Michael Jai White Biography

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Facts of Michael Jai White
Date of Birth: 1967 , November-10
Age: 51 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 1 Inch
Name Michael Jai White
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Brooklyn, New York
Ethnicity African-American
Profession Actor
Net Worth $3.5 million
Eye Color Back
Hair Color Dark brown
Face Color Black
Education Central High School and then to the University of Connecticut
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Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Michael Jai White is the first black man to get featured in a superhero film, Spawn. He is best known for his acting in movies like Why Did I Get Married?, For Better or Worse, Why Did I Get Married Too?.

White married actress Gillian Iliana Waters in July 2015. He fathers three children, two daughters and a son from his first marriage.

Early Life And Education Of Michael Jai White 

Michael Jai White was born on November 10, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. He is American and belongs to African-American ethnicity. He was in his teens when he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1985, he graduated from Central High School.

White is trained martial artist. He started training at the age of 7 and knows seven different styles including  Shotokan, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin. 

He attended Yale University from where he gained his degree in acting. Then he joined Brown University and H.B. Studio. He also served as a history teacher and taught emotionally disturbed children. White fluently speaks Japenese and Mandarin.

Michael Jai White's Career

Michael Jai White started his acting career in 1989  with a minor role in The Toxic Avenger Part II. In 1995, he got his major breakthrough with HBO film, Tyson where he played the role of a heavyweight boxer, Mike Tyson

White is the first African-American to play a role of a superhero in 1997 film, Spawn. The movie was commercially successful and received critical acclamation from audiences and critics.  He earned a nomination for  Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer.

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Then he appeared in several movies like Universal Soldier: The Return, Exit Wounds, Undisputed II: Last Man Standing, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Why Did I Get Married? , The Dark Knight, Why Did I Get Married Too, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, and Mortal Kombat: Legacy among others.

White also lent his voice to video games like Static Shock, Justice League, Justice League heroes. In 2013, he made his directorial debut with Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown.

Michael Jai White Net Worth

Michael Jai White is one of the successful African-American actors and through his acting career has earned an estimated net worth of $3.5 million. He earned $300,000 to $700,000 per movie.

He has worked on many hit movies including,

Movie Budget (US Dollar) Budget (US Dollar) IMDb rating Starring
Spawn $40 million $87.8 million 5.2 star John LeguizamoMartin Sheen, Theresa May, Randle
Nicol Williamson, D. B. Sweeney
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing $8 million $11 million 7.1 star Ben Cross, Eli Danker, Mark Ivanir, Ken Lerner
Exit Wounds $33 million $79 million 5.5 star Steven Seagal, DMX
The Dark Knight $185 million $1.005 billion 9 star Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart
Why Did I Get Married Too? $20 million $60 million 4.5 star Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Tasha Smith, Jill Scott, Louis Gossett, Jr., Malik Yoba

Michael Jai White's Personal Life

Michael Jai White is a married man, he tied the knot with actress Gillian Iliana Waters on July 2015. Their wedding was an intimate but lavishing ceremony which was held in Thailand.  The couple has no children.

CAPTION: Michael Jai White and her wife, Gillian Iliana Waters SOURCE: www.blackbride.com

Before Waters, White married Gynecologist Courtenay Chatman. The duo exchanged vows after two years of dating on August 6, 2005. The couple welcomed their first child, Morgan Michelle White in December 2008. However, the couple divorced in 2010.

CAPTION: Michael Jai White and his ex-wife Courtenay Chatman SOURCE: http://www.zimbio.com

The reason behind their split was White's infidelity. He had an extra-marital affair with former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Claudia Jordan for three years.

He also fathers two sons from his previous relationship. One of his son's name is Jai Jordan White.

In April 2015, White posted an emotional open letter on his Facebook entitled, Apologies to My Ex's and asked to forgive him. He also mentioned his now wife, Gillian Iliana Waters playing a vital role in his transition. 

White won the Fists of Legends Decade Award in 2014 at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO. After a year, he was inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame. 

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