Michael Jai White
American martial artist
Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White is an American actor and 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.
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'Arrow': Stephen Amell Previews 'Identity,' Sebastian Blood, Black Canary And Trouble On The Island
Huffington Post - over 3 years
If you thought the "Arrow" Season 2 premiere was good, wait until you see Episode 2, titled "Identity" (airing Wed., Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW). When asked to preview the action-packed hour, "Arrow" star Stephen Amell said, "As big in scope as the season premiere was, in a lot of ways it was a reset; here is where the characters are now; here’s where Laurel is, and Lance, and Moira, and Thea. Now that we’ve set everyone up in their positions, we really start to explore where those characters are now. So you get to see version 2.0 of the 'Arrow' team, which is an interesting thing, and we get our first sense of where our story’s going to take us on the island this year ... we hit the ground running in Episode 2." Not only does the episode feature the return of China White (Kelly Hu) and the introduction of her fearsome new ally, Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), it also gives us a first look at Alderman Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro), a fresh-faced but savvy politician deter ...
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Interview: Director Kevin Tancharoen Gives Us Something New With 'Mortal Kombat: Legacy' Season 2
MTV News - over 3 years
Actress Samantha Jo in a contemplative moment as Kitana in "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" The launch of "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" Season two kicks off our coverage of new fights (and fighters) for the Machinima web series. Check out the first episode below. Later today, we'll bring you interviews with some of the stars and creators who've brought the battle for Earthrealm to your PC. Interview: Mark Dacascos (Kung Lao) Interview: Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage) "We didn't want to give people a carbon copy of what we did last time," director Kevin Tancharoen tells me about his team's goals in putting together a second season of the gritty web series, "Mortal Kombat: Legacy." The first season, assembled on what would be considered an ambitious fan film budget with the participation of actors like Jheri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager") and Michael Jai White ("Black Dynamite," "Spawn"), set out to assemble a handful of the combatants who would ultimately make their way to the tournament which wil ...
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'Arrow' Is Our Hero Of The Week!
MTV News - over 3 years
by Brett White Even though the DC Comics TV show isn't returning for a second season until October 9th, "Arrow" kept us busy all week long with a number of exciting updates. The show's successful first season and explosive season finale have left fans eagerly awaiting a return trip to Starling City, and the people behind "Arrow" have been dropping massive hints about the series' superhero-studded future all summer long. A number of new faces will be joining the cast, including Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Amanda Waller and Summer Glau as Isabel Rochev. This past week has seen a number of new updates regarding the show, as well as a number of new shirtless promo photos. Never change, "Arrow." If you missed any of this week's "Arrow" news, check out the list below! » 'Glee' Actor Grant Gustin Cast As The CW's New Flash We've known for a while now that Barry Allen would be guest-starring on "Arrow's" second season, in preparation for a possible spin-off series. We even had a ti ...
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Arrow Season 2 Scores Spartacus Alum Cynthis Addai-Robinson As Villain
Boom Tron - over 3 years
When it comes to adapting a well-known comic book superhero to television, I feel the best way to do it is by introducing as many villains as possible in different ways than they were seen in the comics. CW’s Arrow has a done a fabulous job at taking the source material and taking it in new and exciting directions. It’s the closest thing to a proper DC Comics superhero that is the equivalent to what Marvel has been doing these last few years. I’m genuinely impressed by what’s been done on this series. And the latest villain to join this new universe will be played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson of Spartacus fame. There are many villains to choose from, but the one for Addai-Robinson is Amanda Waller. TV Guide reported the role has the potential to be recurring and is a DC Comics villain who works for A.R.G.U.S. – that’s the Advanced Research Group United Support, a clandestine agency with a mysterious agenda. To top it off, the agency possesses key information about the Arrow. The chara ...
