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Dawn of the Dead

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Catherine McCormack; in The Pelican Brief, with Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington; and in Sidney Lumet’s A Stranger Among Us.

On television, Weber starred as Jake Berman in HBO’s sitcom The Mind of the Married Man and as Dr. Matt Crower in the cult hit horror drama series American Gothic. He guest-starred in the pilot episode of the series Law & Order: Criminal Intent and in NYPD Blue. He also appeared as Tolliver Tynan in the Emmy-nominated television movie What the Deaf Man Heard, with Matthew Modine.

Upcoming he can be seen starring in the feature film Summerhill for director William Tyler Smith.

With numerous stage credits to his name, Weber has starred in countless theatrical productions, including Lynn Meadow’s Broadway production of A Small Family Business. He also starred in The Classic Stage Company’s production of Monster, directed by Michael Greif; Primary Stages’ production of Missing/Kissing, directed by John Patrick Shanley; and the Manhattan Theatre Club’s The Radical Mystique and Mad Forest, with Calista Flockhart.

He has also appeared in four production at the prestigious Public Theatre: As You Like It, with Elizabeth McGovern, directed by Adrien Hall, which garnered Weber a Calloway Award; The Big Funk, with Jeanne Tripplehorn, directed by John Patrick Shanley; Othello, with Raul Julia and Christopher Walken, directed by Joe Dowling; and Richard III, with Denzel Washington, directed by Robin Phillips.

He also performed in the Lincoln Center’s production of Road, directed by Simon Curtis, with Kevin Bacon and Joan Cusack. His most recent theater credits include Kimberly Akimbo, directed by David Petrarca at Manhattan Theatre Club; and Butley, with Nathan Lane, directed by Nicholas Martin for the Huntington Theatre in Boston.

MEKHI PHIFER (Andre) has captured the attention of critics and audiences alike with performances that cross all cinematic genres, from gritty urban dramas to heartwarming romantic comedies.

He most recently starred alongside Jessica Alba in the high-energy drama with music Honey; and opposite Eminem, Brittany Murphy and Kim Basinger in Curtis Hanson’s highly acclaimed 8 Mile. He also starred in the feature Paid in Full and in the feature film O, based on Shakespeare’s Othello, where he starred opposite Julia Styles and Josh Hartnett.

In addition to his escalating film career, Phifer added to his growing list of television credits a starring role on the Emmy Award-winning series ER, as Dr. Gregory Pratt, for which he has received two NAACP Image Award nominations.

Mekhi Phifer’s other television credits include leading roles in MTV’s highly rated film Carmen: A HipHopera, in which he did all his own rap work and starred opposite Beyonce Knowles.

He appeared in the Emmy Award-winning HBO Original Movie A Lesson Before Dying, with Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson, where his subtle performance as a man on death row won rave reviews and also earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination. He tackled the challenging role of portraying NFL Hall-Of-Famer Gale Sayers in the ABC television special Brian’s Song, and appeared in the celebrated HBO Original 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, Mekhi Phifer’s acting career began when he auditioned at an open casting call for Spike Lee’s Clockers and was selected for the leading role. Working alongside Harvey Keitel, John Turturro 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 film debut, he appeared in the comedy spoof High School High.

In the hit thriller I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, he co-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, NYC, Tears of a Clown, An Invited Guest (winner of the Audience Award at the 1999 Urbanworld Festival and the Grand Prize at the Acapulco Film Festival) and The Imposter.

In June of 2002, Phifer was honored by the American Black Film Festival, receiving the organization’s Rising Star Award.

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