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Jaleel White: Where Is "Steve Urkel" from 'Family Matters' Now?

Jaleel White at the German Comic Con, Dortmund, 2017 
August 12, 2019 - 09:30 / Laura Pérez

Jaleel White started his acting career when he was a kid! During the 1990's he became one of the most prominent child stars and since then he hasn't stopped gaining public attention! But do you know what has he been up to recently? We have all the information!

Jaleel White started his career at a very young age and one of the biggest proofs of that was his role as "Steve Urkel" in the ABC sitcom Family Matters from 1989 to 1998. His character was originally supposed to be a one-time guest appearance but fans loved him so much that Jaleel became a regular cast member. Family Matters aired for nine seasons from 1989 to 1997, and this year Jaleel White will reprise his role as "Urkel" for the first time since 1998 in the upcoming series Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?

Jaleel White as "Steve Urkel" in Family Matters, 1991

What has the Family Matters star Jaleel White done recently?

During his youth Jaleel White auditioned for the role of "Rudy Huxtable" in The Cosby Showbut was replaced by Keshia Knight after Bill Cosby decided to make the character a girl. During the 1990's he appeared in several popular television series like Full House in 1991; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in 1995; and Step By Step in 1997.

In the 2000's he gained public attention after his work in films like Big Fat Liar in 2002, Dreamgirls in 2006, Call of the Wild in 2009, Sonic in 2013 voicing "Sonic the Hedgehog"; and The Preachers Son in 2017. His most recent work is in the 2018 Clint Eastwood's film The 15:17 To Pariswhich tells the real-life story of three men who turned into heroes, where Jaleel played the role of "Garrett Wald."

Jaleel White at the Grand Opening of Shaquille's, Los Angeles, 2019

What about Jaleel White's personal life?

The actor, who was nominated for a Young Artist Award has a daughter named Samaya with his ex-girlfriend Bridget Hardy, who is also an actress. She is best known for her appearances in films like The Pirates of Penzance and Princess IdaThe Family Matters star used to be one of the celebrities who reveal every detail about his relationships, however, in the past few years he has opted for maintaining extreme privacy regarding his love life.

Jaleel White and his daughter at the Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! There's A Party In My City in Los Angeles, 2010

Some quick facts about Family Matter's Jaleel White

-He is passionate about basketball and in his free time he used to play against George Clooney

-He enjoys to do homemade ice cream and at some point considered to do it professionally

-He claims to be against alcohol and drugs

-He likes to write short stories and enjoys drawing cartoons

-He is very active on social media and gives Instagram updates very often!