Michael Jai White

Known For
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1967-11-10

Place of Birth
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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Michael Jai White

An American actor and professional martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1988. White started martial arts training at the age of seven and is now an accomplished martial artist, holding seven legitimate black belts in Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). His first major starring role and breakout performance was in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, as heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. In 1997, he portrayed the eponymous character in the 1997 movie Spawn. His work in Spawn earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer. White starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return. In 2001, he also starred opposite fellow martial artist Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds. In 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes' and Mariah Carey's music video "I Know What You Want". Since 2003, in addition to his on screen roles, White has been doing voice work, including Static Shock, Justice League, and the Spawn animated series. White showcases his martial arts skills in the direct-to-DVD film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. He also appears in Michelle Yeoh's Silver Hawk in 2004. His film, Why Did I Get Married? opened at number one at the box office on October 12, 2007. White played the role of the mob boss Gambol in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. He also starred in the film Blood and Bone and the Blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite, both released in 2009. White wrote the scripts for both Black Dynamite and his upcoming 3 Bullets in which he stars with Bokeem Woodbine. White will make his directorial debut and star in Never Back Down 2, which is slated for a 2011 release. In August 2005 he wed his girlfriend of two years, Courtenay Chatman. The couple have a daughter named Morgan Michelle who was born on December 24, 2008. Michael has two sons from a previous relationship. He is an avid chess player, as seen in his movie Blood and Bone.

1997
Spawn
5.2
2009
Blood and Bone
6.8
2009
Black Dynamite
7.3
2006
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
7.0
2011
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown
6.1
2011
Tactical Force
4.8
2014
Android Cop
4.0
2014
Falcon Rising
5.8
2002
Trois 2: Pandora's Box
6.3
2016
The Crooked Man
4.1
2020
The Outlaw Johnny Black
0.0
2018
Making a Killing
6.3
2019
The Hard Way
5.4
2012
Freaky Deaky
5.1
2013
Generation Iron
6.9
1999
Mutiny
0.0
2015
Chain of Command
5.1
2016
Never Back Down: No Surrender
6.5
2016
Vigilante Diaries
4.7
1970
Primer
0.0
1997
The Making of 'Spawn'
0.0
2019
Undercover Brother 2
3.4
2010
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth
7.2
1999
Thick as Thieves
5.3
2012
Somebody's Child
3.0
1995
Tyson
5.5
2015
Chocolate City
5.3
2003
Justice
0.0
2019
Triple Threat
5.6
2017
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege
5.4
2017
Cops and Robbers
4.7
1970
HeadShop
0.0
1970
Send It!
0.0
1999
Universal Soldier: The Return
4.6
2007
Why Did I Get Married?
6.3
2019
Dragged Across Concrete
6.6
2013
Fedz
0.0
2004
Silver Hawk
5.3
1996
Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal
0.0
2014
Skin Trade
5.7
2016
The Asian Connection
4.1
1995
Ballistic
3.6
2018
Accident Man
5.2
1997
City of Industry
5.7
2000
Freedom Song
0.0
2010
One Angry Juror
5.5
1996
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story
0.0
2001
Exit Wounds
5.5
2010
The Legend of Bruce Lee
4.9
2018
Every Day Is Christmas
4.8
1998
Ringmaster
4.3
2010
Why Did I Get Married Too?
6.1
1970
The Family Business
10.0
2016
Chocolate City: Vegas Strip
6.3
2019
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks
7.9
1999
Breakfast of Champions
5.5
2005
Getting Played
6.2
2012
The Philly Kid
5.3
1991
Ring of Fire
5.4
1993
Full Contact
5.0
2019
Hidden Colors 5: The Art of Black Warfare
9.0
1989
The Toxic Avenger Part II
5.3
1989
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
4.7
1996
2 Days in the Valley
6.2
2011
Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair
8.0
2008
The Dark Knight
8.4
2019
In Search of the Last Action Heroes
10.0
2004
UnConventional
5.0
1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
6.0
2001
Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes
4.8
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