Jaleel White On ‘Breaking Bad’ and Shedding ‘Urkel’

Jaleel White, once Steve Urkel, is all grown up and quite successful behind and in front of the camera.

Family Matters went off the air nearly 15 years ago and the characters from the show are still quite clear in our minds.  The problem with that is the actors that portrayed those characters never seem to be free of that character especially when they were in our homes for nearly a decade.  The Cosby show kids have had to fight tooth and nail to separate themselves from Theo, Vanessa, Rudy, Sandra, and Denise.  But, the list is nearly endless for family show actors that have been type cast because of their success.

Jaleel White is on that long list of characters that are still trying to shake the characters that they built and we cannot ever forget.  Will we ever stop hearing catch phrases like Steve Urkel’s  “Did I do thaaaaaat?” in our ears?  Whether we can or cannot, White and other actors have moved on and they want us to do the same. 

White gave an interview to The Wrap at the Television Critics Association winter press tour.  He was promoting an upcoming SyFy series he’s hosting called, “Total Blackout” where the contestants endure a series of scary challenges in total darkness.  But aside from this show, he’d secretly like a spot on his favorite new hit series, “Breaking Bad”.   The father on the show is Malcolm’s dad, Bryan Cranston, from Malcolm in the Middle.  White figures if Cranston can shake his character to land the lead on Breaking Bad, he should be able to do the same. 

For those of you who are fans, if he could land a spot, he said he would want to be Giancarlo Esposito’s role as the Chicken Man. Check out the interview here.

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