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Michael Jai White stars in Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse" on TBS as Marcus, reprising the role that he originated in the movies "Why Did I Get Married?" and its sequel "Why Did I Get Married Too?"

Michael Jai White first garnered audience and critical attention with his portrayal of controversial boxing giant Mike Tyson in the HBO original movie "Tyson." With more than two decades years of experience as a martial artist, he holds a black belt in six Karate styles and over 26 titles, including U.S. Open, North American Open, and New England Grand Champion. His well-honed skills have been employed to choreograph complex stunts in films such as "On Deadly Ground."

In addition to "Tyson," his feature credits include "Spawn," in which he played the title character based on the Todd McFarlane comic books, "2 Days in the Valley," "Breakfast of Champions" with Bruce Willis, "Thick As Thieves" with Alec Baldwin, "Universal Solder: the Return" with Jean Claude van Damme, "Exit Wounds" with Steven Seagal, and Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill."

Television credits include the NBC movie "Mutiny," based on factual events during World War II in which he played the lead character. The film was directed by Kevin Hooks and produced by Morgan Freeman. He also appeared in the TNT original movie "Freedom Song" starring and executive produced by Danny Glover; the short lived NBC drama "Wonderland," and episodes of "NYPD Blue," "JAG," "Living Single," and "Renegade." Most recently, he has starred in "Undisputed 2," "The Dark Knight," the box office smash "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?," and "Black Dynamite," which Michael wrote, and co-produced. White was born in Brooklyn and as a pre-teen was relocated to Bridgeport, Connecticut. At age 14, he was mostly on his own; and at six feet tall and weighing in at 190 lbs, he was easily mistaken for an adult. Having started karate lessons at age eight, he was a black belt by age 12, and later taught karate at the local YMCA in Bridgeport. He graduated high school with honors and went on to college without a clear idea of the direction he wanted to steer his life. He jumped from university to university (UCONN, S.C.S.U.) and major to major (political science, communications, engineering) while also squeezing in an acting class or two—at the HB Studios in NY, Yale University, and Howard University—but never had considered acting as a career choice.

White discovered he had a gift for reaching troubled children when he taught grades five, six, and seven at a junior high school for three years. That experience is what he says is his proudest achievement. Though reluctant to follow acting, he felt he had to get it out of his system. He began auditioning for roles in nearby Manhattan. He eventually landed commercials, theater roles, and bit parts on soap operas. Faced with the difficult decision to leave teaching, he finally did so with the blessing of his students.

In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.

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How tall is Michael Jai White? How old is Michael Jai White? Where does Michael Jai White live? Find out here.

Age: 48 years old
Birthday: November 10, 1967
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Courtenay Chatman (8/6/2005, 1 child)

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