Dad Saves America
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Jaleel White on Family Matters, Portraying Steve Urkel, Child Acting & Fatherhood

Jaleel White on Family Matters, Portraying Steve Urkel, Child Acting & Fatherhood

Jaleel White, widely recognized for his iconic role as Steve Urkel in "Family Matters," has a career that spans far beyond this memorable character. Starting in the industry as a child actor, he featured in dozens of national commercials and various classic TV shows, including "Mr. Belvedere" and "The Jeffersons." Beyond the screen, Jaleel is deeply committed to his role as a single father. He embraces the challenges and rewards of parenting with a hands-on and thoughtful approach, focusing on being present and observant but knowing when not to intervene and let his daughter figure things out for herself.



[0:00] Jaleel’s start as a child actor

[13:23] Growing up as Steve Urkel

[19:43] Having a child changed everything

[29:10] Why child actors struggle with growing up

[35:12] Parent at the level your child is ready for

[46:23] Always observe, but don’t always intervene

[50:55] How boys and girls make friends

[56:06] Dads need to persevere through custody battles

[1:02:01] If your intentions are good, time is on your side

[1:08:06] Lightning round Q&A


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Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America
Dad Saves America is all about celebrating dads and fatherhood. Fatherhood is the greatest opportunity to make a positive impact you will have in your lifetime. We’re figuring out how to raise a generation of resilient, independent-minded kids who are ready to embrace freedom in their future. Top experts and engaging personalities, including Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Adam Curry, Daymond John, and Jay Glazer, trade stories of childhood, parenthood, and all the issues impacting how we raise our kids with host John Papola.