Black Entertainment : STEVE URKEL

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    Jaleel White on Playing Steve Urkel, Being Dissed by
    Bill Cosby
    & More in 'Vanity Fair'

    You know Jaleel White as a 'Family Matters' star, but he was originally cast as Rudy Huxtable on 'The Cosby Show.'
    Where he is (& what he looks like)

    For better or worse, Jaleel White will be forever linked with his role as super-nerd Steve Urkel from the '90s sitcom 'Family Matters.' The actor chatted with 'Vanity Fair' about his 31-year Hollywood career and there were more than a few surprises.

    Before landing his signature role, White, 34, who now portrays a banjo-playing teacher in the recently released kids' movie, 'Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer,' told 'Vanity Fair' that he just missed out on being part of the Huxtable family on 'The Cosby Show.'
    In what the actor described his "tragic auditioning story," White recalls how he was up for the role of Rudy, who was eventually played by Keisha Knight Pulliam.

    According to White, a meeting that he figured was a "formality with the network" turned for the worse. "A little girl comes walking in, and I'm like-even at eight years old-"Who's she?," he said. "And they're like, "She's auditioning for Rudy, too." So I'm like, "Oh, it's not as much of a formality as I thought."

    But, White said, that wasn't the worst part. Bill Cosby, who wanted his TV family to reflect his real-life family, was in the room as they decided who made the cut.

    Do you have a favorite 'Family Matters'/Steve Urkely memory? Are you glad Jaleel White didn't wind up being a Huxtable?

     

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    http://www.thebvx.com/2011/06/17/jaleel-white-on-playing-steve-urkel-being-dissed-by-bill-cosby/?icid=main|htmlws-main-w|dl2|sec1_lnk3|216297
     
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    I just read that article.... Very funny
     
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    I'm trying to wrap my mind around him being a Huxtable

    but happy he didn't and became the smart nerd who just love the Carl
    or should i say big guy !.........lol

    But i do wonder what he would have been like in the family of the Huxtables

    my best family matters was when he left earth and return to marry his long
    dream and lady he fell for the whole show ........lol
     
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    That's a pretty amazing story. You never know how things are gonna turn out. I'm glad that it worked out this way because I loved Erkel growing up!
     
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    yes what seem gloomy turn out bright for the young man ...now he's a
    childhood star to many......
     
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    Wow! He looks great!

    I thought that the show, Family Matters was a great show, but I did not watch it that much because I must have been busy with my kids, or something. I remember one episode in which he played 'a double' and one character he was a smooth, cool, baller, and I thought he did such a good job in that show. At any rate, I think he would have been great as a Huxtable too, but I'm glad it worked out for him, anyway. They are both two great family shows.
     
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