An accomplished martial artist, Michael Jai White didn’t restrict his career in the rings but also explored the movie industry and has become one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. In his right as a martial artist, he holds black belts in seven different styles.
Jai started out in the craft as early as when he was just seven, beginning with Shōtōkan. Subsequently, he became a professional in Taekwondo, Kobudō, Gōjū-ryū, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin. Notably, he majored in Kyokushin with a mix of different martial arts forms.
As an actor, he has numerous films and television series to his credit. Michael holds the record as the first black person to star as a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. This has to do with his portrayal of Al Simmons, in the film Spawn (1997). He is also known for his appearance in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? as well as Why Did I Get Married Too?. In addition to that, Jai was cast as the iconic boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO television movie Tyson in 1995.
Michael Jai White Bio
The actor was born on November 10, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. He, however, moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut as a teen and attended Central High School in 1985. White worked as a teacher before focusing on his career in the movie industry.
Just like his martial arts career, White’s venture into the movie industry has been a huge success. His big break came in his debut as a major character in the 1995 HBO blockbuster titled Tyson. He portrayed the renowned heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson. Jai took up another major role in Spawn (1997) as the titular character. The role earned him the feat as the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture in addition to a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer. He wrapped up the 1990s with an appearance in the Universal Soldier: The Return alongside Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Michael rolled over his success to the 2000s with more prominent roles in high-grossing movies. Exit Wounds came in 2001 with Steven Seagal. He also made an appearance in the music video for Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey’s I Know What You Want.
Also in the early 2000s, White took up voice roles in Static Shock and the Justice League. He also put his martial arts skills to good use in the film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and a lot more like that. 2007 brought good tidings for the actor via the film Why Did I Get Married? The next year, he starred in The Dark Knight, portraying Gambol. In 2009, the actor equally picked up starring roles including the one for Blood and Bone and Black Dynamite which he wrote.
In May 2010, Michael Jai White took to music videos once again, appearing in Toni Braxton’s Hands Tied as well as Nicki Minaj‘s Your Love where he played the rapper’s love interest. 2011 saw him make his debut as a director in Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown. The actor has been honored with the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO.
His Net Worth
Having starred in numerous top-grossing blockbusters in the past and still pushing to greater heights in his recent film and television series stints, Michael Jai White has accumulated an impressive net worth of $3.5 million. Thanks to his skills in martial arts, he keeps his fans hooked each time he makes an appearance.
Michael Jai White’s Wife, Kids, and Brother
To the best of our knowledge, White has no siblings. The actor has dated many women in the past but has only taken two to the altar. He married Courtney Chatham in 2005 and had a daughter named Morgan with her but their marriage ended in 2011. He also has two sons from his previous relationships.
Michael Jai White made another move at marriage early in 2014 when he announced his engagement. Subsequently, he married actress Gillian Iliana Waters in July 2015 in a lavish ceremony in Thailand. They are living happily together.
Height and Weight
With an impressive height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) and weighing 207 pounds (94 kg), Michael Jai White is sure to leave an impression wherever he goes. His other body measurements – chest: 51″ (129.5 cm), biceps: 18″ (46 cm) and waist: 36″ (91.5 cm) also leaves the ladies drooling when he goes shirtless.