The famous comedian and actor Jaleel White is the topic of discussion in this article. Jaleel started his career in acting at a young age. He began his career in the year 1984 and got featured in a commercial at the age of 3. White was seen alongside Bill Cosby in the Jell-O pudding pops’ commercial. White was seen playing the role of Steve Urkel in the sitcom Family Matters. Although he was roped in for a guest appearance at first, White’s performance was highly appreciated making him a permanent member of the cast. He was seen in the series from 1989 to 1998. He came back on screen reprising Urkel in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, a 2019 series by Warner Bros.
White was also seen in the famous television series named Grown-Ups. After working for over 16 years, Jaleel graduated with a degree in film and television in 2001, from the University of California, Los Angeles, popularly known as UCLA. Later, he was seen playing cameos and supporting roles in films like Castle and Dreamgirls, respectively. Jaleel White was the first actor to give his voice to the character of Sonic the Hedgehog. He was associated with the shows Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Underground. Also, he was featured in the Sonic fan film of 2013, like Sonic.
Jaleel has been a name of utter respect in the industry. He is one of the best actors of his time and has gathered immense recognition from his fans and viewers around the world. Here, we will discuss Jaleel’s net worth and his career, alongside his personal life.
Jaleel White Net Worth
Currently, Jaleel White’s Net Worth is around $8 million. The American actor and comedian, Jaleel White is widely known as Steve Urkel of the sitcom Family Matters. He is also a screenwriter and earned a lot through his cameo appearance on various shows like Boston Legal, Psych, and House, to name a few. Also, he has been featuring on various commercials and brand endorsements since the age of 3 years. Thus, the actor has a huge fortune. Currently, Jaleel White’s net worth is around $8 million. During the time of ‘Family Matters’, he got around $180,000 per episode, which made a total of about $4 million every season. The series went on for 9 seasons.
White was also seen in some reality shows like Dancing with the Stars and Total Blackout. In the former, Jaleel appeared as a contestant in the show’s 14th season, and got an overall 7th position. Whereas in Total Blackout, Jaleel appeared as the host of the show on Syfy channel. Recently, Jaleel became a part of the Netflix series The Big Show Show playing the role of Terry.
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In the starting years, Jaleel auditioned for the first time, for playing Rudy Huxtable on The Cosby Show, featuring Bill Cosby. Although he was roped in for the role, which was initially male. But was forced to leave the show, after the character was changed into a female portrayal. Thus, Jaleel was replaced by Keshia Knight Pulliam. He did guest roles in Mr. Belvedere and was seen in the first episode of Good Morning, Miss Bliss, starring Hayley Mills. Therefore, Jaleel’s initial days in the industry were bound by playing cameos and giving guest appearances.
White has got various nominations and has received some awards for his outstanding performances, be it a supporting role or a cameo. Some of these are Young Artist Award. He was nominated for the Young Artist Award for three years, i.e., in 1985 under Best Young Actor – Guest in a Television Series (The Jeffersons); in 1986 under Best Young Supporting Actor in a New Television Series (Charlie & Co.) and in 1991 under the category of Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series for (Charlie & Co.), where he won the award. For ‘Family Matters’, Jaleel won the NAACP Image Awards in two consecutive years (1995 and 1996) under the category of Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress.
In 1996, White was nominated for Favourite Television Actor at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards. Likewise, he won another award for Family Matters in 1997 at the NAACP Image Awards. Jaleel featured in a commercial of Toyota’s marque Scion, which debuted in 2003. Finally in 2017, CBS network was ready with Jaleel’s single camera comedy series Me, Myself & I with Bobby Moynihan, which aired in September 2017. Total of six episodes were released, stalling the release of remaining seven episodes, for a future release.