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Jaleel White



Jaleel White ascended to cult stardom during his early teenage years with a now-iconic portrayal of ├╝ber-nerd Steve Urkel on the Friday-night ABC sitcom Family Matters (1989-1998). A veteran of television commercials and guest spots on various prime-time series from early childhood, White appeared as a regular on the short-lived CBS sitcom Charlie & Co. (1985-1986), starring Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight. The Urkel role, however, brought about his greatest popularity, and he landed it not long after the series first bowed in late September 1989 (appearing as early as the 12th episode). Though originally intended as a one-episode guest star, White generated massive popularity among audience members -- encouraging producers Tom Miller and Robert Boyett to rethink their strategy for the show. Urkel quickly became not only a fixture, but the program's lucky charm -- the wild card that turned it into a number one hit, much as the same producers had done with The Fonz, years prior, on Happy Days. Over the course of the program's run, White ascended to prominent billing (also mirroring the Fonzie situation). Unfortunately, as time passed, the Urkel characterization became increasingly difficult to sustain, thanks in no small part to White's accelerating age and height -- which dealt the series writers an incredibly difficult hand and forced them to figure out bizarre ways to work around this handicap (strategies included giving Urkel a "cool" alter-ego, Stefan, and affording that persona a great deal of screen time).



The program wrapped in 1998, but in the meantime, White graduated from UCLA Film School, then moved into his heart's true calling -- that of screenwriting. He authored occasional teleplays for such venues as The Disney Channel and PBS, moved into big-screen work (with projects including a feature rewrite for director Joel Zwick), and continued to act on the side. Roles included lead billing in Damon Daniels' independent feature Who Made the Potatoe Salad? (2005) and a supporting contribution to the inspirational volleyball drama Green Flash (2008). He was in the low-budget Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus, and in 2011 he played a teacher in Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer. In 2012 the artist formerly known as Urkel competed on the 14th season of the popular ABC reality series Dancing With the Stars.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Mommy I Didn't Do It
  • Actor
2017
14% Dumbbells
  • The Cult Leader
2014
No Score Yet Santa Con
  • Paul Greenberg
2014
No Score Yet 4Play
  • Jamal
2013
No Score Yet Rhymes With Banana
  • Actor
2012
19% Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
  • Mr. Todd
2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus
  • Dr. Terry McCormick
2010
No Score Yet Call of the Wild 3D
  • Dr. Spencer
2009
No Score Yet Beach Kings
  • Jason
2009
No Score Yet Miracle Dogs Too
  • Leo
2007
No Score Yet Kissing Cousins
  • Antwone
2007
78% Dreamgirls
  • Talent Booker
2006
No Score Yet Who Made the Potatoe Salad?
  • Michael
2006
No Score Yet The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin
  • Teenage Martin
1999
36% Quest For Camelot
  • Bladebeak
1998
No Score Yet Camp Cucamonga
  • Dennis
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet @midnight With Chris Hardwick
2014
  • Panelist
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Martin Thomas
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Tony
Worst Cooks in America
2010
  • Reality cast member
No Score Yet Are We There Yet?
2010-2012
  • Actor
No Score Yet Drop Dead Diva
2009-2014
  • Bob the Host
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Steve Urkel
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Nolan Fremont
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Mickey Franks
No Score Yet Drunk History
2013
  • Actor
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Porter
No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars
2005
  • Reality cast member
  • Actor
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Total Blackout
2012-2013
  • Host
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Kevin Givens
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Kenny Greene

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