Jaleel White — who portrayed the beloved ‘Steve Urkel’ character on “Family Matters” — delights a packed room of fans at the 2018 Niagara Falls Comic Con with tales from his varied television career.
Jaleel Bouie White (born November 27, 1976) is an American actor. In 1989, he was cast in the role of ‘Steve Urkel’ on the sitcom “Family Matters.” The character, which was originally intended to be a one-time guest appearance, was an instant hit with audiences and White became a regular cast member. The series aired for a total of nine seasons, from 1989 to 1997 on ABC, and from 1997 to 1998 on CBS. Aside from this character, White is also known as the voice of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ in the animated series “Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Sonic SatAM” and “Sonic Underground.” He reprised his role as ‘Sonic’ in the 2013 “Sonic” fan film.
After “Family Matters” ended, White starred in the UPN series “Grown Ups” from 1999 to 2000. He later attended UCLA where he graduated with a degree in film and television in 2001. He has continued his acting career with roles in “Dreamgirls” (2006), and guest stints on “Boston Legal,” “House,” and “Psych.” In March 2012, White appeared as a contestant in season 14 of “Dancing with the Stars” and was voted off in May 2012, placing him in 7th place. In April 2012, White hosted the game show “Total Blackout,” which aired on the Syfy channel.