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Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

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    • November 10th, 1967
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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Filmography

Acting (54 Credits)

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2021Black Friday! as Archie
2021Rogue Hostage as Sparks
2021Batman: Soul of the Dragon as Ben Turner / Bronze Tiger (voice)
2020Welcome to Sudden Death as Jesse Freeman
2019The Hard Way as Payne
2019Undercover Brother 2 as Undercover Brother / Narrator
2019Triple Threat as Devereaux
2018Dragged Across Concrete as 'Biscuit'Watch Free
2018Accident Man as MickWatch Free
2017Cops and RobbersWatch Free
2017S.W.A.T.: Under Siege as ScorpionWatch Free
2016The Crooked Man as Milo
2016Vigilante Diaries as Barrington
2016Never Back Down: No Surrender as Case WalkerWatch Free
2016The Asian Connection as Greedy Greg
2015Chain of Command as James WebsterWatch Free
2015Chocolate City as Princeton
2014Android Cop as Hammond
2014Falcon Rising as John 'Falcon' ChapmanWatch Free
2014Skin Trade as Reed
2012Freaky Deaky as Donnell Lewis
2012The Philly Kid as Arthur Letts
2011Never Back Down 2: the Beatdown as Case
2011Tactical Force as Hunt
2011Black Dynamite as Black Dynamite
2011Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse as Marcus Williams
2010Mortal Kombat: Rebirth as Jackson Briggs
2010Why Did I Get Married Too? as Marcus
2009Blood and Bone as Isaiah BoneWatch Free
2009Black Dynamite as Black Dynamite
2009The Legend of Bruce Lee as AliWatch Free
2008The Dark Knight as Gambol
2008The Legend of Bruce Lee as Ali
2007Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? as Marcus
2006Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing as George Chambers
2006Getting Played as Actor
2004Silver Hawk as Morris
2002Pandora's Box as Hampton Hines
2001Exit Wounds as Lewis Strutt
2000Freedom Song
1999Thick as Thieves as Pointy
1999Universal Soldier: The Return as SETH
1999Breakfast of Champions as Howell
1998Ringmaster as DemondWatch Free
1997Spawn as Al Simmons / Spawn
1997City of Industry as Odell Williams
19962 Days in the Valley as Buck
1995Tyson as Mike Tyson
1994On Deadly Ground as Oil Worker (uncredited)
1992Universal Soldier as Soldier
1991True Identity
1991Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze as Audience Man
1989The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie as Apocalypse, Inc. Executive
1989The Toxic Avenger Part II as Apocalypse Inc. Executive

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