Michael Jai White Biography: Age, Net Worth, Wife, Children, Parents, Siblings, Career, Movies, Awards

May 25, 2024 0 Posted By Haruna Ayuba

Michael Jai White, a well-known American actor and martial artist, has made appearances in more than 60 movies and TV series, including blockbuster movies such as Spawn (1997) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011).

He made history as the first African American to portray a leading comic book superhero in a major film. White has also taken on directing roles in several films, including Trouble Man!


  • Full Name: Michael Richard Jai White
  • Date of Birth: November 10, 1967
  • Age: 57 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Actor, martial artist, director
  • Height: 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm)
  • Parents: Renel (Mother)
  • Siblings: N/A
  • Spouse: Gillian Iliana Waters (m. 2015)
  • Children: Jai Jordan White, Morgan White, and one other.
  • Relationship Status: Married
  • Net Worth: $14 million

Early Life and Education

Michael Richard Jai White, now at the age of 57, was born on November 10, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York. As a teenager, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, and graduated from Central High School in 1988. Before pursuing acting, he spent three years teaching middle school special education to students with behavioral problems.

White’s experience in education has influenced his views on hip hop, as he cannot condone some of its negative elements due to the impact it had on his students. He has Ghanaian-American ancestry and was raised by his mother Renel. There aren’t many details concerning his father’s identity.

Personal Life

Michael Jai White has been married twice. He was married to Courtenay Chatman from 2005 to 2011, and they have a daughter named Morgan Michelle White, who was born on December 24, 2008.

He also has two sons, including Jai Jordan from a previous relationship, and is currently married to Gillian Iliana Waters. In April 2015, White wrote a public letter on Facebook titled “Apologies to My Ex’s,” where he acknowledged Waters for helping him become “the best version of myself.”


Michael Jai White‘s breakout performance came in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, where he portrayed heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.

He made history as the first African American to play a major comic book superhero in a motion picture with his role in the 1997 film Spawn. White’s work in Spawn earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

He also appeared in Universal Soldier: The Return opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme and acted alongside Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds. In addition to his on-screen roles, White has done voice work in shows like Static Shock and Justice League.

He showcased his martial arts skills in Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and appeared in films like Silver Hawk and Kill Bill: Volume 2. White also played the role of mob boss Gambol in The Dark Knight and starred in Blood and Bone and Black Dynamite.

He wrote the scripts for both Black Dynamite and 3 Bullets, in which he also starred. In 2010, he appeared on The Mo’Nique Show to promote his film Why Did I Get Married Too and also appeared in music videos for Toni Braxton and Nicki Minaj.

Additionally, he portrayed Jax Briggs in the short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth and reprised the role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy.


  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture (1997)
  • Action on Film International Film Festival – Breakout Action Star (2006)
  • Urban Action Showcase Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)

Net Worth

According to sources, Michael Jai White boasts an estimated net worth of approximately $14 million, a testament to his prolific career and enduring impact in the entertainment industry.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @officialmichaeljai
  • Twitter: @MichaelJaiWhite


  • Spawn
  • Black Dynamite
  • Blood and Bone
  • The Dark Knight
  • Universal Soldier: The Return

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