Michael Jai White

An American actor and professional martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American 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 was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1988. White started martial arts training at the age of seven and is now an accomplished martial artist, holding seven legitimate black belts in Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). His first major starring role and breakout performance was in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, as heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson. In 1997, he portrayed the eponymous character in the 1997 movie Spawn. His work in Spawn earned him a nomination for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer. White starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier: The Return. In 2001, he also starred opposite fellow martial artist Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds. In 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes' and Mariah Carey's music video "I Know What You Want". Since 2003, in addition to his on screen roles, White has been doing voice work, including Static Shock, Justice League, and the Spawn animated series. White showcases his martial arts skills in ...

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The Dark Knight (2008)

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Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lt. Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Christian Bale  •  Heath Ledger  •  Aaron Eckhart  •  Michael Caine

2 Days in the Valley (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 collision course. This clever tale tells the story of two hit men ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Greg Cruttwell  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Teri Hatcher

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 collision course. This clever tale tells the story of two hit men ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Herzfeld
CAST:  Danny Aiello  •  Greg Cruttwell  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Teri Hatcher

Exit Wounds (2001)

Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives secretly operating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  DMX  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Anthony Anderson

Maverick cop Orin Boyd always brings down the domestic terrorists he tracks, but he ruffles feathers with his unorthodox techniques -- and soon finds himself reassigned to the toughest district in Detroit. When he discovers a group of detectives secretly operating ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrzej Bartkowiak
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  DMX  •  Isaiah Washington  •  Anthony Anderson

On Deadly Ground (1994)

Forrest Taft is an environmental agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt CEO is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land—just as long as it's making money for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Seagal
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Michael Caine  •  Joan Chen  •  John C. McGinley

Forrest Taft is an environmental agent who works for the Aegis Oil Company in Alaska. Aegis Oil's corrupt CEO is the kind of person who doesn't care whether or not oil spills into the ocean or onto the land—just as long as it's making money for him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Seagal
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Michael Caine  •  Joan Chen  •  John C. McGinley

Spawn (1997)

After being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons makes a pact with the devil to be resurrected to see his beloved wife Wanda. In exchange for his return to Earth, Simmons agrees to lead Hell's Army in the destruction of mankind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark A.Z. Dippé
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Martin Sheen  •  John Leguizamo  •  Theresa Randle

After being murdered by corrupt colleagues in a covert government agency, Al Simmons makes a pact with the devil to be resurrected to see his beloved wife Wanda. In exchange for his return to Earth, Simmons agrees to lead Hell's Army in the destruction of mankind.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark A.Z. Dippé
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Martin Sheen  •  John Leguizamo  •  Theresa Randle

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pressman
CAST:  Vanilla Ice  •  Paige Turco  •  Michelan Sisti  •  Mark Caso

The Turtles and the Shredder battle once again, this time for the last cannister of the ooze that created the Turtles, which Shredder wants to create an army of new mutants.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Pressman
CAST:  Vanilla Ice  •  Paige Turco  •  Michelan Sisti  •  Mark Caso

The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie (1989)

Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. So he decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kaufman  •  Michael Herz
CAST:  Ron Fazio  •  John Altamura  •  Rick Collins  •  Phoebe Legere

Toxie finds he has nothing to do as a superhero, as he has ridden his city of evil. So he decides to go to work for a major corporation, which he discovers may be the evilest of all his adversaries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lloyd Kaufman  •  Michael Herz
CAST:  Ron Fazio  •  John Altamura  •  Rick Collins  •  Phoebe Legere

Universal Soldier (1992)

An American soldier who had been killed during the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as a semi-android, UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. After the failure of the initiative to erase all the soldier's memories, he begins to experience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Ally Walker  •  Ed O'Ross

An American soldier who had been killed during the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as a semi-android, UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. After the failure of the initiative to erase all the soldier's memories, he begins to experience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Ally Walker  •  Ed O'Ross

Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

Luc Deveraux, the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. When Seth, the supercomputer controlled ultra-warrior, decides to take revenge and destroy its creators, only Luc can stop it. All hell breaks loose as Luc battles Seth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mic Rodgers
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Kiana Tom  •  Bill Goldberg  •  Michael Jai White

Luc Deveraux, the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. When Seth, the supercomputer controlled ultra-warrior, decides to take revenge and destroy its creators, only Luc can stop it. All hell breaks loose as Luc battles Seth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mic Rodgers
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Kiana Tom  •  Bill Goldberg  •  Michael Jai White

Breakfast of Champions (1999)

A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Albert Finney  •  Nick Nolte  •  Barbara Hershey

A portrait of a fictional town in the mid west that is home to a group of idiosyncratic and slightly neurotic characters. Dwayne Hoover is a wealthy car dealer-ship owner that's on the brink of suicide and is losing touch with reality.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Rudolph
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Albert Finney  •  Nick Nolte  •  Barbara Hershey

