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Michael Jai White Net Worth


Famous actor, director and martial artist Michael Jai White has a net worth of $5 million. Best known for his roles in β€˜Spawn,’ β€˜Why Did I Get Married?’ and β€˜Black Dynamite,’ as well as Tyler Perry’s sitcoms, White has also appeared in a diverse array of other films, including β€˜The Dark Knight’ and β€˜Blood and Bone.’

Key facts:

  • Michael Jai White is an accomplished actor, director, and martial artist.
  • He made his film debut with a small part in "The Toxic Avenger Part II" in 1989 and played a major superhero role in "Spawn" in 1997, becoming the first African-American person to portray a major comic book superhero in a major film.
  • White had one of his biggest successes when he starred in Tyler Perry's "Why Did I Get Married?" in 2007, which opened at number one at the box office and spawned a sequel.
  • In addition to his film work, White has had recurring roles on several television series, including "Justice League," "Clubhouse," and "Arrow."
  • White also wrote and starred in the blaxploitation action comedy film "Black Dynamite" in 2009 and reprised his role as the character in an animated series based on the film.

Basic Information About Michael Jai White

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Martial Artist, Screenwriter, Television producer, Stunt Performer, Film Producer, Teacher
Net worth$5,000,000
Date of birth1967-11-10 (56 years old)
Place of birthBrooklyn
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksMuscular build
His Goatee
Deep menacing voice
Roles in action films
Tough guy attitude
Lightning fast moves and reflexes
SpouseGillian White - (3 JulyΒ 2015 - present)
6 August - Courtenay Chatman (Β 2005 - 2011)Β (divorced)Β (1 child)
Height6 ft (1.829 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Michael Jai White win?


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Michael Jai White awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Male NewcomerNomineeSpawn1998

Michael Jai White roles

Movie / Series Role
The Dark KnightGambol
Dragged Across ConcreteBiscuit
SpawnAl Simmons / Spawn
Assault on VA-33Chief Malone
Universal SoldierSoldier
Black DynamiteWriter
Black DynamiteWriter
Black DynamiteBlack Dynamite
Exit WoundsLewis Strutt
Take BackBrian
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeAudience Man (uncredited)
2 Days in the ValleyBuck
S.W.A.T.: Under SiegeScorpion
Batman: Soul of the DragonBen Turner (voice)
Triple ThreatDevereaux
The Hard WayPayne
On Deadly GroundOil Worker (uncredited)
Universal Soldier: The ReturnSETH
Blood and BoneIsaiah Bone
Accident ManMick
Why Did I Get Married?Marcus
Why Did I Get Married Too?Marcus
Falcon RisingJohn 'Falcon' Chapman
The BoondocksBushido Brown / ... 1 episode, 2010
Real Husbands of HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2015
InsecureZeke 2 episodes, 2017
ArrowBen Turner / ... 10 episodes, 2013-2019
Black-ishVincent 1 episode, 2020
JAGLt. Martin Payne / ... 1 episode, 1995
Made in HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2009
CSI: MiamiOfficer Roy Bailey 1 episode, 2003
The Family BusinessVegas Duncan 2 episodes, 2018
Living SingleSteve 1 episode, 1994
Metal Hurlant ChroniclesBalt / ... 2 episodes, 2012-2014
Justice LeagueDoomsday 1 episode, 2003
Static ShockOsebo 2 episodes, 2003-2004
Saved by the BellMilitary Police Man #2 (uncredited) unknown episodes
House of PayneBryan 3 episodes, 2008
MartinValdez 1 episode, 1994
Access HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2014

Michael Jai White's Quotes

  • Again, I wanted to compare myself with another martial arts icon in Steven Segal. I had worked with him three other times in the past. It is true he can be difficult at times but, I had no problem with him. He is a very gifted choreographer and technician. Dion Lam is an incredible, one of the best, fight technicians I have ever worked with. I don't prefer wire-work.
  • I met Jean Claude on Universal Soldier, part 1. I was "Soldier #2." Jean Claude and I trained together on that movie and always got along great. Years later, in the sequel, we got along just as well. This was the first movie where I showed a bit of my martial arts skills. Unfortunately, the script and the director were not very good. I wanted to show myself when compared to a martial arts icon like Van Damme. I achieved my purpose.
  • In Spawn (1997), I just auditioned and got the role. I was cast as Jax in Mortal Kombat but, New Line wanted me to play Spawn. The "star-status" thing was never difficult for me. My heroes were never actors. They were real men in the real world like senseis, police officers, and teachers. There continue to be rumors about Spawn 2, there have been for years. I spoke to Todd McFarlane months ago and I know he intends on doing a sequel. I am not sure when.
  • When I was young, I had a favorite movie star. One day I saw one of his movies and it was bad and he was bad in it. I could tell he didn't care and only did it for the money. I felt betrayed. I never watched another one of his movies again. To my German fans I will always do my best, no matter what. It means a lot that you believe in me. I won't let you down.

