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Michael Jai White

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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Born:
Nov 10, 1967 In Brooklyn, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
38
First Appeared:
In the movie Mutiny 1999-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie S.W.A.T.: Under Siege 2017-08-01
Known For
Filmography
Movie S.W.A.T.: Under Siege 2017-08-01
Movie The Asian Connection Greedy Greg 2016-05-13
Movie The Crooked Man Milo 2016-10-01
Movie Never Back Down: No Surrender Case Walker 2016-06-07
Movie Vigilante Diaries Barrington 2016-09-01
Movie Chain of Command James Webster 2015-08-30
Movie Chocolate City 2015-05-22
Movie Skin Trade Reed 2014-11-07
Movie Falcon Rising John 'Falcon' Chapman 2014-09-05
Movie Android Cop Hammond 2014-02-04
Movie Generation Iron Himself 2013-09-20
tv Black Dynamite Black Dynamite 2012-07-15
Movie The Philly Kid Arthur Letts 2012-05-11
Movie Freaky Deaky Donnell Lewis 2012-04-22
tv Arrow Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger 2012-10-10
tv For Better or Worse Marcus Williams 2011-11-25
Movie Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown Case 2011-09-13
Movie Tactical Force Hunt 2011-08-09
tv Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2011-04-12
Movie Why Did I Get Married Too? Marcus 2010-04-02
Movie One Angry Juror Derrick 2010-11-15
Movie Mortal Kombat: Rebirth Jackson Briggs 2010-06-08
Movie Blood and Bone Isaiah Bone 2009-02-07
Movie Black Dynamite Black Dynamite 2009-10-16
Movie The Dark Knight Gambol 2008-07-16
Movie The Legend of Bruce Lee Harrisson (Mohamed Ali) 2008-04-01
Movie Why Did I Get Married? Marcus 2007-10-12
Movie Undisputed II: Last Man Standing George Chambers 2006-04-11
Movie Getting Played Actor 2005-12-10
Movie Silver Hawk Morris 2004-01-15
Movie Trois 2: Pandora's Box 2004-12-28
Movie UnConventional Himself 2004-10-01
Movie Exit Wounds Lewis Strutt 2001-03-13
Movie Freedom Song 2000-02-27
Movie Universal Soldier: The Return SETH 1999-08-05
Movie Thick as Thieves Pointy 1999-04-09
Movie Breakfast of Champions Howell 1999-02-13
Movie Mutiny 1999-01-01