This intense, charismatic young actor lived out the classic overnight success scenario by beating out approximately 1,000 other candidates to win the starring role in Spike Lee's feature "Clockers" (1995). With no previous acting experience, Phifer was so green that he had his head shots taken at a Woolworth booth, just before attending the open casting call audition. Like his character, street-level ghetto crack dealer Strike, Phifer was a 19-year-old young Black male from the inner city. The Harlem native received mostly raves for his searing debut performance. The success of that assignment led to a supporting role in the made-for-cable TV-movie "The Tuskegee Airmen" (HBO, 1995) starring Laurence Fishburne as well as roles in "Soul Food" (1997) and "I Still Know What You Did Last Summer" (1998).
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