Michael Jai Net Worth 2020, Early Life, Body, and Career,
Michael Jai Net Worth – An accomplished martial artist, Michael Jai White didn’t restrict his career in the rings but also explored the movie industry and has become one of Hollywood’s most popular stars. In his right as a martial artist, he holds black belts in seven different styles.
White was born Michael Richard Jai White in Brooklyn, New York on the 10th of November 1967 and was raised by a single mother following the death of his father in his infancy.
At the young age of 7, White began training in the martial arts, starting off with Jujutsu and then shōtōkan before moving on to other styles.
As a teenager, his family moved him from Brooklyn, New York to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he attended Bridgeport Central High School and then Central High School, graduating in 1985.
Michael Jai White then attended Yale University, Brown University, and H.B Studio, where he studied acting. However, before fully going into the profession, White worked as a teacher. He taught emotionally disturbed children for three years before making his acting debut in the film “Toxic Avenger” part 2 in 1989.
With an impressive height of 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) and weighing 207 pounds (94 kg), Michael Jai White is sure to leave an impression wherever he goes. His other body measurements – chest: 51″ (129.5 cm), biceps: 18″ (46 cm) and waist: 36″ (91.5 cm) also leaves the ladies drooling when he goes shirtless.
His breakthrough role, however, came in 1985 when he was cast to play the role of heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in the HBO film “Tyson.” Two years later, White was cast as Spawn in the movie of the same name.
The role has earned him several award nominations, including a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Male Newcomer.
He went on to star alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Universal Soldier: The Return” (1999) and then in “Exit Wounds” (2001) opposite fellow martial artist turned actor Steven Seagal.
During this time, White made sure to not restrict himself to action movie roles alone as he featured in other productions such as the drama television series “NYPD Blue” and “Wonderland,” as well as made-for-TV drama films like “Mutiny” (1999) and “Freedom Song” (2000).
He also made an appearance in the music video “I Know What You Want” by Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey in 2003 before voicing some characters in animated TV series’ like “Static Shock” and the “Justice League.”
White went back to his martial arts roots for the movie “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing” (2006) among many others before he again showcased his acting reach by joining the cast of Tyler Perry‘s “Why Did I Get Married?” (2007), which opened in the box office on October 12, 2007, at number one, before appearing as a mob boss in “The Dark Knight” (2008).
He reprised his role as Marcus in “Why Did I Get married Too?” before again doing some more music video appearances, first in Toni Braxton’s new song “Hands Tied” and then in Nicki Minaj’s “Your Love” where he played her martial arts teacher and love interest.
In 2011, Michael Jai White for the first time in his career, took up the role of a director as he made his directorial debut in the movie “Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown”, which he also starred in. He again starred in its 2016 sequel, “Never Back Down: No Surrender” which he also directed.
Michael Jai White has accumulated an impressive net worth of $3.5 million.