As an accomplished martial artist, Michael Jai White not only limited his career in the rings but also explored the film industry and became one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. To his right as a martial artist, he holds black belts in seven different styles.
Jai started his craft at the age of seven, starting with Shotokan. Later he became a professional in Taekwondo, Kobudo, Goju-Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, and Kyokushin. It is especially worth mentioning that he studied Kyokushin with a mixture of different martial arts forms as his main subject.
As an actor, he can look back on numerous movies and TV series. Michael holds the record as the first black man to act as a big comic superhero in a big movie. 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? and Why Did I Get Married Too? Jai was also cast as the iconic boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO television movie Tyson in 1995.
Michael Jai White Bio
The actor was born on 10 November 1967 in Brooklyn, New York. However, as a teenager, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and attended Central High School in 1985. White worked as a teacher before focusing on his career in the film industry.
Like his martial arts career, White’s foray into the film industry was a great success. His big break came with his debut as the main character in the 1995 HBO blockbuster Tyson, portraying famous heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. Another leading role was played by Jai in Spawn (1997) as the title character. This role earned him the feat of becoming the first African American to portray a great comic superhero in a major motion picture and to be nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer. He concluded the 1990s with an appearance in Universal Soldier: The Return at the side of Belgian actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Michael transferred his success to the 2000s with more prominent roles in highly profitable films. Exit Wounds came in 2001 with Steven Seagal. He also appeared in the music video for Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey’s I Know What You Want.
Also in the early 2000s, White took on narration roles in Static Shock and the Justice League. He also used his martial arts skills in the movie Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and many more. 2007 brought good news for the actor with the film Why Did I Get Married? The following year he starred in The Dark Knight and portrayed Gambol. In 2009, the actor also took on leading roles, including the role he wrote for Blood and Bone and Black Dynamite.
In May 2010, Michael Jai White again shot music videos and appeared in Toni Braxton’s Hands Tied and in Nicki Minaj’s Your Love, where he played the love interest of the rapper. In 2011 he made his debut as a director in Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown. The actor received the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo on HBO.
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 brought 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 took another step in the marriage in early 2014 when he announced his engagement. He then married actress Gillian Iliana Waters in July 2015 at a lavish ceremony in Thailand. They live happily together.
His Net Worth
Michael Jai White, who has starred in numerous high-profile blockbusters in the past and has risen to even greater heights in his recent film and television series, has accumulated an impressive net worth of $3.5 million. Thanks to his martial arts skills, he keeps his fans on tenterhooks every time he performs.
Height and Weight
With an impressive height of 185 cm (6 feet 1 inch) and a weight of 94 kg (207 pounds), Michael Jai White will certainly leave an impression everywhere. His other body measurements – chest: 51″ (129.5 cm), biceps: 18″ (46 cm), and waist: 36″ (91.5 cm) – also, make the ladies drool when he walks without a shirt.