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Brian J. White (born April 21 1975) is an Americanmarker actor, dancer, football player, lacrosse player, stock broker and youth activist.

Personal life

Brian Joseph White was born near Bostonmarker, Massachusettsmarker, the son of Estelle, a financial advisor, and Jo Jo White, a basketball player for the Boston Celtics, sports executive and restauranteur. He is the oldest of six children. White, a graduate of Dartmouth Collegemarker, was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He resides in Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker.


White has played in both the NFL (New England Patriots) and the NLL (lacrosse), earned his certifications as a licensed stock broker (series 6, 7, 63 and 65) and co-founded the professional dance company/community youth outreach organization Phunk Phenomenon Urban Dance Theater. He is also the President of Celebrity Relations for the Warm2Kids foundation, which connects socially conscious celebrities, corporations and community organizations to create a support network that helps teens, families and youth leaders. Additionally White is a founding partner along with director, Sylvain White of Media 3 Films, LLC (, a full-service film, television and broadband production company based in Los Angeles, CA.

White began acting on the small screen, displaying a strong presence in a number of television series such as Moesha, The Parkers, MTV's Spyder Games, UPN's comedy Second Time Around and most notably, as Detective Tavon Garris on the award-winning FX crime drama, The Shield. White moved to film roles. Some of his more notable ones were in Tom Bezucha's The Family Stone, opposite an all-star cast, Rian Johnson's Independent Spirit Award-nominated film, Brick and as Sylvester, the leader of the Theta Nu Theta fraternity in the musical-drama Stomp the Yard, about a young man who, after the death of his brother, is sent to live in Atlanta where he is introduced to college and fraternity life. His most recent roles opposite of Dwayne Johnson aka "The Rock" was in Disney's box office hit The Game Plan. In 2008, he also starred alongside Jason Statham in the fantasy-adventure epic In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale and had a recurring role as Lt. Carl Davis on Producer, Joel Silver's award winning drama series, Moonlight for CBS.

In 2009, he appeared opposite Channing Tatum and Terrance Howard in Rogue Pictures Fighting and also alongside World Wrestling Entertainment superstar, John Cena in the Fox Atomic film 12 Rounds. White next starred in Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself, opposite Taraji P. Henson, which opened on September 11, 2009; and will next appear in a series regular role alongside TV veterans, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula in the new drama series, Men of a Certain Age for TNT premiering in December.

In 2010, he will appear alongside Academy Award Nominee, Richard Jenkins and Emmy Award Winner, Bradley Whitford in the Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard horror The Cabin in the Woods.


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Me and Mrs. Jones Tracy Wainwright
2004 Second Time Around Nigel Muse TV series
The Shield Det. Tavon Garris TV series
Trois 3: The Escort Trent Meyer
Mr. 3000 T-Rex
2005 Brick Brad Bramish
Dirty Detective Sayed
The Family Stone Patrick Thomas
2006 In Justice Scott Burrows TV series
DOA: Dead or Alive Zack
The Heart Specialist Dr. Ray Howard
2007 Motives 2 Donovan Cook
Stomp the Yard Sylvester
Daddy's Little Girls Christopher (uncredited)
The Game Plan Jamal Webber
In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale Commander Tarish
Football Wives Kyle Jameson TV series
Moonlight Lt. Carl Davis TV series
2008 Mama Black Widow Otis Tilson pre-production
The Trunk (film) Anthony Blackmon pre-production
2009 CSI: Miami Kurt Sabin TV series
12 Rounds Det. Hank Carver
Fighting Evan Hailey
I Can Do Bad All By Myself Randy
2010 Men of a Certain Age Marcus TV series
The Cabin in the Woods Daniel Truman


  1. Brian J. White Biography (1975-)

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