,600 while his revenue-a-month was only $7,500. His ill-management finances & flooding extravagant expenses led him to knock to the bankruptcy door.

Journey In TV Series & Movies: Box-Office Collection

Having appeared in movies like Clockers (1995) and The Tuskegee Airmen (1995), Mekhi also earned his TV credit through guest appearance in New York Undercover (1995- 1996).

He would become a notable cast in medical drama series ER (2002- 2006) & later made brief appearances in TV series Lie to Me (2009-2011), White Collar (2012), Frequency (2016) & Chicago P.D (2018).

Moreover, the actor has appeared in many box-office successful films: Soul Food (1997), I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998), Shaft (2000), 8 Mile (2002) and Dawn of the Dead (2004).

Phifer portrayed Max in Divergent film series (2014, 2015 & 2016)- the film collected a total of $765.4 million in gross
Phifer portrayed Max in Divergent film series (2014, 2015 & 2016)- the film collected a total of $765.4 million in gross

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Mekhi Phifer played Max, a member of Dauntless faction in the Divergent film series starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

The 3 installments of the film: Divergent (2014), Insurgent (2015) & Allegiant (2016), made a gross collection of $765.4 million in total.

Filmography & Box-Office Collection

Films Budget Gross Collection
Soul Food (1997) $7.5 million $43.7 million
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) starring Jennifer Love Hewitt $24 million $84 million
Shaft (2000) starring Samuel L. Jackson $46 million $107.2 million
8 Mile (2002) $41 million $242.9 million
Honey (2003) $18 million $62.2 million
Dawn of the Dead (2004) $26 million $102.3 million
This Christmas (2007) $13 million $49.8 million
Divergent (2014) $85 million $288.9 million
The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015) $110 million $297.3 million
The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016) $110- $142 million $179.2 million

Any Upcoming Project?

The actor is working on his upcoming projects, 10-13 and Saint Paul; both of them are under pre-production. Meanwhile, no further update on Mekhi’s projects is out.

Lives In California: What Other Properties He Owns?

As per Virtual Globetrotting, Mekhi Phifer lives in Woodland Hills, California, where the average house price is $916,950.

During the bankruptcy filing, the actor listed that he owns a Leather bed & a collection of guns that includes a shotgun &  2.9 mm pistols.

Also, Phifer stated about a Segway, valued at $1,500.

Divergent actor Mekhi Phifer with his Range Rover
Divergent actor Mekhi Phifer with his Range Rover

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Reportedly, his daily drive is a 2008 Range Rover, which has a base price of $78,000. He learned to drive in Toyota & his first car bought was a 1996 Ford Explorer.

Married Twice: Father Of 2 Children

Mekhi is currently in a marital relationship with Reshelet Barnes, his second wife; the duo married on March 30, 2013. They are yet to share children of their own.

Mekhi Phifer and his second wife Reshelet Barnes
Mekhi Phifer and his second wife Reshelet Barnes

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Formerly, Phifer was married to actress Malinda Williams for 4 years. The duo exchanged vows in 1999 & divorced in 2003.

While together, they welcomed a son Omikaye.

Moreover, he is the father of another son named Mekhi Thira Phifer, Jr. (b.October 30, 2007) with now ex-fiancee Onanong Souratha.

Short-Bio: Raised By Single Mother

Phifer was born Mekhi Thira Phifer on December 29, 1974, in Harlem, New York City, New York. He was raised by single-mother Rhoda Phifer, who was a high school teacher.

He also has a brother named Fernando Cameron.

The 5 ft. 9 inches tall actor is an active user of Instagram & Twitter; his followers count over 169K & 64.8K as of March 2020.