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Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

Quick Facts

Date of Birth November 10, 1967 (age 46)
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Working for Movies, TV Shows
Ethnicity Black
Marital Status Married
Spouse Courtenay Chatman (ex-wife)
Married on 2005
Children(s) Jai Jordan White, Morgan Michelle White
Net Worth(s) $3.5 million dollars
Name on Birth Michael Jai White
Divorce Yes
Height 1.83 m
Weight 90 pounds, or 86 kg
Religion N/A
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Twitter @MichaelJaiWhite

American actor and martial artist Michael Jai White was born on November 10, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He 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, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin. White started training in the martial arts at the age of eight. White is a former teacher too.

White got his first major starring role and breakout performance in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, as heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. He worked 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 led him to a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer. White starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return. He also starred opposite fellow martial artist Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds in 2001. He starred in Busta Rhymes' and Mariah Carey's music video "I Know What You Want" in 2003. In addition to his on screen roles, White has been doing voice work since 2003, including Static Shock and the Justice League. White has showcased his martial arts skills in the film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. He also appeared 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?” debuted 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 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.

In May 2010, 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 web series 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 September 13, 2011. White also provided the voice of The Green Lantern John Stewart in the video game Justice League Heroes.

Talking about his marriage and relationship life, White married his girlfriend of two years, Courtney Chatman, in August 2005. The couple has a daughter named Morgan Michelle White, who was born on December 24, 2008. They got a divorce in 2011. Michael has a son named Jai Jordan White (b. 1995) from a previous relationship with Claudia Jordan.

A citizen of the USA and of black ethnicity, he stands tall at a height of six feet. His pictures can be found elsewhere in various sites and he has a husky and attractive voice. Michael Jai White has an estimated net worth of 3.5 million dollars. He has a bright future and a promising career ahead of him.

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