Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1967-11-10 (53 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

77 Movies · 12 TV shows

Biography

Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and martial artist. He was one of the first African Americans 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 starred 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 and the Cyborg Seth in Universal Soldier: The Return. He portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the 1995 HBO television movie Tyson. He also played the title role in the blaxploitation parody film Black Dynamite, as well as the animated series of the same name.

Personal Life

From 2005 to 2011, White was married to Courtney Chatham and together they have a daughter named Morgan. In addition, White has two sons. In February 2014, White announced his engagement to actress Gillian Iliana Waters. In April 2015, White penned an open letter via Facebook entitled "Apologies to My Ex's", where he credited Waters for helping him become, "the very best version of myself." In July 2015, White married Waters in Thailand.In 2014, White was honored with the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO.On November 8, 2019, he assumed "The Mantle of The Black Dragon" from Ron van Clief, Don "The Dragon" Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, and Taimak, in a ceremony at the 2019 Urban Action Showcase & Expo at AMC 25, NYC.

Early Life

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 later graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT.White is a martial artist in eight different styles: Shōtōkan, Goju-Ryu (for which he studied under Master Eddie Morales where he learned to sharpen his Goju karate technique), Taekwondo, Kobudō, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin Karate (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started training in the martial arts at the age of seven in Jujutsu. He next took up Shōtōkan and moved on to other styles later.White is a former special education teacher and taught students with behavioral problems for three years. 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", mainly due to his experience with youngsters who had difficulty seeing the difference between it and real life.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

6 Movies
Batman: Soul of the Dragon

Batman: Soul of the Dragon

2021
Three of Bruce Wayne's former classmates, Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva, are helping him fight a deadly menace from his past.
Rogue Hostage

Rogue Hostage

1
2021
A former Marine is racing against time to save a group of hostages, including his daughter and a congressman.
Send It!

Send It!

2021
An extreme sportsman's life is forever changed when he leaves his Texas roots to compete in the world's most prestigious Kiteboarding Championship. He is challenged well beyond just kiting by a street...
Assault on VA-33

Assault on VA-33

8
2021
A decorated veteran is eating lunch. Terrorists took a hospital hostage after a patient was called away for an emergency consultation. As the last line of defense, he must battle the terrorists and hi...
BLACK FRIDAY!

BLACK FRIDAY!

2021
A group of employees are working in a toy store.
Take Back

Take Back

6
2021
Following the abduction of her daughter, Zara does all she can to get her back. When she learns that Patrick is after her, she realises that her troubled past will be used against her. The pair work t...

2020.

1 Movie
Welcome to Sudden Death

Welcome to Sudden Death

5.5
2020
A former special forces officer and explosives expert is working as a security guard in a state-of-the-art basketball arena. The team's owner and his daughter are kidnapped by a group of terrorists du...

2019.

7 Movies
Undercover Brother 2

Undercover Brother 2

2019
Sixteen years ago, Undercover Brother and his younger brother were hot on the heels of the leader of a racist, worldwide syndicate, but accidentally got caught in an avalanche of white snow. After the...
Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

Iron Fists and Kung Fu Kicks

2019
The Shaw Brothers paved the way for the boom of the kung fu film movement, which had a huge influence on the West.
Dragged Across Concrete

Dragged Across Concrete

7
2019
Two policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, are suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics becomes the media's cause. Low on cash and with no other options, these ...
The Hard Way

The Hard Way

1
2019
After learning of his brother's death during a mission in Romania, a former soldier joins two allies to hunt down a mysterious enemy and take his revenge.
In Search of the Last Action Heroes

In Search of the Last Action Heroes

2019
The retrospective is the most comprehensive of its kind.
Hidden Colors 5: The Art of Black Warfare

Hidden Colors 5: The Art of Black Warfare

2019
The history of warfare as it relates to global Black society, broken down into 7 chapters that examines the ways the system of racism wages warfare from a historical, psychological, sexual, biological...
Triple Threat

Triple Threat

6
2019
The daughter of a billionaire is the target of an elite assassin squad. A small band of mercenaries protects her, fighting tooth and nail to stop the assassins from reaching their target.

2018.

3 Movies
Making a Killing

Making a Killing

2018
In a modern day crime mystery that is based on a true story, three morticians get caught in a web of greed and deceit, involving buried treasure and a tangled love affair.
Accident Man

Accident Man

10
2018
Mike is the accident man. When a loved one is murdered by his own crew, Fallon is forced to avenge the one person who actually meant something to him.
Every Day Is Christmas

Every Day Is Christmas

2018
The money manager gets a holiday visit of a lifetime. When her past, present, and future collide, forcing her to risk the one thing money can't buy, she ends up embracing the spirit of Christmas.

