Michael Jai White

Actor, Martial artist, School teacher
Brooklyn-born Michael Jai White survived his rough urban upbringing and entered the entertainment industry on the strength of his martial arts credentials, backing fellow black belt Steven Seagal in a soup commercial ... Read more »
Born: 11/10/1967 in Brooklyn, New York, USA


Actor (42)

Black Dynamite 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2001, 2011 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)


Chocolate City 2015 (Movie)

Princeton (Actor)

Metal Hurlant Chronicles 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)


Playmakers of New Orleans 2015 (Movie)


Real Husbands of Hollywood 2015 (Tv Show)


Skin Trade 2015 (Movie)

Reed (Actor)

Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse 2011 - 2015 (TV Show)


Blood and Bone 2014 (Movie)

Isaiah Bone (Actor)

Chain Of Command 2014 (Movie)

James Webster (Actor)

Falcon Rising 2014 (Movie)

John 'Falcon' Chapman (Actor)

Getting Played 2014 (Movie)


Tactical Force 2014 (Movie)


The Philly Kid 2012 (Movie)


We the Party 2012 (Movie)


Freaky Deaky 2011 (Movie)


One Angry Juror 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)


Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? 2010 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Black Dynamite (Actor)

The Dark Knight 2008 (Movie)

Gambol (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? 2007 (Movie)

Marcus (Actor)

Undisputed 2 2007 (Movie)

George "Iceman" Chambers (Actor)

Silver Hawk 2004 (Movie)


Pandora's Box (Rainforest Films) 2002 (Movie)

Hampton Hines (Actor)

Boston Public 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

Strutt (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)


Wonderland 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Breakfast of Champions 1999 (Movie)

Howell (Actor)

Universal Soldier: the Return 1999 (Movie)

S E T H (Actor)

Ringmaster 1998 (Movie)

Demond (Actor)

City of Industry 1997 (Movie)

Odell (Actor)

Spawn 1997 (Movie)

Al Simmons--Spawn (Actor)

2 Days in the Valley 1996 (Movie)

Buck (Actor)

JAG 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)


Tyson 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Living Single 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)


Martin 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)


Universal Soldier 1992 (Movie)

Soldier (Actor)

Freedom Song (TV Show)


Mutiny (TV Show)


Thick As Thieves (TV Show)

Writer (2)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

(Story By)

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Director (1)

Never Back Down 2 2014 (Movie)



Brooklyn-born Michael Jai White survived his rough urban upbringing and entered the entertainment industry on the strength of his martial arts credentials, backing fellow black belt Steven Seagal in a soup commercial for Japanese television, making his feature debut as Alley Guy 1 in "True Identity" (1991, billed as Michael White) and playing a bit part in Roland Emmerich's "Universal Soldier" (1992), starring another martial arts maestro, Jean-Claude Van Damme. He appeared in straight-to-video fare like "Ring of Fire" (also 1992), "Full Contact" (1993) and "Lion Strike" (1994), as well as on episodes of "Living Single", "Martin" (both Fox) and ABC's "NYPD Blue", before coming to prominence as the eponymous star of the critically-lauded HBO special, "Tyson" (1995), cutting an imposing figure as boxing's former Heavyweight Champ. White, who had Tyson's mannerism's down cold, used his karate background to sell the boxing scenes while delving deep into Iron Mike's tortured psyche to deliver a top-quality acting performance that complemented his impressive athleticism.



Was series regular on the ABC drama "Wonderland"


Reteamed with Van Damme for "Universal Soldier: The Return", this time in the significant role of SETH


Offered a standout turn as Pointy, a local gangster who considers himself a Renaissance man, in "Thick as Thieves", a noirish crime movie boasting idiosyncratic humor and deftly drawn characterizations, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival


Starred as Ben Cooper in "Mutiny", an NBC movie based on the landmark case that forced the military to fully integrate blacks into its ranks; Morgan Freeman served as an executive producer


Played Demond, a man with a "stick-it-anywhere" policy, in "Ringmaster", starring Jerry Springer


First feature starring role, "Spawn"


Played Elroi in Bruce Pittman's "Captive Heart: The James Mink Story", a CBS movie


Appeared in John Herzfeld's feature "2 Days in the Valley"


Starred as Mike Tyson in HBO's "Tyson", directed by Uli Edel


Portrayed Lieutenant Fancy's hot-headed brother Reggie in two episodes of ABC's "NYPD Blue"


Made TV debut with guest appearances on episodes of Fox series "Living Single" and "Martin", both airing on the same date (February 20)


Appeared in straight-to-video sequel, "Lion Strike/Ring of Fire 3: Lion Strike"


Acted in straight-to-video martial arts feature "Full Contact"


Appeared as a Soldier in Roland Emmerich's "Universal Soldier", starring fellow martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme


Feature debut as Alley Guy 1 in "True Identity", billed as Michael White; also appeared in that year's straight-to-video martial arts pic "Ring of Fire"

Taught emotionally disturbed children for three years

Hired by fellow martial-arts maestro Steven Seagal to work on a soup commercial for Japanese television

Bonus Trivia


White has six black belts and has won over 20 martial arts titles.