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Michael Jai White

1967-11-10 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Image of 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.


A Snowy Day in Oakland Reverend Carter 2023-01-13
Come Out Fighting Sergeant AJ "Red" McCarron 2022-11-01
Dead Zone Boss 2022-07-29
The Commando James Baker 2022-01-07
As Good as Dead Bryant 2022-12-16
Bisping Self 2022-03-22
Assault on VA-33 Chief Malone 2021-04-02
Rogue Hostage Sparks 2021-06-11
Take Back Brian 2021-06-18
Batman: Soul of the Dragon Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger (voice) 2021-01-12
Black Friday Archie 2021-11-19
Send It! Coach 2021-05-11
Welcome to Sudden Death Jesse Freeman 2020-09-09
The Hard Way Payne 2019-03-05
Undercover Brother 2 Undercover Brother / Narrator 2019-11-05
Triple Threat Devereaux 2019-03-19
Hidden Colors 5: The Art of Black Warfare Himself 2019-08-01
In Search of the Last Action Heroes Himself 2019-09-01
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks Self 2019-08-14
Every Day Is Christmas Justin 2018-11-24
Dragged Across Concrete 'Biscuit' 2018-09-03
Accident Man Mick 2018-02-06
Making a Killing Orlando Hudson 2018-08-10
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege Scorpion 2017-08-01
Cops and Robbers 2017-12-12
Vigilante Diaries Barrington 2016-09-01
The Crooked Man Milo 2016-10-01
The Asian Connection Greedy Greg 2016-05-13
Chocolate City: Vegas Strip Princeton 2016-07-04
Never Back Down: No Surrender Case Walker 2016-06-05
The Real Miyagi Himself 2015-02-20
Chocolate City Princeton 2015-05-22
Chain of Command James Webster 2015-08-30
Falcon Rising John 'Falcon' Chapman 2014-09-05
Beyond the Game 2014-12-31
Android Cop Hammond 2014-02-04
Skin Trade Reed 2014-11-07
Generation Iron Himself 2013-09-20
Fedz Big D (as Micheal White) 2013-03-13
Somebody's Child Douglas 2012-08-11
Freaky Deaky Donnell Lewis 2012-04-22
We the Party Officer Davis 2012-04-06
The Philly Kid Arthur Letts 2012-05-11
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Case Walker 2011-09-13
Tactical Force Hunt 2011-08-09
Why Did I Get Married Too? Marcus 2010-04-02
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Jackson Briggs 2010-06-08
One Angry Juror Derrick 2010-11-15
The Legend of Bruce Lee Ali 2009-04-30
Black Dynamite Black Dynamite 2009-10-16
Blood and Bone Isaiah Bone 2009-02-07
The Dark Knight Gambol 2008-07-14
Why Did I Get Married? Marcus 2007-10-12
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing George Chambers 2006-04-11
Getting Played Actor 2005-12-10
飞鹰 Morris 2004-01-15
UnConventional Himself 2004-10-01
Justice Tre 2003-05-08
Trois 2: Pandora's Box Hampton Hines 2002-08-09
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros Spawn (archive footage) 2001-12-23
Exit Wounds Lewis Strutt 2001-03-13
Freedom Song Coleman Vaughnes 2000-02-27
Thick as Thieves Pointy 1999-01-28
Mutiny Ben Cooper 1999-01-01
Breakfast of Champions Howell 1999-02-13
Universal Soldier: The Return SETH 1999-08-05
Ringmaster Demond 1998-11-25
City of Industry Odell Williams 1997-03-14
Spawn Al Simmons / Spawn 1997-07-31
The Making of 'Spawn' Himself 1997-07-15
2 Days in the Valley Buck 1996-09-11
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story Elroy 1996-04-14
Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal Carpenter 1996-06-20
Tyson Mike Tyson 1995-04-29
Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike Silvio 1995-02-28
Ballistic Quint 1995-02-28
On Deadly Ground Oil Worker (uncredited) 1994-02-18
Full Contact Low-Ball 1993-05-04
Universal Soldier Soldier 1992-07-10
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Audience Man 1991-03-22
True Identity 1991-08-23
The Toxic Avenger Part II Apocalypse Inc. Executive 1989-02-24
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie Apocalypse, Inc. Executive 1989-11-24
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Jax
The Outlaw Johnny Black Outlaw Johnny Black