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'Arrow' Season 2 Promo: Oliver Goes To War Over The Devastation In Starling City (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Season 2 premiere of The CW's "Arrow" is just around the corner, which means it's time for an action-packed new promo trailer. Oliver (Stephen Amell) may have failed to save Starling City from Malcolm Merlyn's (John Barrowman) destruction in the Season 1 finale, but as our hero points out in the video below, "what doesn't kill me only makes me sharper." "Arrow" Season 2 has been scoring guest stars left and right in recent weeks, with "Spartacus" star Cynthia Addai-Robinson cast as DC Comics villain Amanda Waller, and "Orphan Black's" Dylan Bruce set to appear as a co-worker for Katie Cassidy's Laurel. Next season will also feature The Flash in Episode 8, ahead of a potential spinoff; Caity Lotz has joined the show as Sara Lance, who will play an iteration of Black Canary; Michael Jai White will play the Bronze Tiger; Kevin Alejandro has signed on to play Sebastian Blood; Summer Glau will appear as Isabel Rochev; and John Barrowman and Kelly Hu will return as Malcolm Merlyn and C ...
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'Arrow' Nabs 'Orphan Black' Star
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Arrow" Season 2 is shaping up nicely. The CW superhero hit has added Dylan Bruce, best known as Paul to "Orphan Black" fans, for its sophomore season, TVLine was the first to report. A rep for the network confirmed that Bruce will appear in the first and third episodes of "Arrow" Season 2 as Adam Donner, Laurel's (Katie Cassidy) new co-worker. The cast for "Arrow" Season 2 has been growing quite a bit recently: Though he's not been cast yet, The Flash will be introduced in Episode 8 of the upcoming season, with the potential for a spinoff; Caity Lotz has joined the show as Sara Lance, who will play an iteration of Black Canary; Michael Jai White will play the Bronze Tiger; Kevin Alejandro has signed on to play Sebastian Blood; Summer Glau will appear as Isabel Rochev; and John Barrowman and Kelly Hu will return as Malcolm Merlyn and China White respectively. For more on Bruce's casting, click over to TVLine. "Arrow" Season 2 premieres on on Wednesday, October 9 ...
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TBS Show Moves To OWN
Huffington Post - about 4 years
LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey's cable channel says it will be the new home of the sitcom "For Better or Worse." Tyler Perry's comedy series will move from TBS to OWN for its third season, starting this fall. OWN announced Wednesday that it's also getting rerun rights for the show's first two years. "For Better or Worse" is about three couples dealing with the challenges of dating and married life. OWN says the original cast, including Tasha Smith and Michael Jai White, will remain with the show. Production on season three begins in April. The comedy will be OWN's third scripted series from Perry, who has a deal with OWN to produce TV shows and other projects. The first two original series, a sitcom and a drama, are scheduled to debut in May.
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Stars and Fans Invade San Diego for 43rd Comic-Con International - Part 1
CNN - over 4 years
The 43rd Annual San Diego Comic-Con International took place this past weekend in San Diego, California. Comic-Con, the largest event of its kind in the world, celebrates the popular arts in all their manifestations, including comics, television, movies, painting and novels, over a span of five days, which includes a preview night for special badge holders, press and professionals. The hundreds of panels, screenings, workshops and special events primarily focused on projects related to science fiction, horror, fantasy, action and of course. . . . superheroes. Film and television studios again brought celebrities to the event, such as: The entire cast of the Twilight series, which celebrated the upcoming climax of the series; Jackie Chan, who made his first appearance at Comic-Con to discuss his new film Chinese Zodiac (Armour of God III); Tim Burton, who premiered clips from his new film Frankenweenie; John C. Reilly, the voice behind the title character of the upcoming film Wreck-It ...
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Your San Diego Comic Con Press Release Round Up – Smart Pop, Art Directors Guild, Marvel Vs Capcom, Random House, Pantheon Books, Shout! Factory, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Tokidoki
Bleeding Cool - over 4 years
Every morning I wake up to more and more San Diego Comic Con press releases. Here’s what I found in my inbox this morning… Smart Pop This summer at San Diego Comic-Con, Smart Pop will be hosting a variety of exciting events at our exhibit hall booth (#4300)—and we thought your readers, either those planning to attend or those who will be following the convention from home, would be interested in hearing about them! Some of the highlights from our programming include: -          Saturday, July 14: In-booth and autograph area signings with Babylon 5’s Claudia Christian -          Sunday, July 15:10 copy giveaway of Beyond the Wall (our new anthology on George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire), in coordination with an in-booth signing we’re doing with the editor, James Lowder, and contributors Myke Cole and Caroline Spector at 11 a.m. -          All weekend: Booth visitors can enter to win one of 25 advance galleys of Ender’s World, our upcoming Ender’s Game anthology (edit ...
