He portrayed Dr. Greg Pratt on NBC’s long-running medical drama ER and had a co-starring role opposite Eminem in the feature film 8 Mile. Now, actor Mekhi Phifer is starring in the new TV show, “Frequency,” playing Lieutenant Satch Reyna. Here’s more:
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone.
Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar), who has now risen to Deputy Chief of Police. Frank’s former partner, Lieutenant Satch Reyna (Mekhi Phifer), is now Raimy’s mentor and friend, and he has urged her to let go of the hurt and anger she still feels about Frank’s disappearance and death, but the old pain still lingers. Raimy can barely bring herself to discuss Frank, even with her devoted boyfriend, Daniel (Daniel Bonjour), or her childhood friend, Gordo (Lenny Jacobson).
Now, twenty years later, Raimy is stunned when a voice suddenly crackles through her father’s old, long-broken ham radio – it’s Frank, somehow transmitting over the airwaves and through the decades from 1996. They’re both shocked and confused, but Raimy shakes Frank to the core when she warns him that the secret sting he is undertaking will lead to his death. Armed with that knowledge, Frank survives the attempt on his life. But changing history has dramatically affected Raimy’s life in the present – and there have been tragic consequences. Separated by twenty years, father and daughter have reunited on a frequency only they can hear, but can they rewrite the story of their lives without risking everyone they love?
FREQUENCY is from Warner Bros. Television in association with Lin Pictures, with executive producers Jeremy Carver (“Supernatural”), Toby Emmerich (“The Notebook” feature film), John Rickard (“Horrible Bosses”), Dan Lin (“The LEGO™ Movie,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Jennifer Gwartz (“Veronica Mars”).
Mekhi Phifer stars in The CW’s new drama series, “Frequency.” He plays Lieutenant Satch Reyna, a mentor and friend to Raimy (Peyton List), and Frank’s (Riley Smith) former partner.
Born in Harlem, NY, Phifer was raised by his mother, Rhoda, a high school teacher. His acting career began 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 and Delroy Lindo, he 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 “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer,” alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr., “Soul Food,” with Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Nia Long, and the comedy spoof “High School High.”
Phifer is best known for his starring roles as Dr. Gregory Pratt on the Emmy award winning series “ER,” for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination, and in the role of Future in Curtis Hanson’s critically acclaimed film “8 Mile,” appearing alongside Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger. He also appeared in “O,” where he starred opposite Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett, “Paid in Full” directed by Charles Stone III, “Honey,” alongside Jessica Alba, “Dawn of the Dead” and “Slow Burn,” opposite Ray Liotta.
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 Beyonce Knowles. Phyfe also starred in the Emmy award winning HBO original movie “A Lesson Before Dying,” with Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson, where his subtle performance also earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination. He also tackled the challenging role of NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers in the television special “Brian’s Song.” Phifer also made guest appearances on the popular police dramas “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “New York Undercover.”
Phifer currently resides in Los Angeles.