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 the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of the Freedom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Loretta Devine  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon

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 the fictional town of Quinlan. In the midst of the Freedom ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Alden Robinson
CAST:  Danny Glover  •  Vondie Curtis-Hall  •  Loretta Devine  •  Vicellous Reon Shannon

Thick as Thieves (1999)

Two master thieves go at odds with one another as one sets the other up for a crime. The first, a suave pro who does his job and then hides in his own privacy, listening to old jazz records and caring for his ailing dog, Wally. The other is a local gangster with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Sanders
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Andre Braugher  •  Michael Jai White  •  Rebecca De Mornay

Two master thieves go at odds with one another as one sets the other up for a crime. The first, a suave pro who does his job and then hides in his own privacy, listening to old jazz records and caring for his ailing dog, Wally. The other is a local gangster with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Sanders
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Andre Braugher  •  Michael Jai White  •  Rebecca De Mornay

Mutiny (1999)

Fact-based story about 300 predominantly black sailors who were killed on July 17, 1944 while loading munitions on a ship in San Francisco. Three weeks later, 50 survivors were court-martialed for refusing to load another shipment. The men cited the Navy's lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Duane Martin  •  David Ramsey  •  Matthew Glave

Fact-based story about 300 predominantly black sailors who were killed on July 17, 1944 while loading munitions on a ship in San Francisco. Three weeks later, 50 survivors were court-martialed for refusing to load another shipment. The men cited the Navy's lack of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Hooks
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Duane Martin  •  David Ramsey  •  Matthew Glave

Skin Trade (2014)

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ekachai Uekrongtham
CAST:  Dolph Lundgren  •  Tony Jaa  •  Ron Perlman  •  Celina Jade

After his family is killed by a Serbian gangster with international interests. NYC detective Nick goes to S.E. Asia and teams up with a Thai detective to get revenge and destroy the syndicates human trafficking network.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ekachai Uekrongtham
CAST:  Dolph Lundgren  •  Tony Jaa  •  Ron Perlman  •  Celina Jade

One Angry Juror (2010)

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul A. Kaufman
CAST:  Jessica Capshaw  •  Jeremy Ratchford  •  Aaron Douglas  •  Imani Hakim

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.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul A. Kaufman
CAST:  Jessica Capshaw  •  Jeremy Ratchford  •  Aaron Douglas  •  Imani Hakim

Android Cop (2014)

In the year 2045, a Los Angeles Police Department detective and his new android partner enter the Zone, a forbidden section of the city plagued with an unknown disease. There, they discover the source of the illness and attempt to stop it using the android's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Atkins
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  Randy Wayne

In the year 2045, a Los Angeles Police Department detective and his new android partner enter the Zone, a forbidden section of the city plagued with an unknown disease. There, they discover the source of the illness and attempt to stop it using the android's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Atkins
CAST:  Michael Jai White  •  Charles S. Dutton  •  Kadeem Hardison  •  Randy Wayne

Captive Heart: The James Mink Story (1996)

James Mink is a black man in Canada who has built a very successful livery business, and enjoys a white wife and a beautiful daughter, Mary. An excellent match is arranged with an American businessman, but when he takes his new wife Mary across the border his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Pittman
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Kate Nelligan  •  Ruby Dee  •  Peter Outerbridge

James Mink is a black man in Canada who has built a very successful livery business, and enjoys a white wife and a beautiful daughter, Mary. An excellent match is arranged with an American businessman, but when he takes his new wife Mary across the border his true ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Pittman
CAST:  Louis Gossett Jr.  •  Kate Nelligan  •  Ruby Dee  •  Peter Outerbridge

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 presence prompts a startling deathbed confession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Wheeler  •  Siddeeqah Powell
CAST:  Lynn Whitfield  •  Clifton Powell  •  Michael Jai White  •  Byron Minns

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 presence prompts a startling deathbed confession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Wheeler  •  Siddeeqah Powell
CAST:  Lynn Whitfield  •  Clifton Powell  •  Michael Jai White  •  Byron Minns

Generation Iron (2013)

Generation Iron - examines the professional sport of bodybuilding today and 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 - Mr. Olympia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vlad Yudin
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Michael Jai White  •  Lou Ferrigno  •  Mike Katz

Generation Iron - examines the professional sport of bodybuilding today and 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 - Mr. Olympia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vlad Yudin
CAST:  Mickey Rourke  •  Michael Jai White  •  Lou Ferrigno  •  Mike Katz

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 for the FEDZ.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kwabena Manso
CAST:  Ashley Walters  •  Christopher Crema  •  Michael Jai White  •  Adrian Bouchet

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 for the FEDZ.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kwabena Manso
CAST:  Ashley Walters  •  Christopher Crema  •  Michael Jai White  •  Adrian Bouchet
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