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Casting Call for Bucks County Movie
Doylestown-Buckingham-New Britai - over 4 years
The anticipated production of The North Star, a feature film to be shot on location in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, will be holding its Major Casting Call Sunday June 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 22 South Main Street in Doylestown.  Actor/Producer, Clifton Powell (Ray, Norbert, Rush Hour, Friday After Next) will be in attendance along with Writer/Director Thomas Phillips, Executive Producer Dave DeLellis and the Producing team of Jesse James Jackson, Jr. and Nathan File of Jersey Style Films Inc.  Thus far, Powell has cast Lynn Whitfield (HBO’s Josephine Baker Story), Michael Jai White (Spawn, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?), Michael Rappaport (Hitch, The 6th Day) and Keith David (Platoon, Crash, The Thing, ATL). The North Star, a dramatic depiction of the perilous journey to freedom made by two escaped slaves, is set in 1850 during the time of the Underground Railroad. It is the story of passionate men and women, black and white, risking their lives to save those fle ...
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Crispin Glover's Letterman Appearance Explained; Michael Jai White's 'Spawn' Issues: A 'Freaky Deaky' Q&A
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
As a junior high schooler, I used to record "Late Night with David Letterman" on a VHS cassette tape every night and watch it the following morning because my parents wouldn't allow me to stay up that late. In 1987, during summer break, while watching my trusty VHS tape, I witnessed an event that forced me fall in love with popular culture. I mean, "gun to the head, you have no choice in this matter," forced. During a very uncomfortable appearance, Crispin Glover -- who, at the time, I only knew as George McFly from "Back to the Future" -- came very close to kicking David Letterman in the face. So close that a surprised Letterman walked off the set. This moment changed me forever. This was a "you had to see it" moment. And I had. (Obviously there was no YouTube then. Luckily, now there is.) So, now, when interviewing Glover for the first time -- along with "Freaky Deaky" co-star Michael Jai White -- I had to ask about this, as well as his more normal appearance on the same show ...
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Black Dynamite 2 May Start Shooting This Year Says Michael Jai White
Movies Web - almost 5 years
While the action-comedy Black Dynamite didn't exactly set the box office on fire when it was released in 2009, the blaxploitation parody has developed a cult following. Star Michael Jai White revealed at the Tribeca Film Festival that plans are in the works for Black Dynamite 2, which could go before cameras sooner rather than later. Here's what the actor had to say about this sequel. "We hope to shoot Black Dynamite 2 at the end of the year." Michael Jai White starred as the title character, and also co-wrote the screenplay with Byron Minns and director Scott Sanders. It isn't known if there is a script in place, or if Scott Sanders will return to the helm. No plot specifics were given, although the actor-writer is toying with the idea of setting this sequel in the 1980s. The actor-writer is also developing Black Dynamite: The Animated Series for Adult Swim. Black Dynamite was released October 16th, 2009 and stars Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Kevin ...
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Billy Burke Featured In Trailer For Elmore Leonard’s FREAKY DEAKY
Boom Tron - almost 5 years
The Elmore Leonard train keeps barrelling along with the announcement this week that Shoreline has picked up the international distro rights for the latest Leonard novel to come to the big screen, 1988′s Freaky Deaky.  Twilight actor Billy Burke has picked up the protagonist role of Chris Mankowski, former Bomb Squad member, but with Leonard as with many other high-caliber writers, it’s the villains and the supporting cast that really make the piece. It’s been years since I’ve read this Elmore Leonard novel, and I didn’t even know a film adaptation of it was in the works.  None of that dampens my excitement for the forthcoming film, however, and I am once again grateful that Elmore Leonard-mania seems to be sweeping the nation, probably thanks to Justified.  Thanks, Justified! But even if Leonard’s work was still in a kind of mainstream limbo–his works have been Hollywood fodder for years, but only recently has he become anything like a household name–this cast alone will put but ...
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Choral students prepare for performance debut
Pasadena City College College - almost 5 years
By: Christine Michaels While most students are nose deep in their textbooks for midterm week, the choral students in room V- 111 are hard at work rehearsing for their spring concert at the Sexson Auditorium on Saturday a...
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Stars take a shine to Atlanta
Access Atlanta - almost 5 years
"I love working in Atlanta," said Michael Jai White, who has appeared in Tyler Perry's movie "Why Did I Get Married?" and its sequel and currently appears on Perry's television show "For Better or Worse." "It's still got real folks.
