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Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

Michael J. White's first major starring role and breakout performance came in the 1995 HBO film TYSON as Iron Mike. He later starred in the 1997 movie SPAWN, for which he was nominated for Best Male Newcomer for the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards. White also starred opposite Jean Claude Van Damme in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: THE RETURN. In 2001, he starred opposite fellow martial artist Steven Segal in EXIT WOUNDS and in 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes' and Mariah Carey's music video I Know What You Want. Among his other film credits include THE TOXIC AVENGER PART II and TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II: THE SECRET OF THE OOZE. He has just completed a role in the new BATMAN, and Oct. 15th he begins shooting BLOOD AND BONE, as the title character (Bone) and he is producing. Also, he segues after that into BLACK DYNAMITE (Nov. 26th), he is the star and title character and co-wrote the screenplay and also is producing.

In addition to his on-screen roles, White's voice-over work includes the hit shows: Static Shock, Justice League, and the upcoming Spawn series. He also has a recurring role in Tyler's series House of Payne.

An accomplished martial artist, White holds seven legitimate black belts in Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushi. He has a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms), and also showcases his martial arts skills in the direct-to-DVD film UNDISPUTED II: LAST MAN STANDING. White began martial arts training at the age of 7.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Michael Jai White Facts

BirthdayNovember 10, 1967 (55)
BirthplaceBrooklyn, New York, USA
Height5' 11½" (1m82)  How tall is Michael Jai White compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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