2017.

2 Movies
Cops and Robbers

Cops and Robbers

2017
A police hostage negotiator plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a cornered bank robber who is hell bent on getting out of the bank and humiliating his brother, the police hostage negotiator, ...
S.W.A.T.: Under Siege

S.W.A.T.: Under Siege

6
2017
There is a D.E.A. They are S.W.A.T. The takedown ends in a gunfight. A mysterious prisoner is taken into custody by an agent. Before long, the S.W.A.T. The compound is under siege by assault teams try...

2016.

5 Movies
Never Back Down: No Surrender

Never Back Down: No Surrender

5.1
2016
Case Walker is on the comeback trail after the events of Never Back Down 2.
Chocolate City: Vegas Strip

Chocolate City: Vegas Strip

2016
Chocolate City's dancers came together to save their club. They travel to Las Vegas to enter a stripper competition.
The Asian Connection

The Asian Connection

6
2016
Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, accidentally steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang's vengeance.
The Crooked Man

The Crooked Man

2016
While at a slumber party, twelve-year-old Olivia is blamed for the horrific and mysterious death of her friend after singing a song, created by a reclusive mastermind, Milo, which summons a demonic fi...
Vigilante Diaries

Vigilante Diaries

2016
The Vigilante Diaries is a high octane action-adventure film featuring 90's movie heroes, explosive action, and international espionage. The film revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crim...

2015.

3 Movies
Chain of Command

Chain of Command

2015
After finding his brother murdered after returning from duty, Webster searches for the perpetrators, but discovers a conspiracy that cuts deep inside the U.S. The government.
Chocolate City

Chocolate City

7.5
2015
The life of a struggling college student suddenly changes when he meets the owner of a male strip club who convinces him to give amateur night a whirl.
The Real Miyagi

The Real Miyagi

2015
Fumio Demura was a karate master.

2014.

4 Movies · 1 TV show
Skin Trade

Skin Trade

6
2014
A Serbian mobster killed his family. A detective is going to the S.E. Asia and a Thai detective are destroying the human traffickers network.
Android Cop

Android Cop

2014
In the year 2045, a Los Angeles Police Department detective and his new partner enter the Zone, a forbidden section of the city plagued with an unknown disease. They try to stop the illness using adva...
TV
black-ish

black-ish

6.04
2014
A family man struggles to gain a sense of cultural identity while raising his kids in a predominantly white, upper-middle-class neighborhood.
Beyond the Game

Beyond the Game

2014
The plot is not known at this time.
Falcon Rising

Falcon Rising

4
2014
Chapman is an ex-marine in Brazil's slums, battling the yakuza outfit who attacked his sister and left her for dead.

2013.

2 Movies
Fedz

Fedz

2013
In London, just a few years from now, the government have enforced a curfew - no civilians on the streets after dark. A terrorist group have threatened to release a killer virus. Time is running out f...
Generation Iron

Generation Iron

2013
Generation Iron gives the audience front row access to the lives of the top 7 bodybuilders in the sport as they train to compete in the world's most premiere bodybuilding stage. The city has a name.

2012.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Arrow

Arrow

6.11
2012
Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead after his yacht is lost at sea. A changed man returns five years later with a plan to clean up the city.
Freaky Deaky

Freaky Deaky

1
2012
The two radicals had bomb-making skills.
The Philly Kid

The Philly Kid

5.78
2012
A former NCAA champion wrestler is out of prison. To save a friend's life, he must agree to lose in a series of cage fights.
TV
Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite

6.08
2012
The series is based on the film of the same name and follows a separate continuity with some references to the film. The pilot episode of the series was released on Adult Swim Video. Black Dynamite, B...
Somebody's Child

Somebody's Child

2012
A woman (Lynn Whitfield) dying of kidney disease learns that God works in mysterious ways after convincing her son (Michael Jai White) to help a repentant ex-con (Byron Minns) whose unexpected presenc...

2011.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
Tactical Force

Tactical Force

2011
A training exercise for the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT Team goes terribly wrong when they are trapped in an abandoned hangar with nothing but blanks and two rival gangs.
TV
Mortal Kombat: Legacy

Mortal Kombat: Legacy

4
2011
The background stories of several characters from the series are explained in the first season of the game, which is a sequel to the original game.
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown

4.94
2011
Four fighters from different background come together to train under an ex MMA rising star and then have to fight each other and a traitor in their midst.
TV
For Better or Worse

For Better or Worse

6
2011
Follow the ups-and-down of Marcus Williams, a former professional football player who has recently joined forces with Richard and Joseph Jetson on a new sports news program called "C-Sports Now."

