Michael Jai White

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2016

The Crooked Man

Milo2016-10-01
2016

Vigilante Diaries

Barrington2016-09-01
2016

The Fighters 3: No Surrender

2016-06-17
2016
Never Back Down: No Surrender
Case Walker2016-06-07
2016
The Asian Connection
Greedy Greg2016-05-13
2015

Chain of Command

James Webster2015-08-30
2015

Chocolate City

2015-05-22
2014

Skin Trade

Reed2014-11-07
2014
Falcon Rising
John 'Falcon' Chapman2014-09-05
2014
Android Cop
Hammond2014-02-04
2013
Generation Iron
Himself2013-09-20
2012
Somebody's Child
Douglas2012-08-11
2012
The Philly Kid
Arthur Letts2012-05-11
2012
Freaky Deaky
Donnell Lewis2012-04-22
2011
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown
Case2011-09-13
2011
Tactical Force
Hunt2011-08-09
2010
One Angry Juror
Derrick2010-11-15
2010
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth
Jackson Briggs2010-06-08
2010
Why Did I Get Married Too?
Marcus2010-04-02
2009
Black Dynamite
Black Dynamite2009-10-16
2009
Blood and Bone
Isaiah Bone2009-02-07
2008
The Dark Knight
Gambol2008-07-16
2008
The Legend of Bruce Lee
Harrisson (Mohamed Ali)2008-04-01
2007
Why Did I Get Married?
Marcus2007-10-12
2006
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing
George Chambers2006-04-11
2005
Getting Played
Actor2005-12-10
2004
Trois 2: Pandora's Box
2004-12-28
2004
UnConventional
Himself2004-10-01
2004
Silver Hawk
Morris2004-01-15
2003
Justice
Tre2003-05-08
2001
Exit Wounds
Lewis Strutt2001-03-13
2000
Freedom Song
2000-02-27
1999
Universal Soldier: The Return
SETH1999-08-05
1999
Thick as Thieves
Pointy1999-04-09
1999
Breakfast of Champions
Howell1999-02-13
1999
Mutiny
1999-01-01
1998
Ringmaster
Demond1998-11-25
1997
Spawn
Al Simmons1997-07-31
1997
City of Industry
Odell Williams1997-03-14
1996
Shaughnessy
Carpenter1996-06-20
1996
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story
Elroy1996-04-14
1995
Tyson
Mike Tyson1995-04-29
1995
Ballistic
Quint1995-02-28
1993
Full Contact
Low-Ball1993-05-04
1991
Ring of Fire
1991-12-18
1991
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Audience Man1991-03-22
1989
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
Apocalypse, Inc. Executive1989-11-24
1989
The Toxic Avenger Part II
Apocalypse Inc. Executive1989-02-24