Michael Jai White

Biography

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is 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.

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is 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.

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Known Credits 47

Birthday 1967-11-10

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Vigilante Diaries as Barrington
2016 The Fighters 3: No Surrender
2016 Never Back Down: No Surrender as Case Walker
2016 The Asian Connection as Greedy Greg
2015 Chain of Command as James Webster
2015 Chocolate City
2014 Skin Trade as Reed
2014 Falcon Rising as John 'Falcon' Chapman
2014 Android Cop as Hammond
2013 Generation Iron as Himself
2012 Arrow(3 episodes) as Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger
2012 Somebody's Child as Douglas
2012 The Philly Kid as Arthur Letts
2012 The Philly Kid as Tina
2012 Freaky Deaky as Donnell Lewis
2011 Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse(132 episodes) as Marcus Williams
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown as Case
2011 Tactical Force as Hunt
2010 One Angry Juror as Derrick
2010 Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Jackson Briggs
2010 Why Did I Get Married Too? as Marcus
2009 Black Dynamite as Black Dynamite
2009 Blood and Bone as Isaiah Bone
2008 The Dark Knight as Gambol
2008 The Legend of Bruce Lee as Harrisson (Mohamed Ali)
2007 Why Did I Get Married? as Marcus
2006 Undisputed II: Last Man Standing as George Chambers
2005 Getting Played as Actor
2004 Trois 2: Pandora's Box
2004 Clubhouse(1 episode) as Ellis Hayes
2004 Silver Hawk as Morris
2003 Justice as Tre
2001 Exit Wounds as Lewis Strutt
2000 Freedom Song
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return as SETH
1999 Thick as Thieves as Pointy
1999 Mutiny
1998 Ringmaster as Demond
1997 Spawn as Al Simmons
1997 City of Industry as Odell Williams
1996 Shaughnessy as Carpenter
1996 Captive Heart: The James Mink Story as Elroy
1995 Tyson as Mike Tyson
1993 Full Contact
1991 Ring of Fire
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as Audience Man
1989 The Toxic Avenger Part II as Apocalypse Inc. Executive

Directing

2016 The Fighters 3: No Surrender … Director
2016 Never Back Down: No Surrender … Director
2011 Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown … Director

Writing

2009 Black Dynamite … Screenplay

Creator

2012 Black Dynamite … Creator

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