Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

American actor
Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor, director and martial artist. He was the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, starring as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and starred as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy and the Cyborg Seth in Universal Soldier: The Return. He portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television film Tyson. He also played the title role in the blaxploitation parody film Black Dynamite, as well as the animated series of the same name.

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Michael Jai White was born on Friday, 10 November 1967 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. His full name at birth was Michael Richard Jai White. He is best known as an actor. White's country of citizenship (nationality) is American. Michael attended high school at Central High School, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. For university, he studied at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is 6' 1" (185 cm) tall and weighs 207 lbs (94 kg) with a bodybuilder build. He has dark brown eyes and dark brown hair (color). His net worth is reported to be $3,500,000 US dollars. Michael Jai White is 56 years old and his zodiac star sign is Scorpio.

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Full name at birth
Michael Richard Jai White
Claim to fame
his roles as Black Dynamite in the 2009 blaxploitation action comedy film Black Dynamite, as well as the Adult Swim adult animated blaxploitation comedy series of the same name, CIA Agent Al Simmons/Spawn in the 1997 superhero film Spawn, Marcus Williams in the TBS/Oprah Winfrey Network sitcom Tyler Perry‘s For Better or Worse, Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger in the CW superhero action-adventure series Arrow, Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television biographical sports drama Tyson, Dr. Derrick Hatcher in the ABC medical drama series Wonderland, Marcus Williams in the comedy-drama films Why Did I Get Married? (2007) and Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs in the YouTube action/martial arts web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy, Cyborg Seth in the 1999 science fiction action film Universal Soldier: The Return, Ellis Hayes in the CBS drama series Clubhouse, John "Falcon" Chapman in the 2014 action-adventure film Falcon Rising, Orlando Hudson in the 2018 crime-mystery film Making a Killing, and Sparks in the 2021 action thriller film Rogue Hostage
Date of birth
10 November 1967
Place of birth
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor, Martial Artist
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6' 1" (185 cm)
207 lbs (94 kg)
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Distinctive feature
  • Muscular and imposing body
  • Trademark goatee
  • Deep menacing voice
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  • Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Los Angeles, California, USA
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Net worth
$3,500,000 USD
High school
Central High School, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
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Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
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Talent agency
  • Baumgarten Management and Productions
  • Zero Gravity Management
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Partner: Gillian White (Married)
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  • In August 2021, Michael revealed that his oldest son had passed away due to COVID-19 at the age of 38.
  • He has often trained with famous action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Apart from English, he can speak Japanese and Mandarin with some proficiency.
  • In 2015, he was honored with an induction into the International Sports Hall of Fame.
  • At the age of 15, he was shot twice with one bullet piercing his hip and the other his arm. This incident proved to be a wake-up call, and he started to focus more on studies and sports.

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