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Lands TV Role on Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse
The Inquisitor - almost 5 years
Finally some positive news for Bobbi Kristina Brown! Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of recently departed singer Whitney Houston and her ex-husband Bobby Brown, has been cast on Tyler Perry’s TBS comedy For Better Or Worse. A rep for the Houston family confirmed the news to People Magazine. According to People, Bobbi Kristina – whose previous TV experience is limited to interviews and reality show Being Bobby Brown – would play the daughter of one of the stylists at the salon run by Tasha Smith’s Angela. Little else is being said publicly about the part. Though the sitcom role will mark her first professional acting role, Bobbi Kristina, 19, expressed her desire to be a star in the past. “I have to carry on the legacy,” she told Oprah Winfrey during an exclusive interview on OWN earlier this month. “We’re going to do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.” Besides Houston’s daughter, For Better or Worse – which is based on Perry’s movies Why Did I Get Married? and W ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Jai White
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 47
    In April 2015, White penned an endearing open letter via Facebook entitled "Apologies to My Ex's", where he credited Waters for helping him become, "the very best version of myself."
    More Details Hide Details In 2014, he was honored with the Fists of Legends Decade Award at the Urban Action Showcase & Expo at HBO.
    In July 2015 White married Waters in an intimate, but extravagant ceremony in Thailand.
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  • 2014
    Age 46
    In February 2014, White announced his engagement to actress Gillian Iliana Waters.
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  • 2011
    Age 43
    White made his directorial debut and starred in Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown, which was released on home video on September 13, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details White also provided the voice of Green Lantern John Stewart in the video game Justice League Heroes.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    On March 30, 2010, White appeared on The Mo'Nique Show to promote his film Why Did I Get Married Too.
    More Details Hide Details The two joked about the acclaim that comes with winning an Oscar. In May of that year he appeared in the music video for Toni Braxton's new song "Hands Tied" from her album Pulse, as well as the Nicki Minaj music video for "Your Love" as Nicki's sensei and love interest. He also starred in Kevin Tancharoen's short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, as Jax Briggs, and reprised the role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, a webseries from the same director. He recently posted on Twitter that he would not be returning to the role for the second season, but would return for the 2013 film.
  • 2009
    Age 41
    He also starred in the film Blood and Bone and the blaxploitation homage Black Dynamite, both released in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details White wrote the scripts for both Black Dynamite and his upcoming 3 Bullets in which he stars with Bokeem Woodbine.
  • 2008
    Age 40
    White played the role of the mob boss Gambol in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Age 39
    His film Why Did I Get Married? opened at number one at the box office on October 12, 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 37
    From 2005-2011 White was married to Courtney Chatham and together they have a daughter named Morgan.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, White also has two sons.
  • 2004
    Age 36
    He also appears in Michelle Yeoh's Silver Hawk in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in Kill Bill: Volume 2, although his role was cut from the theatrical release.
  • 2003
    Age 35
    In 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes' and Mariah Carey's music video "I Know What You Want".
    More Details Hide Details Since 2003, in addition to his on screen roles, White has been doing voice work, including Static Shock and the Justice League. White showcases his martial arts skills in the direct-to-DVD film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    In 2001, he also starred opposite fellow martial artist Steven Seagal in Exit Wounds.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1997
    Age 29
    He portrayed the eponymous character in the 1997 movie Spawn, making him the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1995
    Age 27
    White's first major starring role and breakout performance was in the 1995 HBO film Tyson, as heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1985
    Age 17
    White was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved as a teen to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he graduated from Central High School in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details He is an accomplished martial artist, holding black belts in eight different styles: Shotokan, Taekwondo, Kobudo, Goju Ryu (for which he studied under Master Eddie Morales where he learned to sharpen his Goju karate technique), Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started training in the martial arts at the age of seven in Jujutsu and then Shotokan moving to other styles later. White is a former teacher. He cites his history in education as the reason why, despite his personal love for the music genre on "a lot of levels", he cannot "in good conscience" have a positive opinion on hip hop or "excuse some of its pervasive and destructive elements", due to his experience with youngsters who had difficulty seeing the difference between it and real life.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1967
    Born
    Born on November 10, 1967.
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