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Explore The Extravagant Lifestyle Of Boxer Cum Actor Michael Jai White

If you are a martial arts fan, you must have indeed heard the name of the famous personality Michael Jai White. Well, he was the first Black American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture. Along with being a martial artist, he is also a well-known actor. He starred as AI Simmons who was the main character in the 1997 film “Spawn.” Needless to say, White also appeared as Marcus Williams in the Tyler Perry film “Why Did I Get Married?” Later, he also acted in the sequel of this movie which brought him immense fame and recognition. 

In addition, Michael also starred as the character on the TBS/OWN comedy-drama TV series “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse.” Moreover, there are a few more unforgettable roles that we can associate with Michael Jai White within the film industry. So in today’s article, we shall discuss some of the interesting aspects of Michael Jai White’s life. Stay tuned to us until the end to know about all the details. Let’s take a look!

Who Is Michael Jai White?

Michael Jai White was born to his parents in New York City, United States. It was during his childhood days that he developed an interest in martial arts. As per the sources, he is a martial artist in nine different styles. Some of them are Taekwondo, Kobudo, Tang Soo Do, Jujutsu, Boxing, and a few others. 

Who Is Michael Jai White

He started training in martial arts at the age of four in Jujutsu and gradually became a professional as he grew up. Later on, he took up Shotokan and moved on to other styles. Well, you will be surprised to know that he holds seven legitimate black belts in Kyokushin Karate, Kobudo, Wushu, and a few others. 

Before venturing into acting, White was a special education teacher. He taught his students with behavioral problems for three years. This celebrity martial artist completed his education at Central High School in Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1982. Let us now look into some of the details concerning his acting career in the next section.

Michael Jai White’s Career As An Actor

If you are a fan of Michael you must have known that his first major starring role breakthrough was in the 1995 HBO film “Tyson.” As the movie’s name suggests, it is about the famous heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. Well, his portrayal of this character made him the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a motion picture. Moreover, this also helped him earn a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award.

He starred with famous personalities like Jean Claude Van Damme for this movie. At the same time, he also acted with people like Jerry Trimble and many more popular actors. In the year 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes and also Mariah Carey’s music video. In addition to these, White has also been doing voice work. This includes Static Shock and Justice League. 

You can check out his awesome martial arts skills in the direct-to-DVD movie “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.” And guess what? He also made an appearance in Michelle Yeoh’s “Silver Hawk” back in 2004. Pretty cool, right? In addition, his performance in the movie “KIll Bill: Volume 2” was exceptional. Apart from acting in films, White also made a directional debut. He also provided the voiceover for the character of Green Lantern in the video game “Justice League Heroes.” 

It was in 2020, that White’s latest film “Welcome to Sudden Death” on Netflix became one of the most watched films on the OTT platform. He wishes to create a studio district on New Haven’s Quinnipiac River waterfront.

Some Facts About White’s Personal Life

As per the sources, White tied the knot with Courtenay Chatman in 2005 and the couple have a daughter together. Later they had two sons as well. However, they opted for divorce in 2011. After that, he married Gillian Iliana Waters. He often acknowledged his contributions in helping him become the best version of himself.

He was also the recipient of the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase and Expo at HBO. Later on, he briefly dated actress Angela Bassett. 

Ending Note

So as we conclude we can say that Michael Jai White is one of the most famous personalities when it comes to boxing and acting. Even though the two professions are poles apart, this man was able to maintain the balance and do well in both. You can take a look at the above article to read more details.

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