Mike White

Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
Having emerged from the television world to find success in feature comedies, screenwriter-actor Mike White quickly became in-demand for his scripts that often featured central characters as alienated outsiders ... Read more »
Born: 06/27/1970 in Pasadena, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Ride 2015 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

The D Train 2015 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Enlightened 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

The Amazing Race 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smother 2008 (Movie)

Myron Stubbs (Actor)

Pushing Daisies 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heckler 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

2004 IFP/Independent Spirit Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

Ned Schneedbly (Actor)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

Mr Burke (Actor)

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

Corny (Actor)

Chuck and Buck 2000 (Movie)

Buck O'Brien (Actor)

Star Maps 1997 (Movie)

Carmel County Writer (Actor)
Producer (10)

The D Train 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Cracking Up 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Dawson's Creek 1997 - 2000, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Producer

Freaks and Geeks 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Supervising Producer

Magic, Magic 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gentlemen Broncos 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pasadena 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

School of Rock 2: America Rocks (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (9)

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Earth to America! 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Writer

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Orange County 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Good Girl 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Chuck and Buck 2000 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Man on Campus 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Santa Wars (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Music (7)

Horrible Bosses 2 2014 (Movie)

Drums (Music)

Antiviral 2013 (Movie)

Modular Synthesizer Programmer/Trumpet (Soloist)

Parker 2013 (Movie)

Electric Trumpet (Trumpet)

The Best Man Holiday 2013 (Movie)

Featured Musician (Music)

Frankie and Alice 2010 (Movie)

Trumpet/Synth Programmer (Music)

Nacho Libre 2006 (Movie)

("Encarnacion") (Song)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("Fight") (Song)
Director (1)

Year of the Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Having emerged from the television world to find success in feature comedies, screenwriter-actor Mike White quickly became in-demand for his scripts that often featured central characters as alienated outsiders, weirdoes and general malcontents who were nonetheless engaging, human and above all hilarious. White broke into the business as a staff writer on the hit teen drama, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003) before entering the feature game as the writer of the mediocre black comedy, "Dead Man on Campus" (1998) and serving as a writer-producer on the cult television series, "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC/Fox Family, 1999-2000). White had his first major breakthrough with the oddball black comedy "Chuck & Buck" (2000), which also featured the writer in the latter title role. Realizing features were his chosen medium, he penned the lighthearted teen comedy, "Orange County" (2002), while reuniting with longtime collaborator, director Miguel Arteta, for the acclaimed indie dramedy, "The Good Girl" (2002), starring Jennifer Aniston. But perhaps his biggest feature success came with "School of Rock" (2003), a Jack Black comedy about a musician moonlighting as a grade school teacher. White, who also co-starred in the film, had written the project specifically for his larger-than-life friend and the results were remarkable, both critically and at the box office. While enjoying the occasional appearance onscreen in small, but memorable roles, and making his directorial debut with "Year of the Dog" (2007), there was no doubt that White was one of the most diverse and prolific talents working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Mel White

Father
Fundamentalist Christian former ghostwriter for Jerry Fallwell came out as gay to his family when his son was 12, but he was closeted until his children graduated from college divorced from White's mother now runs Soul Force, a gay Christian ministry in Dallas lives with partner Gary Nixon

EDUCATION

Wesleyan University

Middletown , Connecticut

Milestones

2011

Wrote, produced, directed and acted on the HBO series "Enlightened"

2009

Competed with his 70-year-old father Mel White on the reality series "The Amazing Race" (CBS)

2007

Made directorial debut with the dramedy "Year of the Dog," starring Molly Shannon as a dog lover whose world is rocked when her beloved pet/best friend meets with an early demise; also penned, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Be

2006

Co-wrote with director Jared Hess, the comedy "Nacho Libre" starring Jack Black as a monk who moonlights as a Mexican wrestler

2003

Created the short-lived Fox comedy "Cracking Up" starring Molly Shannon

2003

Penned the Jack Black comedy "School of Rock"; also co-starred as Black’s roommate

2002

Wrote the indie drama "The Good Girl," which once aging teamed him with director Miguel Arteta; also featured as a security guard

2002

Penned the screenplay for the lighthearted teen comedy "Orange County"

2001

Wrote and produced the edgy but short-lived prime-time soap "Pasadena" (Fox)

2000

Breakthrough feature as both actor and screenwriter with the edgy independent comedy-drama "Chuck & Buck," directed by Miguel Arteta

1999

Served as both producer and occasional writer for the critically lauded "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC)

1998

Received first screenplay credit for the offbeat teen comedy "Dead Man on Campus"

1998

Hired as a writer and producer for The WB's teen drama series "Dawson's Creek"

1997

Feature debut in Miguel Arteta's indie comedy "Star Maps"

Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a writer

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