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Is This Jaleel White?
image A photo of a young, trendy-looking guy has been doing the email rounds (click here for a larger version), with the caption: "This is Jaleel White." Jaleel White, of course, is better known for playing the character of super-nerd Steve Urkel on Family Matters (I've also heard many rumors that he plays the Mr. Six character in those Six Flags commercials, but I don't think that's true). I guess people are just amazed that White wouldn't be more like Urkel in real life. As for whether the picture really shows Jaleel White, I'm not sure. There's a recent picture of him on his blog on I guess it could be him if he shaved his hair off. (via thighs wide shut / You Can't Make It Up)
Categories: Celebrities, Photos
Posted by Alex on Tue Nov 23, 2004
Comments (112)
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It's not him.
Posted by Maegan  in  Tampa, FL - USA  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  12:07 PM
not him.
Posted by bobo  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  01:12 PM
The face shape in general is good but the eyebrows are too arched, it may look a lot like him but it's not
Posted by Jared  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  01:44 PM
No, not him. It's close, in that he's black and a man, but completely not him in any other way.
Posted by AqueousBoy  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  02:38 PM
Too bad there doesn't seem to be any way to contact Jaleel via hia blog, otherwise we could just ask him if that's him.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Tue Nov 23, 2004  at  03:17 PM
This is not Jaleel White. Look at the eyes more closely. This is just a look a like. Jaleel is much more handsome. This guy is flaming tough.
Posted by shan  in  texas  on  Wed Dec 01, 2004  at  04:45 PM
If it's not him, I'll eat my shorts! I've seen him recently on VH1's "I Love the 80's". Why would anyone think it's not him? And, yes, I would say he's a flamer.
Posted by Derek  in  KC  on  Fri Dec 03, 2004  at  10:44 AM
it's him alright
Posted by jlo  in  philly  on  Sat Dec 11, 2004  at  02:14 AM
No it is definitely not him. Did a google search for "jaleel white" and sandrarose ("jaleel+white"&hl=en&lr;=&filter=0). And found this link: and a link to (click on the google cached version). According to the sandra rose website, she says "PLEASE NOTE: The man in the pictures being widely circulated around the internet is NOT Jaleel White. He is a well-known Atlanta celebrity stylist who does not look at all like Jaleel White. The pictures have been removed from my server." So there we have it. Although, I admit, the prospect of it being JW was funny, not because of the guy in the photo's appearance, but because it seems so out of character, even for JW.
Posted by LT  in  Cali  on  Mon Dec 13, 2004  at  11:58 PM
I am probably Jaleel's biggest fan and definitely have to say that this is NOT him, by any means. So..there's mah two centz.Thanks
Posted by MizzToiya  in  Florida  on  Sat Dec 25, 2004  at  12:54 PM
hi to all,
in italy i see a TVspot of hp digital cam and jaleel is one of people in this spot..(it take a picture on cam)
the pic in question is a hoax and not jaleel.
Posted by colaxxx  in  italy  on  Sun Jan 23, 2005  at  09:16 AM
ok ok, if any of you watch HS football here in socali, you know that he does play football for, i believe, westlake village HS and plays RB. I believe that it him
Posted by just another person  in  socali  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  03:38 PM
Not him. I saw him at Stevies on the Strip in S. Central. Dude I saw would never look like a flamer unless it was for a roll. I don't remember him doing anything other than sports writing lately.
Posted by Nis  in  L.A.  on  Sun Jun 19, 2005  at  04:46 AM
thats not him it looks more like tiger woods shut eye
Posted by Jazmyn  in  tampa  on  Thu Jul 21, 2005  at  04:43 PM
Looks like him, sad to say, but hopefully not him. There's was a little something different about him when he played Stephan!
Posted by GApeach  on  Thu Nov 17, 2005  at  02:02 PM
I recently saw him personally when he came to college ave campus in Rutgers, And that is definetley NOT HIM.
Posted by William  in  Piscataway  on  Mon Nov 21, 2005  at  02:30 PM
Posted by Family Matters  on  Sat Nov 26, 2005  at  09:59 PM
Hi All That is not me that is my cousin my email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Posted by Jaleel.J.White  on  Sat Nov 26, 2005  at  10:02 PM
LOS ANGELES, California (AP) --
Jaleel White, who played 'nerdy'
neighbor Steve Urkel on "Family
Matters" found dead Monday.
He was 29 years old.

