Jaleel White Net Worth: Jaleel White is an American actor and screenwriter. He has an estimated net worth of $8 million. White is best known for playing Steve Urkel on the successful sitcom “Family Matters,” which aired from 1989 to 1998.
Originally intended as a one-time appearance, Steve Urkel became a cultural phenomenon and gave rise to the catchphrase “Did I do that?” He appeared in 204 of the show’s 215 total episodes.
At the height of his career on the show, Jaleel earned around $400,000 per season, or $180,000 per episode. Inflation-adjusted, that is equivalent to earning $300,000 every episode now, or around $7 million per season.
Before “Family Matters,” Jaleel performed in commercials and tiny roles on the 1980s television series “The Jeffersons,” “Mr. Belvedere,” and “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” the forerunner of “Saved by the Bell.”
White also starred in “Grown Ups” (1999–2000) on UPN and hosted “Total Blackout” (2012–2013) on Syfy. Jaleel scored #37 on VH1’s 2005 list of the “100 Greatest Kid Stars.”
Childhood of Jaleel White
Jaleel White was born Jaleel Ahmad White in Culver City, California, on November 27, 1976. His mother, Gail, was a housewife, and his father, Michael, was a dentist; Gail became Jaleel’s manager once he began performing.
White attended John Marshall Fundamental High School and South Pasadena High School before graduating from UCLA in 2001 with a degree in cinema and television.
After his preschool teacher suggested he try acting, Jaleel began starring in advertisements at the age of three, including one with Bill Cosby for Jello-O pudding pops.
In 1984, he appeared as a guest on “The Jeffersons” and was cast as Rudy on “The Cosby Show,” but the job was given to Keshia Knight Pulliam when Cosby decided the character should be a woman.
In 1985, White appeared in the television film “Kids Don’t Tell” as well as all 18 episodes of the CBS sitcom “Charlie & Co. He then appeared in “The Disney Sunday Movie” in 1986, “Mr. Belvedere,” the “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” pilot, and “Jay Leno’s Comedy Hour” in 1987, and “Family Matters” in 1989, before winning the iconic part of Steve Urkel.
Audiences like Jaleel’s portrayal of the Winslow family’s nerdy neighbour, and he featured in 204 episodes, occasionally as Steve’s slick alter ego Stefan Urquelle and relative Myrtle Urkel.
White reprised his role as Urkel on “Full House” and “Step by Step” in 1991, as well as in the 2019 animated film “Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?” Jaleel also penned two episodes of the sitcom: “Grandmama” in 1993 and “Home Again” in 1996.
White has appeared in over 20 movies, such as “Dreamgirls” (2006), “Who Made the Potato Salad?” (2006), “Call of the Wild” (2009), and “The 15:15 to Paris” (2018). In “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog” (1993), “Sonic the Hedgehog” (1993–1994), “Sonic’s Christmas Blast” (1996), and “Sonic Underground,” he voiced the popular videogame character Sonic the Hedgehog (1999).
Jaleel portrayed the lead role in the 22-episode sitcom “The Grown Ups,” and he has been as a guest performer on other television programmes, including “Boston Legal” (2007), “Psych” (2009 and 2012), “House” (2011), and “Castle” (2015).
In 2010, White wrote, produced, and performed in the web series “Fake It Till You Make It. In 2012, he hosted the game show “Total Blackout” and finished seventh on “Dancing with the Stars.” In 2020, Jaleel began recurring on the Netflix series “The Big Show Show.”
Personal Life In 2009, Jaleel and his girlfriend Bridget Hardy had their daughter Samaya.
In 2010, Hardy stated that White hit and shoved her when she confronted him with her concerns that he was unfaithful, but he has rejected the allegations and claims that they were motivated by their custody dispute.
Awards and Honors
White was nominated for a Young Artist Award in 1985 for his guest appearance on “The Jeffersons” and in 1986 for his supporting role on “Charlie & Company.”
Family Matters earned him the Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series in 1991. For his role on “Family Matters,” Jaleel has been nominated for four NAACP Image Awards, winning in 1994, 1995, and 1997.
In 1996, he was nominated for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Television Actor. At the 2017 Disney Motif Awards, White was awarded the Global Humanitarian Medal of Honor in Memory of Theodor Seuss Geisel.