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Does Jaleel White have a wife? Is the Steve Urkel actor married or dating anyone?

Amber Peake May 6, 2021
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Does Jaleel White have a wife? The actor opens up about his time on the 1990s classic TV show, Family Matters, on the upcoming episode of TV One’s Uncensored, which airs Sunday 8 May. During this trip down memory lane, White also talks about his character on the show, Urkel, and his friendship with late co-star Michelle Thomas.

As the actor looks back on his career, some are curious to know if he is married and if so, who Jaleel White’s wife is.

Who is actor Jaleel White?

Jaleel White is best known for his role as Steve Urkel in the popular 1990s sitcom Family Matters. White became a staple on the show for almost a decade before the show went off air in 1998.

He has since appeared in a number of Hollywood hits, including Big Fat Liar, Who Made The Potato Salad? and Dream Girls.

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Following on from his successful career in both film and TV, Jaleel White is estimated to have a net worth of $8 million.

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Who is Jaleel White’s wife? Is the actor married at the moment?

Jaleel White is not married, although he does have a daughter, Samaya White, from a previous relationship. He often posts sweet snaps of Samaya with his 779,000 followers on Instagram.

It is not known whether the actor is currently dating anyone as White prefers to keep his love life out of the spotlight. But some sites have reported he is single.

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White on joining the cast of Family Matters and his friendship with Michelle Thomas

While his character Steve Urkel is a well-known part of 90s pop culture, Jaleel White’s first appearance wasn’t until the end of season one of Family Matters.

At the time, Urkel was only meant to appear as a guest, but went on to feature as part of the main cast after an overwhelmingly positive response from the show’s audience.

In 2011, White explained how he was cast for the role during an interview with Vanity Fair: “The show had been on for 12 episodes; I came on for episode 13. It wasn’t doing well in the ratings. I got booked on the show and I remember thinking, Great, I can have fun for the week.”

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In his latest interview, however, the actor explained that his appearance on the show was not, at first, very well-received by the cast. While talking as part of Sunday’s episode of TV One’s Uncensored, White explained: “I was not welcomed to the cast at all.

“They know what it was…I didn’t think anything of it being cast to be on Family Mattersbecause it was supposed to be a guest spot, one and done.”

In the same interview, Jaleel White also talked about his friendship with his late co-star Michelle Thomas who played Urkel’s on-screen girlfriend, Myra Monkhouse.

White added: “Michelle Thomas became a very special person…I literally cannot say her name or I’ll cry.”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.