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Michael Jai White (born November 10, 1967) is an American actor and professional martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. White was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, but as his career took off, he moved to Brooklyn, New York. He is an accomplished martial artist, holding seven legitimate black belts in Shotokan, Tae Kwon Do, Kobudo, Goju Ryu, Tang Soo Do, Wushu and Kyokushin, with a specific focus in Kyokushin (although his style incorporates aspects of many different martial arts forms). White started martial arts training at the age of 7. In August 2005 he wed his girlfriend of two years, Courtenay Chatman, an OB/GYN who trained in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.In 2003, he starred in Busta Rhymes` and Mariah Carey`s music video "I Know What You Want". Since 2003, in addition to his on screen roles, White has been doing voice work, including Static Shock, Justice League, and the upcoming Spawn series. White showcases his martial arts skills in the direct-to-DVD film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing. He also appears in Michelle Yeoh`s Silver Hawk in 2004. His newest film, Why Did I Get Married? opened at no. 1 at the box office on October 12. On the July 3, 2007, it was announced White had been cast as mob boss `Gamble` in the Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight. He is also staring in the film Blood and Bone which is slated for a 2009 release.
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