2010.

3 Movies
One Angry Juror

One Angry Juror

2010
The movie is based on the true story of Sarah Walsh, a tough New Orleans attorney who serves on a murder trial jury and does some investigating of her own.
Why Did I Get Married Too?

Why Did I Get Married Too?

1
2010
Four couples are going on a vacation in order to spend time analyzing their marriages. Their week in the Bahamas is disrupted by the arrival of an ex- husband who is trying to win back his wife.
Mortal Kombat: Rebirth

Mortal Kombat: Rebirth

2010
The short film is directed by Kevin Tancharoen. It was a proof of concept for a movie franchise. Larnell Stovall choreographed the fight scene. Some of the classic characters from the movie include So...

2009.

3 Movies
The Legend of Bruce Lee

The Legend of Bruce Lee

2009
From Hong Kong to America, Bruce Lee was followed. The movie was made in China.
Black Dynamite

Black Dynamite

6
2009
This is the story of Black Dynamite. The man killed his brother and pumped heroin into local orphanages. The one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hal...
Blood and Bone

Blood and Bone

4.8
2009
In Los Angeles, an ex-con takes the underground fighting world by storm in his quest to fulfill a promise to a dead friend.

2008.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Batman: The Brave and the Bold

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

4.33
2008
Batman isn't going at it alone. The latest interpretation of the Batman franchise is animation. Our caped hero is teaming up with heroes from across the DC Universe to deliver nonstop action and adven...
TV
The Legend of Bruce Lee

The Legend of Bruce Lee

2008
The story of the legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee following him from Hong Kong to America and back again, leading up to his tragic death at the age of 32.
The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

6.18
2008
The stakes are raised in Batman's war on crime. With the help of Lt. Batman sets out to dismantle the criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they s...

2007.

1 Movie
Why Did I Get Married?

Why Did I Get Married?

2007
Maintaining a solid relationship in modern times is the subject of the film. Eight married college friends plus one other non-friend go to Colorado for their annual week-long reunion, but the mood cha...

2006.

1 Movie
Undisputed II: Last Man Standing

Undisputed II: Last Man Standing

5.33
2006
There is a sequel to the 2002 film. George "Iceman" Chambers was sent to a Russian jail on trumped-up drug charges. He must fight against the jailhouse champ in order to win his freedom. He is fightin...

2005.

1 Movie
Getting Played

Getting Played

2005
Three beautiful women (Electra, Dash, and Fox) who have had their share of men trouble enter into a game of fun in which they choose a random guy and film each other seducing him so as to use the foot...

2004.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Justice League Unlimited

Justice League Unlimited

2004
Warner Bros produced Justice League Unlimited. The animation was aired on the cartoon network. It is a sequel to the Justice League animated series and features a wide array of superheros from the DC ...
TV
Clubhouse

Clubhouse

2004
Pete Young takes a risk for the first time when he applies for and lands his dream job as a batboy for the New York Empires. His mother has no idea what he's doing. Betsy has always been in the doghou...
UnConventional

UnConventional

2004
Halloween 2003 marked the 13th anniversary of the Chiller Theatre Horror Movie Convention ... but there was nothing conventional about it. UnConventional is Revolution Earth's second feature-length do...
Silver Hawk

Silver Hawk

2004
As Silver Hawk, a superhero who fights injustice in skin-tight black leather, and as a rock star named Lulu Wong, who is a philanthropist by day and a super hero by night, there's a lot of similaritie...

2003.

1 Movie
Justice

Justice

2003
A comic strip writer in NYC who is still grieving over the death of a friend in 9/11 gets his publisher to agree to a limited run of "Justice", a comic book about an ordinary person who is a hero.

2002.

1 Movie
Trois 2: Pandora's Box

Trois 2: Pandora's Box

2002
While stuck in a dull marriage, successful shrink Mia DuBois follows a patient's advice and exposes her wild side at a private underground club, where she meets a handsome stranger and begins an affai...

2001.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Justice League

Justice League

6.09
2001
The rebirth of the greatest superhero team of all time: Batman, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern and Martian Manhunter.
Exit Wounds

Exit Wounds

2001
The maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unconventional techniques and soon finds himself assigned to the toughest district in ...
Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes

Once Upon a Time: The Super Heroes

2001
The historical saga of American superheroes. Born in the period between the Great Depression and the World War II to combat the hobgoblins of the modern world, these mutant human beings with superhuma...

