While filming the last season of Family Matters, Jaleel made $180,000 an episode.
Jaleel hit puberty during the third season of Family Matters, which required him to put a lot more effort into the high pitched voice.
Jaleel won three Image Awards for his role on Family Matters. He also won a Young Artist Award for the same show.
Jaleel's favorite sport is basketball and has too many favorite teams to choose from.
In school Jaleel was an honor student.
Jaleel is an only child.
Jaleel is a sucker for Jazz music in real life.
Jaleel White's favorite food is: Chicken Saté from Mr. Chow's
Steve Urkel, Jaleel's well known and well loved character from Family Matters, was named number 98 in 'Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters'.
Jaleel's parents Michael and Gail are a regular family. His dad is a dentist and his mom is a housewife.
Jaleel is anti alcohol and anti drug use. He is active in playing a role to help kids who are addicted.
When Jaleel was trying out for the part of Steve Urkel he wanted to wear a pair of black nerd glasses but couldn't find a pair so his dad gave him a pair of ones he kept for his occupation. The crew loved the look and the glasses stayed as well as Jaleel.
One of Jaleel's other favorite hobbies is writing short stories and cartoon drawing.
Jaleel has many hobbies but one of his is making home made ice-cream. He considered doing it professionally when he was a teen.
Jaleel played the Tenant #2 in the movie Easier, Softer Way.
Jaleel went to South Pasadena High School in South Pasadena, California and Henry E Huntington Middle School in San Marino, California.
Jaleel graduated from UCLA Film School in 2001, with a B.A. in Theatre, Film and Television.
Jaleel played basketball on a regular basis with fellow actor George Clooney as their TV set's stage were next to each other.
Jaleel appeared in the TV special Time Out: The Truth About HIV, AIDS and You.
Jaleel played Michael in the movie Who Made the Potato Salad which came out in 2005.
Jaleel is in post production of the movie Easier, Softer Way as Tenant #2, due out in 2006.
Jaleel was considered for a main character role during the casting of Screech Powers Saved By The Bell which went to Dustin Diamond.
After shooting his first scene as Steve Urkel, fifty frat boys in the audience started chanting "Urkel! Urkel! Urkel!" It was then that the producers realized how gifted Jaleel was.
When auditioning for Family Matters, Jaleel came into the office dressed up as and acted like the Steve Urkel we know from the show.
Jaleel loves to play basketball.
Jaleel wasn't allowed to date until he was sixteen.
Jaleel's role as Steve Urkel is his most known character. People reconize him not as Jaleel but as Steve Urkel!
Jaleel stands at an even 6' 0".
Jaleel's role was meant to be a guest shot and not a regular role.
Jaleel was not allowed to grow facial hair while playing Urkel on Family Matters.
Jaleel: I've never really been an attention hound. I just like doing my job, period.
Jaleel: (talking about the rumor of him being dead) I don't even know what to say about that darned thing. As much as you try to live your life your right, you're gonna get sucker-punched now and then.
Jaleel: (on never wanting to play an Urkel-like character again) If you ever see me doing that character again, put a bullet in my head and take me out of my misery.
Jaleel: Being famous is just a part of my life. It's been that way since I was 12 years old. It doesn't matter. If I'm passing through airport security or whatever, people are always going to recognize me. For me, I appreciate the recognition. Sometimes it comes at inconvenient times or sometimes you'll get somebody that doesn't necessarily handle it with as much class as the next person. But for me, it's really all about work. It's really all about work. I did my job well as a young man. I'm proud of the job I did as a young man and I will continue doing more work. The legacy will just take its own shape. It'll just do what it's going to do.
Jaleel: I have one rule when it comes to dealing with comedy. Is it funny? So just because people know me for the work that I've done in the past, doesn't necessarily mean that's specifically my sensibility. If it's funny, I'm all for it.
Jaleel: As much as I try, sometimes I get thrust into the spotlight whether I like it or not.
Jaleel: Nerds rule the world!
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