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Jaleel White

Born November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) (age 31)
Pasadena, California
Years active 1984 ─ present

Jaleel Rufus White (born November 27, 1976) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle on the TV series Family Matters from 1989 to 1998. File links The following pages link to this file: Jaleel White ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 331st day of the year (332nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ... Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1989. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ...

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Biography

Personal life

White was born in Pasadena, California, the son of Gail, a manager, and Michael White, a dentist.[1] White attended Huntington Middle School in San Marino, California and part of high school at John Marshall Fundamental Secondary School in Pasadena, California. As a high school senior, White attended South Pasadena High School, but then transferred to Middlesex School in Massachusetts in 1994, where he would graduate. He received his bachelors degree in film from UCLA Film School in 2001. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... X-rays can reveal if a person has cavities Dentistry is the practical application of knowledge of dental science (the science of placement, arrangement, function of teeth) to human beings. ... Location of San Marino in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country State County Los Angeles Government  - Mayor Matthew Lin  - City Manager Matt Ballantyne  - City Clerk Carol Robb Area  - City  3. ... Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... South Pasadena High School (SPHS or SouthPas) is a public high school serving grades 9-12 located in the city of South Pasadena, California. ... Middlesex School The Circle, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts Clay Centennial Center, Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts Middlesex School is an independent preparatory school for grades 9 - 12 located in Concord, Massachusetts, USA. It was founded in 1901 by Frederick Winsor, who headed the school until 1937. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Binomial name Ucla xenogrammus Holleman, 1993 The largemouth triplefin, Ucla xenogrammus, is a fish of the family Tripterygiidae and only member of the genus Ucla, found in the Pacific Ocean from Viet Nam, the Philippines, Palau and the Caroline Islands to Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Christmas Island), and the...


During White's years at South Pasadena High School while filming Family Matters, White did a physics experiment on tape for his physics teacher, Mike Kemp. This video became well known with students at South Pasadena High School because Kemp showed it to every physics student at SPHS until he retired in 2004. When not filming, White played basketball at South Pasadena High School. Family Matters (TV series) also refers to a popular television series. ...


Early career

White got his start on TV commercials and guest starring roles on different shows. White's acting career began at age three with Kelloggs and other commercials after his preschool teacher persuaded his reluctant parents to take him to auditions. He landed his first television role as Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight's son on the CBS series Charlie and Company. He next appeared on another CBS comedy series, The Jeffersons. Clerow Flip Wilson (December 8, 1933 – November 25, 1998) was an African-American comedian and actor. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Charlie & Co. ... Jeffersons redirects here. ...


He was considered for the part of a main character on the NBC Saturday morning sitcom Saved by the Bell, but lost out to another actor. He appeared on Full House as the cousin of one of D.J.'s friends, as well as on Step By Step',' dropping in with a jet pack. This article is about the television network. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Saved by the Bell is an American dramatic sitcom that originally aired between 1989 and 1993. ... Full House was a popular American television family sitcom that originally ran from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995 on ABC. // Full House is set in San Francisco, California, where Danny Tanner is left to raise his three young daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle following the death of... Step by Step may refer to: Step by Step (TV series), a sitcom that aired on ABC in the 1990s. ...


White was a main character in a 1990 movie called Camp Cucamonga; it also featured Candace Cameron from Full House as well as Danica McKellar and Josh Saviano from The Wonder Years, Breckin Meyer and Jennifer Aniston.


Family Matters

Originating his most famous role, Steven 'Steve' Quincy Urkel, on Family Matters as an initial guest appearance, White received a standing ovation for his performance and drew approving chants from a group of college fraternity brothers who were in the studio audience. He created the role by borrowing his dad's dental glasses (his father was a dentist), hiking up his pants, bending his knees, and speaking in a high-pitched geeky tone. He was given a full-time starring role, and soon became an all time favorite TV character during the run of the series. The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ...


He also played several other members of the Urkel family, including his alter ego Stefan Urquelle, Myrtle Urkel and Bruce Lee Urkel.


By the show's final season, he was commanding $100,000 per episode. Unfortunately, White was so tightly defined by his Urkel character that it became hard for him to get other roles after the show's run completed. Having played the part since he was a teenager, he was also considerably taller towards the latter part of the show's run; thus disallowed from weightlifting, and required to shave immediately before filming each show in order to retain a "nerdlike" appearance. He also had to maintain the character's high-pitched voice as the series progressed, which he declared was "not easy." For other meanings, see typecasting. ... This article is about the sport of weightlifting. ... For other uses, see Nerd (disambiguation). ...

Jaleel White as Steve Urkel
Jaleel White as Steve Urkel

Breakfast cereal During the height of Family Matter's popularity, a breakfast cereal called "Urkel-Os" was produced. It was a sweetened "O" shaped cereal with a picture of the quintessential nerd, Urkel, on the front of the box. Its production run was rather short-lived. Source: http://www. ... Source: http://www. ... Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976[1]), better known as Steve Urkel (portrayed by Jaleel White) was the breakout character on the 1990s sitcom Family Matters. ...


