Zack of DOA
A former professional football player for the New England Patriots (NFL) and professional lacrosse player for the Boston Blazers (NLL), Brian J. White turned to modeling and acting after a serious injury hurt his athletic career. He is most remembered as Detective Tavon Garris (2003-2004) on the award winning FX crime drama “The Shield” and currently plays Lt. Carl Davis on CBS' new supernatural television drama "Moonlight."
On the big screen, the 6' 2" actor could be seen in the films "Brick" (2005), "The Family Stone," (2005), "DOA: Dead or Alive" (2006), "Stomp the Yard" (2007), "Daddy's Little Girls" (2007), and "The Game Plan" (2007). Next, he will star in the upcoming films "In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale," "Fighting," "Hollywood Chaos," "The Trunk," and "King of the Avenue."
Childhood and Family:
“My mother is my hero. She is my single greatest influence on my charitable work. Through her, I have realized what a productive and positive influence I can have on children and future generations.” Brian J. White
In Boston, Massachusetts, Brian J. White was born on April 21, 1977, to a professional basketball player father (legend JoJo White of the Boston Celtics) and a financial advisor mother. He is the oldest and only male of five siblings.
Brian studied Political Science, Psychology and Theater Arts at the Dartmouth College, in Hanover, NH, where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He also played football and lacrosse and after graduation, was signed by both an NFL (New England Patriots) and NLL (Boston Blazers) team. However, an injury hurt his athletic career in 1999 and Brian began modeling and later, acting.
Brian earned his certifications as a licensed stock broker and co-founded a Boston-based professional dance/theater company with Reia Briggs called the Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater. He also owns an online fitness store called The Workout Warehouse Performance Leader. Additionally, he is the president of the online membership community Celebrity Relations for Warm2Kids (We're All Role Models), as well as a founding partner with director Sylvain White of White, LCC and Media 3 Films, LLC, full-service film, television and broadband finance and production companies based in Beverly Hills and Hollywood, CA respectively.
“The power in Hollywood is in producing. If you have your own cameras, then you can put what you want in front of them. Owning a production company doesn’t replace acting, but it helps me have some say in what projects I want to participate in and how those stories are told.” Brian J. White
Brian, whose hobbies include golf and roller blading, also practices martial arts. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
“I play basketball in the NBA Entertainment League, which is a great way to burn off energy. I love camping. Recently, I’ve become very fond of traveling overseas. I’ve gotten to see China, Canada, and have a trip planned over the holidays with my family to Europe.” Brian J. White
Initially playing for both the NFL and NLL, Brian J. White had to cut his athletic career short because of a serious injury. He then turned to modeling and acting. White, who was working as a stockbroker at the time, was discovered by a talent agent in an elevator. He soon found himself cast on the UP sitcom “Moesha,” starring R&B singer Brandy, playing the recurring role of Gabe.
White followed it up with appearances on UPN’s sitcom “The Parkers,” MTV's soap “Spyder Games,” MTV's anthology series “Undressed,” and the Disney Channel Original Series starring Hilary Duff, “Lizzie McGuire.” From 2003 to 2004, he played Detective Tavon Garris on FX Networks' award-winning cop drama series “The Shield” and starred as Nigel Muse on UPN's short-lived comedy show “Second Time Around” (2004).
White also acted in films. He was a member of the all-star cast, which included Claire Danes, Diane Keaton and Rachel McAdams, in writer/director Tom Bezucha's “The Family Stone” (2005). About the film, he said, “I learned so much from the experience and the cast. It’s a really uplifting story about a quirky family that’s just down for each other. They don’t care about anybody else’s opinions about them. I think that’s an uplifting story about family that everyone can enjoy. It makes you laugh and it makes you cry.”
Writer/director Rian Johnson then cast White as jock Brad in the critically acclaimed film "Brick" (2005), alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emilie de Ravin. He also portrayed fighter Zack, who is eventually eliminated by Tina (played by Jaime Pressly), in the film version of the best-selling Ninja fighting game series, “DOA: Dead or Alive” (2006), directed by Corey Yuen.
Recently, in 2007, White acted opposite Gabrielle Union in writer/director Tyler Perry's romantic drama film “Daddy's Little Girls” and opposite Columbus Short in Sylvain White's musical drama “Stomp the Yard,” as Sylvester, the Theta Nu Theta chapter's leader. About his character in the latter film, White explained, “The character I play, Sylvester, is the Theta Nu Theta fraternity president and step team captain who starts off as DJ’s [Columbus Short] antagonist. In my opinion, our fictional fraternity is loosely the personification of the oldest of the divine nine, Alpha Phi Alpha, which exemplifies the ideals of unity, strong personal character and brotherhood held by famous Alpha’s such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Initially, Sylvester doesn’t feel as if DJ’s motives for wanting to join his frat are authentic so a series of events have to occur before he trusts DJ.”
That same year, White also starred in Aaron Courseault's thriller “Motives 2,” in which he delivered a stellar performance as Shemar Moore's estranged brother Donovan, and supported Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in the recently-released football drama/comedy, “The Game Plan.” TV viewers can watch him as Lieutenant Carl Davis, opposite Alex O'Loughlin, on CBS' supernatural television drama "Moonlight," which premiered on September 28, 2007.
Next, White will co-star with Jason Statham and Ray Liotta in Uwe Boll's fantasy adventure epic “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale,” playing Commander Tarish, and star opposite Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard in writer/director Dito Montiel's action/drama film, “Fighting.” He is currently on set filming an upcoming drama film titled “Hollywood Chaos” and will star in “The Trunk,” alongside Thomas Kretschmann. He is also in negotiations to appear in writer/director Ryan Combs' upcoming drama film, “King of the Avenue.”
“I like to work with great talent, period. It inspires me to do my best work. I select projects based on the character first. Is this a character I’ve never played before? I thrive to work in different genres. To me, art is about challenging myself. My secondary goal, by virtue of being a black man, is always to represent a positive image of African-Americans to mainstream America like my cinema heroes, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Denzel Washington, and Will Smith.” Brian J. White