'Urkel' Just Turned 40

He's been busy in 18 years since 'Family Matters'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2016 12:10 AM CST
Actor Jaleel White speaks about the Syfy game show "Total Blackout" at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour for NBC Universal in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 7, 2012.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – This just in from the Houston Chronicle's Department of Making People Feel Old: Jaleel White, who played quintessential nerd Steve Urkel in the '80s and '90s sitcom Family Matters, turned 40 on Thursday. In the 18 years since the show ended, White—who played the character for 10 years, starting when he was 12—got a degree from UCLA in theater, film, and television. He also had film roles, appeared on TV series including House and Dancing With the Stars, hosted the Syfy series Total Blackout, and continued to provide the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog in multiple animated series. (Read more Jaleel White stories.)

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