After Family Matters

In 1999, a pilot for UPN called Grown Ups was based around White as a young man striking out into adulthood. Additionally, he co-produced and wrote episodes for the show, in which he also starred as "J", a college graduate struggling to establish his role in life as an adult. The pilot featured another child actor, Soleil Moon Frye famous for her role as Punky Brewster, as the girl whom he chose as a roommate. The writing and comedy was bland and dissimilar from other sitcoms, and Frye was even removed from the series after the pilot. It was cancelled after one season. The year 1999 in television involved some significant events. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... Grown Ups was a sitcom that aired on the UPN network from 1999 to 2000, starring Jaleel White as J. Calvin Frazier. ... Soleil Moon Frye (born August 6, 1976 in Glendora, California) is an American actress and director. ... Punky Brewster was a popular sitcom in the 1980s. ...


White's acting roles were not restricted to sitcoms however; he costarred in the 1998 animated film Quest for Camelot. He was also the voice of the famed video game character Sonic the Hedgehog in most of the American TV shows - Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Underground, as well as a Christmas special. White also had small parts in the films Big Fat Liar and Dreamgirls, and was the voice of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Our Friend, Martin. In 2007, he guest starred on the ABC legal drama Boston Legal, playing a law school graduate interviewing for a job at Crane, Pool and Schmidt. Denny Crane creates a media circus when he tells White's character "You don't sound black". He also appeared on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as Ashley's boyfriend in one episode, and also UPN's Half & Half as a date of young Mona who left her at the end of the episode for a waitress. That waitress was a guest star named Keenyah who placed third on cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model. The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... Quest for Camelot is an animated feature from Warner Bros. ... A voice actor (also a voice artist) is a person who provides voices for animated characters (including those in feature films, television series, animated shorts), voice-overs in radio and television commercials, audio dramas, dubbed foreign language films, video games, puppet shows, and amusement rides. ... This article is about the character. ... Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series that was first broadcast in September 1993, and has been running in cartoon syndication ever since. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series created by DiC, also known as SatAM because it was originally aired in the United States on a Saturday morning slot. ... Sonic Underground is an animated television series that follows the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and his siblings, pink hedgehog Sonia and green-hued Manic. ... Big Fat Liar is a 2002 comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), Paul Giamatti and Nickelodeons Amanda Bynes // Jason Shephard (Frankie Muniz), a fourteen-year-old boy residing in the fictional town of Greenbury, Michigan, was known as a stealthy but not... Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... Martin Luther King redirects here. ... Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated childrens educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... Information Gender Male Date of birth 1932 or 1933 Occupation Lawyer Portrayed by William Shatner Created by David E. Kelley Dennis Denny Crane is a fictional character on the television series Boston Legal. ...


Filmography

Quest for Camelot is an animated feature from Warner Bros. ... Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated childrens educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. ... Big Fat Liar is a 2002 comedy directed by Shawn Levy and starring Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), Paul Giamatti and Nickelodeons Amanda Bynes // Jason Shephard (Frankie Muniz), a fourteen-year-old boy residing in the fictional town of Greenbury, Michigan, was known as a stealthy but not... Puff, Puff, Pass is a 2006 comedic stoner crime film directed by American Mekhi Phifer. ... Dreamgirls is a 2006 American musical film jointly produced and released by DreamWorks Pictures and Paramount Pictures. ... 2008 in film is expected to feature another battle of the sequels, as many properties release new installments, including: Rambo, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Dark Knight, The Incredible Hulk...

Television/video game works

Jaleel White in his appearance as Derek on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ashley's love interest

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an Emmy, BAFTA, and RTS-award winning popular American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. ... Charlie & Co. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Family Matters is an American sitcom about a middle-class African-American family living in Chicago. ... Step by Step was an American television sitcom which was aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and with a network change moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. ... Full House was a popular American television family sitcom that originally ran from September 22, 1987 to May 23, 1995 on ABC. // Full House is set in San Francisco, California, where Danny Tanner is left to raise his three young daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle following the death of... Camp Cucamonga is a made-for-television movie aired in 1990. ... Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog (or AoStH for short) is an American animated television series that was first broadcast in September 1993, and has been running in cartoon syndication ever since. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is an American animated television series created by DiC, also known as SatAM because it was originally aired in the United States on a Saturday morning slot. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an Emmy, BAFTA, and RTS-award winning popular American television sitcom that aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. ... Sonic Christmas Blast was a holiday episode special for the Sonic the Hedgehog and Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon series produced by DiC Entertainment. ... Sonic Underground is an animated television series that follows the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog and his siblings, pink hedgehog Sonia and green-hued Manic. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Grown Ups was a sitcom that aired on the UPN network from 1999 to 2000, starring Jaleel White as J. Calvin Frazier. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Inspector Gadget is an animated television series about a clumsy, absent-minded, and oblivious detective, Inspector Gadget, who is a cyborg with various gadgets built into his anatomy. ... Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... The Game redirects here. ...

References

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Jaleel White - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (512 words)
White was over 6 feet tall towards the latter part of the show's run, and was disallowed from weightlifting and required to shave immediately before filming each show in order to retain a "nerdlike" appearance.
White's acting roles were not restricted to sitcoms however; he costarred in the ensemble animated film Quest for Camelot which was released in 1998.
White also made a cameo appearance in the movie Big Fat Liar and was the voice of 'Martin' in Our Friend, Martin.
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