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Mike White
Born Michael Christopher White
June 28, 1970 (1970-06-28) (age 39)
Pasadena, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer, Producer
Years active 1997 – present

Michael Christopher "Mike" White (born June 28, 1970) is an American writer, director, actor, and producer for television and film and the winner of the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award for Chuck & Buck.


Early years

Born in Pasadena, California, White attended Polytechnic School and Wesleyan University. White's father is the Reverend Dr. Mel White, a former speechwriter for Religious Right figures such as Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson. White is openly bisexual.[1] His father, meanwhile, came out as gay in 1994.[2]


White was a writer and producer on Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks and wrote and acted in the films Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, Orange County, School of Rock and Nacho Libre. He also had a role in the 2004 remake of The Stepford Wives, and the 2008 film Smother.

He frequently collaborates with actor–writer Jack Black on films. Together they formed the production company Black and White, which closed in 2006.[3] White is not a fan of classic rock, but he wrote The School of Rock (2003) specifically so Black could perform his own favorite rock music.[4]

White made his directorial debut with the self-penned Year of the Dog at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. White is a vegan animal rights supporter [5] and received an award from animal rights group PETA for Year of the Dog.

He was a member of the US Dramatic Jury at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

He appeared on the fourteenth season of The Amazing Race along with his father Mel.[6] They lasted for seven legs before being eliminated in sixth place in Phuket, Thailand.


Year Title Notes
1998 Dead Man on Campus Writer
1998-1999 Dawson's Creek Writer, Producer, Creative Consultant
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks Writer, Supervising Producer
2000 Chuck & Buck Writer, Actor
2001 Pasadena Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
2002 Orange County Writer, Actor
The Good Girl Writer, Actor
2003 School of Rock Writer, Actor
2004 Cracking Up Creator, Writer, Executive Producer
2006 Nacho Libre Writer, Producer
2007 Year of the Dog Director, Writer, Producer
2008 Pushing Daisies Actor, Billy Balsam
2008 Smother Actor, Myron Stubbs
2009 Them Writer
2009 Zombieland Actor, Gas Station Owner
2009 The Amazing Race 14 Himself - Contestant
2010 School of Rock 2: America Rocks Writer

Awards & Nominations


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