Birth Date: November 27, 1976 / Age: 37
Birth Place: Pasadena, California
Biography: Jaleel White (b. November 27, 1976 in Pasadena, California) is an American actor, who starred as Steve Urkel on the TV series Family Matters from 1990 to 1998.
He created the role of Urkel, as he was called, and soon became a favorite TV character during the run of the series. Unfortunately, Urkel was so tightly defined around White's appearance and performance that it became hard for him to get other roles after the show's run completed. White was 6 feet tall when he was playing Urkel. Before every episode was filmed, White had to shave to make himself more "nerdy".
In 1999 a pilot called Grown Ups was based around White as a young man striking out into adulthood. The pilot featured another child actor, Soleil Moon Frye, as the girl whom he chose as a roommate. The writing and comedy was bland and dissimilar from other sitcoms, and Frye was even removed from the series after the pilot. It did not last a full season.
He was also the voice of the famed video game character Sonic the Hedgehog in most of his TV shows - Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Sonic Underground.
White also made a cameo appearance in the movie Big Fat Liar and was the voice of 'Martin' in Our Friend, Martin.