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Dearon “Deezer D” Thompson (1965–2021), “ER” actor and rapper

by Linnea Crowther

Dearon “Deezer D” Thompson was an actor, rapper, and motivational speaker best known for his longtime role as nurse Malik McGrath in “ER.”

Actor and rapper

Thompson was an “ER” cast member for the show’s entire 15-season run from 1994 to 2009, appearing in close to 200 episodes including the pilot and the series finale. His character, Malik McGrath, was an LPN who was friendly with other hospital staffers. Thompson also appeared in movies including “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion,” “CB4,” and “Cool as Ice.” As a rapper, he released Christian-focused albums including “Delayed, but not Denied” and “Living Up in a Down World.”

Thompson on his music

“I write stuff that people can relate to. But I let you know that Jesus Christ is running my life. Not everything I rap about is biblical, in the sense that I’m not trying to be Mr. Scripture in all my songs.” —from a 1999 interview with Crosswalk

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