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The Legend of Michael Jai White

Michael Jai White is an American actor, director, and martial artist who has had a successful career in both film and television. Not only has he been an inspiration to multiple generations with his sports, but he has also entertained everyone with his impressive performances. He is also known for being the first African-American to play a major comic book superhero in a major film.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

White was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He began training in martial arts from an early age and followed the footsteps of his father, who was also a martial artist. White’s natural ability and dedication to Jujutsu and Shōtōkan led him to master Kyokushin Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, and Wushu.

Apart from martial arts, White also worked as a special education teacher for children with behavioral issues. But his passion for acting and martial arts never faded away, and he finally got his break in the entertainment industry when he appeared in β€˜The Toxic Avenger Part II’ in 1989.

Film Career

White’s big break came in 1997 when he starred as the titular character in the film β€˜Spawn,’ becoming the first African-American to play a major comic book superhero role in a major Hollywood film. After that notable break, he went on to play in various genres of films like science-fiction, action comedies, dramas, thrillers, etc. Some of them being Hollywood blockbusters like β€˜The Dark Knight’ or relatively small budget independent films like β€˜Black Dynamite.’

White has starred in more than 50 films and has made his mark with critically acclaimed roles, one of the most famous being in Tyler Perry’s β€˜Why Did I Get Married?’ He has also written screenplays for his movies like β€˜Black Dynamite,’ a project which took 15 years to reach its final form.

Television Career

Michael Jai White is not only a success on the big screen but also wowed his viewers on TV. He has appeared in popular television dramas and sitcoms in notable roles. In 1995, he portrayed boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO film β€˜Tyson.’ He also appeared in the third season of Tyler Perry’s β€˜House of Payne’ in a recurring role.

In addition to acting, White has provided voiceover work for various animations like the popular sci-fi series β€˜Justice League: Unlimited.’ He starred in the popular superhero drama β€˜Arrow’ based on DC Comics, playing Ben Turner, aka Bronze Tiger from 2013 to 2019.

What is Michael Jai White’s Net Worth?

As of 2021, Michael Jai White’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million, and it continues to grow as he appears in more films and shows. His body of work and dedication have earned him good wealth through his career.

Personal Life

While White’s career might impress, his personal life is equally fascinating. The actor has been married twice. His first wife was Courtney Chatman, but they separated after four years of marriage. In 2015, he married Gillian Waters, and they have been happily married since then.

White’s passion isn’t limited to martial arts or acting; he is a die-heart fan of everything superhero. He even authored two comic books titled β€˜Black Dynamite’ and β€˜Sergeant Freedom: the Last Stand of the Special Forces.’


Michael Jai White has achieved several milestones throughout his career. The most notable was becoming the first African-American to portray a leading comic book superhero in a major Hollywood movie. He also took his career behind the camera, directing films like β€˜Never Back Down: No Surrender’ and β€˜Triple Threat.’

His commitment to martial arts earned him numerous honors, including black belts in seven different martial arts.

Closing Thoughts

Michael Jai White handles every role he gets with class and finesse, whether it’s on-screen or off-screen. His passion for martial arts and acting has given him the opportunity to inspire and entertain generations, and his achievements have brought up hope that we can all be whatever we put our minds to. With future projects in the pipeline, this legendary actor does not seem to slow down his rise anytime sooner.

Interesting Facts about Michael Jai White

  1. Black belts in 7 styles of martial arts. He has 26 titles including U.S. Open, North American Open, and New England Grand Champion. Studied acting at H.B. Studio, Yale University and Brown University. Performed Off-Broadway in "Raisin in the Sun" and "To Kill a Mockingbird".
  2. Appeared in the trailer for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) when both were still due to be released as one movie. He does not appear in either Volume 1 or 2 of the theatrical version, but he appears in deleted scenes of the movies.
  3. Was a teacher before he started acting.
  4. Began his martial arts training at age eight.
  5. Trained often with Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  6. Taught emotionally disturbed children for three years
  7. Was to appear as Jax in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), but New Line wanted him for Spawn (1997) instead. However, he returned to Mortal Kombat (2011) as Jax.
  8. He has said he stopped growing at age 14.
  9. Karate instructor of actor Todo Segalla at Top Ten Karate Studio, New Haven, Connecticut.
  10. Holds black belts in following martial arts: Shotokan Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Okinawan Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, and Kyokushin Karate.
  11. Daughter Morgan Michelle (b. December 24, 2008).
  12. Has two sons from a previous relationship.
  13. Can speak some Japanese and Mandarin.
  14. Stars in Busta Rhymes f. Mariah Carey video 'I know what you want' [August 2003]
  15. Inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2015.
  16. Appears in 2 comic book adaptations where he is at odds with a villainous clown character. In Spawn he is the title hero facing off against Violator played by John Leguizamo and in The Dark Knight he is a mobster, Gamble who tries to have The Joker (Heath Ledger) murdered.
  17. He is trained Shotokan Karate, Goju-Ryu Karate, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Tang Soo Do, Wushu, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Kyokushin Karate.

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