"Michael Jai White"


Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and 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 appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry films Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, and currently stars as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. White also portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson.

White was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1985.

He is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in seven different styles: Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu (for which he studied under Master Eddie Morales where he learned to sharpen his Goju karate technique), Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started training in the martial arts at the age of seven with Shotokan moving to other styles later.

White is a former teacher. He cites his history in education as the reason why, despite his personal love for the music genre on "a lot of levels", he cannot "in good [conscience]" have a positive opinion on hip hop or "excuse some of [its] pervasive and destructive elements", due to his experience with youngsters who had difficulty seeing the difference between it and real life.



White's first major starring role and breakout performance was in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, as heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. He portrayed the eponymous character in the 1997 movie Spawn, making him the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. 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 and the Justice League. 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. He appeared in Kill Bill Vol. 2, although his role was cut from the theatrical release. 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.

On March 30, 2010, White appeared on The Mo'Nique Show to promote his film Why Did I Get Married Too. The two joked about the acclaim that comes with winning an Oscar. In May of that year he appeared in the music video for Toni Braxton's new song "Hands Tied" from her album Pulse, as well as the Nicki Minaj music video for "Your Love" as Nicki's sensei and love interest.

He also starred in Kevin Tancharoen's short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, as Jax Briggs, and reprised the role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a webseries from the same director. He recently posted on Twitter that he would not be returning to the role for the second season, but would return for the 2013 film.

White made his directorial debut and starred in Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown, which was released on home video on September 13, 2011.

White also provided the voice of Green Lantern John Stewart in the video game Justice League Heroes.

In August 2005, White married Courtney Chatman, an OB/GYN who trained in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The couple have a daughter named Morgan Michelle White born in December of 2008 and have since divorced. In February of 2014 via Las Vegas' Black Image Magazine, White announced his engagement to Actress Gillian Iliana Waters. Then in a more recent Facebook post, White once again expressed his love for Waters by affectionately calling her "The One". In addition to daughter Morgan, White also has a son named Jai Jordan White (b. 1995) from a previous relationship.



Film

The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Universal Soldier (1992)
Tyson (1995) (TV)
Ballistic (1995)
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996) (TV)
Spawn (1997)
Ringmaster (1998)
Mutiny (1999)
City of Industry (1998)
Thick as Thieves (1998)
Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
Freedom Song (2000) (TV)
Exit Wounds (2001)
Trois 2: Pandora's Box (2002)
Silver Hawk (2004) (International Martial Arts Film)
Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004 – Deleted Scene that can be seen in the Special Features)
Getting Played (2005)
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing (2006)
Why Did I Get Married (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Black Dynamite (2009)
Blood and Bone (2009)
Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010)[12]
Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011)
Tactical Force (2011)
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)
The Philly Kid (2012)
Android Cop (2014)
Falcon Rising (2014)
Skin Trade (2015)
The Echo Effect (2015)

Video clips
Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey featuring The Flipmode Squad – "I Know What You Want" (2003)
Nicki Minaj – "Your Love" (2010)
Toni Braxton – "Hands Tied" (2010)
Calvin Harris featuring Ne-Yo – "Let's Go" (2012)



Television
Saved by the Bell (TV Series) (1992) 1 Episode
Martin: "Arms Are for Huggin'" (1994) – extra
JAG (TV series) (1995) – (Marine Petty Officer Peter Quinn) – (Season 1, Episode 8) – (Brig Break)
Soul Food (TV series) (2001) 1 episode
CSI: Miami (TV series) (2003) – (Officer Roy Bailey) – (Season 2, Episode 3) – (Hard Time)
Justice League (voice:Doomsday) (Cartoon Series) (2003) - season 2
Justice League Unlimited (voice: Doomsday) (Cartoon Series) (2006) – season 2
Tyler Perry's House of Payne (TV series) (2008) 3 episodes
Spawn: The Animation (voice: Barabbas) (2009)
The Legend of Bruce Lee (2008) (TV series)
The Boondocks (TV series) (2010) – season 3, episode 5 – Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2011) – Tattooed Man
Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse (2011–present) – Marcus Williams
Black Dynamite (2012) – Black Dynamite
Aqua Something You Know Whatever (2012) – Zucotti Manicotti (uncredited)
Arrow (2013) – Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger

Web series
Mortal Kombat: Legacy, episodes 1 and 2 (2011)
Métal Hurlant Chronicles (2012)

As director
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

As writer
Black Dynamite (2009)
Three Bullets (2009)

As producer
PVC-1 (2007)
Blood and Bone (2009)
Three Bullets (2009)

Stunts
Prototype (1992)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Three Bullets (2009) as fight choreography

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/

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