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Static Shock

Static Shock

8
2000
A superhero is fighting crime in Dakota City.
Freedom Song

Freedom Song

2000
Freedom Song (2000) is a made-for-TV film based on true stories of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. It tells the story of the struggle of African Americans to register to vote in...

1999.

4 Movies
Universal Soldier: The Return

Universal Soldier: The Return

4.32
1999
Luc Deveraux, the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action again. Luc is the only one who can stop the ultra-warrior from taking revenge on his creators. Luc battles a team o...
Thick as Thieves

Thick as Thieves

1999
Two master thieves are at odds and one is setting the other up for a crime. A pro who listens to jazz records and cares for his dog is the first person who does his job and hides. The mobster decided ...
Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

1999
A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of eccentric and slightly neurotic characters. A wealthy car dealer-ship owner that is on the verge of suicide is losing touch wi...
Mutiny

Mutiny

1999
300 predominantly black sailors were killed in 1944 while loading a ship in San Francisco. 50 survivors were court-martialed for refusing to load another shipment. The men said the Navy didn't care ab...

1998.

1 Movie
Ringmaster

Ringmaster

1998
Springer is the host of a raunchy, controversial and popular Los Angeles talk show which features everyday people with problems and who frequently vent their problems on the air.

1997.

3 Movies
Spawn

Spawn

5.33
1997
After being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons made a pact with the devil to be resurrected so that he could see his beloved wife Wanda. Simmons agrees to lead th...
City of Industry

City of Industry

1997
The man who murdered his brother and partner while on the run swore revenge on the person who stole the loot.
The Making of 'Spawn'

The Making of 'Spawn'

1997
Documentary on the making of the 1997 film 'Spawn.'

1996.

3 Movies
2 Days in the Valley

2 Days in the Valley

6
1996
In a sleepy bedroom community of LA's San Fernando Valley, the murder of a professional athlete by two hit men sets into motion a chain of events that puts the mundane lives of a dozen residents on a ...
Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal

Shaughnessy: The Iron Marshal

1996
In the 19th century, Tommy Shaughnessy became a small-town sheriff.
Captive Heart: The James Mink Story

Captive Heart: The James Mink Story

1996
A black man in Canada who has built a successful livery business enjoys a white wife and a beautiful daughter. An excellent match is arranged with an American businessman, but when he takes his new wi...

1995.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
JAG

JAG

4.4
1995
The man is called "Harm" Rabb Jr. The military's JAG division is the elite legal wing of officers that prosecutes and defends those accused of military-related crimes. He works closely with Lt. Col. T...
Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike

Ring of Fire III: Lion Strike

4.43
1995
Dr. Johnny Woo was involved in the Mafia after his son was kidnapped. The gang made up of underworld leaders from around the world became aware of his discovery. They used every trick in the book to g...
Tyson

Tyson

1995
The story of Mike Tyson. From his early days as a 12 year old amateur with a powerful punch, to the undisputed title of "Heavyweight Champion of the World", and ultimately to his conviction for rape. ...
Ballistic

Ballistic

1995
She was suspended from the force because she was supposed to protect the witness. She needs to find out what happened.

1994.

1 Movie
On Deadly Ground

On Deadly Ground

5.33
1994
Forrest is employed by the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. The corrupt CEO of Aegis Oil doesn't care if oil spills into the ocean or onto the land as long as he makes money.

1993.

1 Movie
Full Contact

Full Contact

1993
Someone is going to L.A. His brother died in a martial arts competition. He will try to find his brother's killer at the tournament circuit. A trainer and a former fighter are with Lucke.

1992.

1 Movie
Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

5.03
1992
An American soldier who was killed in the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. The soldier is forced to recall his past after the failed...

1991.

2 Movies
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze

5.53
1991
The Turtles and the Shredder are fighting again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new Mutants.
True Identity

True Identity

1991
In order to escape from the mob, an African-American man must disguise himself as a white man.

1989.

2 Movies
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie

The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie

5.29
1989
He is not a superhero because he has ridden his city of evil. He decided to work for a company that might be the worst of his enemies.
The Toxic Avenger Part II

The Toxic Avenger Part II

4.98
1989
An evil corporation lured the Toxic Avenger to Tokyo. The Toxic Avenger is in Asia. Spread evil in Tromaville.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
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