Michael Jai White Biography

Published On Mar 26, 2018
Facts of Michael Jai White
Date of Birth: 1987 , November-10
Birth Nation: United States
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A native of Brooklyn, New York, Michael Jai White was born on 10th of November 1967, as Michael Richard Jai White. By nationality, White is an American and he belongs to African-American ethnicity. At his teen, he relocated to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he completed his high school-level education from Central High School.

White is a talented martial artist, having started his Jujutsu training at the age of seven before moving to  Shotokan and other styles later. He holds black belts in 7 different styles: Kyokushin, Wushu, Tang Soo Do, Goju Ryu, Kobudo, Taekwondo, and Shotokan.

At the age of twenty-two, White made his debut in the entertainment industry, portraying the character of Apocalypse Inc. Executive in The Toxic Avengers Part II. He subsequently played the same role in the third part the same year.

Michael's first major starring role was as the heavyweight-boxing legend Mike Tyson in the HBO film Tyson. Further, his role in the movie Spawn earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award in  Best Male Newcomer.

After twenty-two years in the film industry, White made his directorial debut with Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown. Apart from movies and TV series, the actor has also starred in some music videos: Nicki Minaj’s Your Love, Toni Braxton’s Hand Tied, and Calvin Harris Let’s Go.

Moving into his private life, Michael Jai White is a happily married man. He tied the wedding knot with his longtime girlfriend, actress Gillian Iliana Waters after being engaged almost a year. Their wedding ceremony took place in Thailand and attended by their family member, close friends, along with some prominence face from Hollywood.

Till the date, there is no news and rumors regarding extra-marital affairs, conflict, and divorce in their marital relationship.

However, Waters is not only the lady with whom Michael has been married. Previously, White was married to his ex-wife Courtney Chatham. They have three children: a daughter named Morgan and two sons, together. After spending six years long, the couple divorced and went separate ways.Similarly, Waters, too, has her past. In fact, she is a mother to two daughters from her previous marriage.

From his professional acting career, Michael has earned a good amount of money. His current net worth is estimated to be around $3.5 million. As per online sources, White owns a few luxury cars, including a Rolls Royce whose price can go into hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

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Born in United States

1967

Michael Jai White was born on 10th of November 1967, in Brooklyn, New York, as Michael Richard Jai White. By nationality, White is an American and he belongs to white ethnicity.

Early Career

1974

White started training at the age of seven in Jujutsu and then Shotokan moving to another style later. He holds the black belt in 7 different styles: Kyokushin, Wushu, Tang Soo Do, Goju Ryu, Kobudo, Taekwondo, and Shotokan.

Acting Debut

1989

White made his debut in an entertainment industry, portraying the character, Apocalypse Inc. Executive in “The Toxic Avengers Part II”. He subsequently played the same role in part III, the same year.

Lead Role

1995

White's first major starring role was as the legendary heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO film Tyson. Further, his role in the movie Spawn earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer.

Got Married

2005

White was married to Courtney Chatham. They have three children: a daughter named Morgan and two sons, together. After spending six years long, the couple divorced and went their ways.

Second Married

2015

After divorce with his first wife, White tied the wedding knot with his longtime girlfriend, actress Gillian Iliana Waters after being engaged almost a year. Their wedding ceremony took place in Thailand.

Current Net Worth

2018

The significant source of White's earning is his professional acting career. His current net worth is estimated to be around $3.5 million. He also owns Rolls-Royce whose price can be as high as hundreds of thousands of dollars.