Jaleel White Net Worth

How much is Jaleel White worth?

Net Worth:$10 Million
Profession:Professional Actor
Date of Birth:November 27, 1976
Country:United States of America
1.79 m

About Jaleel White

Jaleel Ahmad White is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and writer. He’s began acting in the 1980s when he was just a child and quickly rose to prominence. His breakthrough role came in the 1989 sitcom “Family Matters”. He went on to become a main cast member that appeared on all nine seasons of the show. Apart from that show, he’s also known for voicing the character of Sonic the Hedgehog in many productions and for his appearances on other series such as “Grown-Ups”, “Boston Legal”, “House”, and “Psych”.

American actor, comedian, producer and writer Jaleel White has a net worth of $10 million dollars, as of 2021. In 1989, White was cast in the role of Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters.

How Did Jaleel White Get So Rich?

Working in multiple television productions as both an actor, director, and producer is the main reason why the “Family Matter” star is so rich. After short stints in “Silence of the Heart” and “Kids Don’t Tell”, in 1985, Jaleel finally landed the main role in the short-lived CBS series “Charlie and Co.”. He reprised the role of Robert Richmond for all 18 episodes of the show and made a little over $5.000 in total from his work. He spent the next three years working in other television productions that brought him no more than $500 to $1.000.

In 1989, the child actor landed his breakthrough role in “Family Matters”. He was initially asked to join the show as a guest but thanks to his incredible acting abilities, he was inserted into the show and offered a contract. From his work on the show, he earned more than $250.000 as per contract. Portraying the characters Steve Urkel and Steffan Urquelle among many other characters in all 9 seasons and 204 episodes of the ABC sitcom also boosted his popularity and he quickly became a fan favorite.

Why is he so famous?

Jaleel White is famous for his leading role as Steve Urkel in the ABC sitcom “Family Matters”. He was born in Culver City, California on November 27, 1976. Jaleel is the only child of Michael and Gail White. His father worked as a dentist while his mother was a homemaker that later became his manager when he began acting. In the 1980s and 1990s, he attended the John Marshal Fundamental and South Pasadena High School. He graduated from UCLA in 2001 but long before that was already a booming actor.

His acting career actually began when he was just three years old. At that time, he began doing television commercials, with his most notable being one for Jell-O pudding pops where he worked with Bill Cosby. He had a guest stint on “The Jeffersons” and auditioned for a role in “The Cosby Show”, which he failed to win. After failing to earn a role on “The Cosby Show”, he focused his show on sitcoms and began taking part in various auditions with the hopes of finally earning a leading role in one.

What Makes Him So Successful?

Taking part in both films and television series as both a supporting and leading star is what makes Jaleel White so successful. His film debut came in the 1998 musical fantasy “Quest for Camelot” where he voiced the character of Ayden. The following year, he voiced the major role of 15 years old Martin Luther King Jr. in the DVD release “Our Friend, Martin”.

His big breakthrough as a film actor came in the early years of the new millennium with the titles “Dreamgirls”, “Green Flash”, “Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer”, and “The 15:17 to Paris”. Besides these films, he also gained a lot of recognition for voicing Sonic the Hedgehog in many television series and films such as “Adventures of Sonic” (1993), “Sonic Sat AM” (1993), “Sonic Underground” (1999), and “Sonic” (2013).

Concurrently with being a film and television star, Jaleel White also became a film/television director, producer, and writer. Some of the projects that he produced are the TV series “Grown-Ups”, “Fake It Till You Make It” and “Parkin Lot Pumpin”. He also worked as the writer of several “Family Matters” and most recently, directed, produced, and wrote his own talk show titled “Ever After with Jaleel White”.


Jaleel White is best known for his roles in the 1980s sitcom “Family Matters”. In addition to bringing him international popularity, his outstanding performance also earned him several Young Artist and NAACP Image Awards. As of now, he has taken part in more than 100 film and television projects that have earned him more than $10 million.

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