White was pronounced dead on arrival after admission to an LA hospital early Monday morning. The death is being investigated as a suicide.

Born Jaleel Ahmad White, he began his career at the age of three acting in television commercials, before landing guest spots on shows such as "The Jeffersons" and "Mr. Belvedere." It was in 1989 that White landed the role that would make him famous, playing wacky neighbor 'Steve Urkel' on the ABC program "Family Matters."

Following the cancellation of "Family Matters" in 1997, friends claim White became obsessed with the character, and grew despondent, despite further successes as star and producer of the UPN sitcom "Grownups", and as a writer for

Neighbor and friend, Bradley Spencer alerted police after hearing what he described as "a loud bang" coming from White's
Los Angeles apartment.

Authorities state that upon entering the home they discovered
a young African-American male with an apparently self-inflicted
gunshot wound to the head. Also found was a note, which read
simply "Did I do that?", a popular catchphrase from the show.

"Jaleel was an uncommonly good man, an exceptional role model and a great comedic actor," said William Bickley, who created the series, and Thomas L. Miller, one of the executive producers, in a joint statement.

"We feel privileged to have known him and worked with him. He'll be missed and remembered every day by his many, many friends," they said.

Actress Kellie Williams -- Laura Winslow on the series -- described White as a consummate professional actor. "Everyone adored him," she said.

"We have all lost a dear, dear brother," said Reginald VelJohnson, who played Carl Winslow.

White, an only child, is survived by "cousins, aunts, uncles, and wonderful friends," Bickley said.
Posted by steven  on  Tue Dec 20, 2005  at  09:57 PM
When I first saw the pic on google I wanted to cry and started to believe it was true because my dad said that some people say that White is gay. But I don't want to believe it. So no, it is not him. Look at the man's hair line and eye brows, it can't be.
Posted by Jasmine King  in  Michigan  on  Tue Dec 27, 2005  at  04:57 PM
Posted by JITERRA JOHNSON  in  TRENTON/FLORIDA  on  Thu Feb 09, 2006  at  06:49 PM
wow this is all FALSE he is not dead nor is he gay and that is NOT him
Posted by N  in  Los Angeles, CA  on  Thu Jun 01, 2006  at  07:10 AM
I think this whole thing is very strange, today there is bunch of chatter that JW is dead, but that article was posted in 2005!! Something strange is going on. I have searched online and have not found one thing that would prove that he is deceased not one news article, not anything. So the question lies where did that so called article come from? Or did SOMEONE make it up to see how much attention it would generate, or to see how far it would go? I am a big JW fan and I am shocked and upset that someone would do this.... I just wanna know the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by JW Fan  in  Washington, DC  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  12:42 PM
This is not a photo of Jaleel White. The picture is of a guy named Patrick from Atlanta. He graduated from North Atlanta High School in 1992. I went to school with him!
Posted by Falcon Fan  in  Atlanta, GA  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  12:47 PM
Also there is no way in hell that is him in that picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if he is gay so what, he is still a talented actor and writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do your thang JW!!!!!!!!
Posted by JW Fan  in  Washington, DC  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  12:53 PM
That's a horrible lie. I don't believe it.
Posted by jessica  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  01:01 PM
Posted by ED from Lb  in  LONG BEACH  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  01:21 PM
This is not Jaleel and it looks nothing like him...Sorry but this is a horrible Joke. Tell the fella in this picture that if spends time trying to be Jaleel who is being him..Whoever he is????????? Life is too short..Be yourself
Posted by M_chocolate  in  US  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  01:28 PM
I dont' believe that for one minute...That is not him...He doesn't even look like that, and even if he is gay, he doesn't seem like the type of guy that would be taking pictures dressed like that and being flashy...... Nope you don't have me fooled!!!
Posted by JW Fan  in  Washington, DC  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  01:39 PM
First, off that is NOT Jaleel White in that picture. That pic was taken from a website called, who is a local photographer in the Atlanta area. The picture is of a local celebrity stylist, by the name of Patrick and I have personally seen him in person and he looks NOTHING like Jaleel. I'm pretty sure he would like for everyone to stop refering to him as Urkel as he looks nothing like him in the picture nor in person.
Posted by pretty_girl  in  ATLANTA, GA  on  Fri Jun 02, 2006  at  01:40 PM
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