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Also Known As: Michael White Died:
Born: June 28, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pasadena, California, USA Profession: screenwriter, producer, actor

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Having emerged from the television world to find success in feature comedies, screenwriter-actor Mike White quickly became in-demand for his scripts that often featured central characters as alienated outsiders, weirdoes and general malcontents who were nonetheless engaging, human and above all hilarious. White broke into the business as a staff writer on the hit teen drama, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003) before entering the feature game as the writer of the mediocre black comedy, "Dead Man on Campus" (1998) and serving as a writer-producer on the cult television series, "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC/Fox Family, 1999-2000). White had his first major breakthrough with the oddball black comedy "Chuck & Buck" (2000), which also featured the writer in the latter title role. Realizing features were his chosen medium, he penned the lighthearted teen comedy, "Orange County" (2002), while reuniting with longtime collaborator, director Miguel Arteta, for the acclaimed indie dramedy, "The Good Girl" (2002), starring Jennifer Aniston. But perhaps his biggest feature success came with "School of Rock" (2003), a Jack Black comedy about a musician moonlighting as a grade school teacher. White, who also co-starred...

Having emerged from the television world to find success in feature comedies, screenwriter-actor Mike White quickly became in-demand for his scripts that often featured central characters as alienated outsiders, weirdoes and general malcontents who were nonetheless engaging, human and above all hilarious. White broke into the business as a staff writer on the hit teen drama, "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003) before entering the feature game as the writer of the mediocre black comedy, "Dead Man on Campus" (1998) and serving as a writer-producer on the cult television series, "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC/Fox Family, 1999-2000). White had his first major breakthrough with the oddball black comedy "Chuck & Buck" (2000), which also featured the writer in the latter title role. Realizing features were his chosen medium, he penned the lighthearted teen comedy, "Orange County" (2002), while reuniting with longtime collaborator, director Miguel Arteta, for the acclaimed indie dramedy, "The Good Girl" (2002), starring Jennifer Aniston. But perhaps his biggest feature success came with "School of Rock" (2003), a Jack Black comedy about a musician moonlighting as a grade school teacher. White, who also co-starred in the film, had written the project specifically for his larger-than-life friend and the results were remarkable, both critically and at the box office. While enjoying the occasional appearance onscreen in small, but memorable roles, and making his directorial debut with "Year of the Dog" (2007), there was no doubt that White was one of the most diverse and prolific talents working in Hollywood.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ride (2014)
2.
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 Smother (2008)
4.
 Heckler (2008)
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 School Of Rock (2003) Ned Schneedbly
6.
 Orange County (2002) Mr Burke
7.
 Good Girl, The (2002) Corny
8.
 Chuck and Buck (2000) Buck O'Brien
9.
 Star Maps (1997) Carmel County Writer
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Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a writer
1997:
Feature debut in Miguel Arteta's indie comedy "Star Maps"
1998:
Hired as a writer and producer for The WB's teen drama series "Dawson's Creek"
1998:
Received first screenplay credit for the offbeat teen comedy "Dead Man on Campus"
1999:
Served as both producer and occasional writer for the critically lauded "Freaks and Geeks" (NBC)
2000:
Breakthrough feature as both actor and screenwriter with the edgy independent comedy-drama "Chuck & Buck," directed by Miguel Arteta
2001:
Wrote and produced the edgy but short-lived prime-time soap "Pasadena" (Fox)
2002:
Penned the screenplay for the lighthearted teen comedy "Orange County"
2002:
Wrote the indie drama "The Good Girl," which once aging teamed him with director Miguel Arteta; also featured as a security guard
2003:
Penned the Jack Black comedy "School of Rock"; also co-starred as Black¿s roommate
2003:
Created the short-lived Fox comedy "Cracking Up" starring Molly Shannon
2006:
Co-wrote with director Jared Hess, the comedy "Nacho Libre" starring Jack Black as a monk who moonlights as a Mexican wrestler
2007:
Made directorial debut with the dramedy "Year of the Dog," starring Molly Shannon as a dog lover whose world is rocked when her beloved pet/best friend meets with an early demise; also penned, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Screenplay
2009:
Competed with his 70-year-old father Mel White on the reality series "The Amazing Race" (CBS)
2011:
Wrote, produced, directed and acted on the HBO series "Enlightened"
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Education

Wesleyan University: Middletown , Connecticut -

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father:
Mel White. Cleric, author. Fundamentalist Christian; ghostwriter for Jerry Fallwell; came out as homosexual; divorced from White's mother; lives with partner Gary Nixon.

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