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Jaleel White of 'Family Matters' Shares How He Bonds with His Daughter Samaya

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May 10, 2020
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Actor Jaleel White of "Family Matters" fame, posed with his daughter Samaya — who is a replica of her father — as he shared the secret recipe for raising her.


Almost all children bear a resemblance to one or both parents. But sometimes, some kids have an uncanny resemblance to one of their parents.

This is the case of Jaleel White — the actor who played Steve Urkel in "Family Matters" — and his daughter Samaya White, whom he loves to dote on.

Jaleel White and his daughter Samaya at the "Jumanji" movie premiere | Photo: Getty Images

Jaleel White and his daughter Samaya at the "Jumanji" movie premiere | Photo: Getty Images


In a recent picture shared by Jaleel, of himself and Samaya, it is impossible to miss the similarities between the father and daughter.

The picture showed the duo smiling for the camera as Jaleel captured the selfie. The image, which was taken in what looked to be the garage, was captioned:

"So here’s my secret recipe when it comes to this one ??‍? Love, listening, patience, and daily disciplines."


Concluding the caption of the post, the proud father of one expressed that he endeavored to make his shortcomings Samaya's long-goings.

In the photo, Jaleel can be seen wearing a black netted sleeveless shirt with a baseball cap turned backward, while Samaya was dressed in what looked to be a black and white gown with her long black hair flowing freely down the side.

Jaleel once opened up about how he was able to escape the child star curse.


The duo always seem to serve some daddy-daughter goals as he often shares pictures of himself and Samaya having a good time or just hanging out together, grabbing food or snacks.

The comments section was flooded with thoughts and opinions of people stating how much the two looked alike. Some expressed that Samaya was growing up real fast while someone else hilariously advised Jaleel, saying:

"She is so Gorgeous, ?❤️❣️ make sure you have a shotgun. ?."


Jaleel, who has been in the acting scene since he was three years old, once opened up about how he was able to escape the child star curse that plagued children celebrities, stating that it was all thanks to his mother, who always disciplined him when needed.

While it was a bit difficult juggling live on television and living in everyday life, he expressed that his mother made sure he grew up with a semblance of normalcy around him.

Jaleel starred in "Family Matters" in what was supposed to be one episode, but because of the audience's resonance with his character — "Steve Urkel" — he was written into the sitcom.

Interestingly, before he got the part of "Steve Urkel," Jaleel was supposed to star in "The Cosby" show but lost the role to Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played the last of the Cosby's children.

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