How Jaleel White Paid Tribute to Daughter Samaya on Her 11th Birthday – Inside Her Special Day & His Touching Message

Aug 17, 2020
10:57 A.M.
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"Family Matters" star, Jaleel White shows how much of a doting daddy he is to his daughter, Samaya, who recently turned eleven with a heartwarming Instagram post.


In August 2009, former "Family Matters" actor, Jaleel White, received one of the greatest gifts of his life - his beautiful daughter Samaya who shares a striking semblance with him. 

Eleven years later, no one was more excited than her daddy himself when she celebrated her birthday.

Jaleel White arrives for the 8th Annual L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade at UCLA Royce Quad on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images


The actor rushed o Instagram to share the wonderful news with the world that his sweet baby girl was celebrating her special day, posting several cute pictures of her. His sweet message read:

"To count how many of my coolest memories revolve around this young queen is the understatement of my existence."


The actor confessed that he bawled like a baby when his young queen came into the world, revealing that he made a couple of promises to here right there and then.

He promised that he would never feed his daughter the lies that society fed to children and that he would make sure she was better than him in every way possible. He concluded by thanking her spirit for choosing him to be her dad.

In 2017, he starred in "Me, Myself & I," the television sitcom created by Dan Kopelman, which proved a great step in shaking off the shadow Urkel cast over him.


For White's more than half a million followers, they all know just how much the doting father absolutely adores his little girl. Not a week goes by that their timelines are not graced with heartwarming daddy-daughter moments and pictures to brighten up the day. 

The 43-year-old actor shares his daughter with his former wife, Bridget Hardy, who he married in 2006 but parted ways with in 2009. 


Little Samaya is nearly a straight copy of her father and more accurately, resembles him when he was much younger and starring as Steve Urkel on the '90s sitcom, "Family Matters."

White started acting at the age of 3 and burst out into incredible fame with his role as Urkel. As far as any fan of the show back in the day was concerned, White would always be the iconic nerd, Steve Urkel, a common occurrence which child stars struggled to break out from.


For this father of one, breaking out from under the shadow of Urkel and escaping the "child star curse" proved extremely difficult. He loved the character dearly but it did come with its excesses.

Nevertheless, White has continued to do what actors do - act. In 2017, he starred in "Me, Myself & I," the television sitcom created by Dan Kopelman, which proved a great step in shaking off the shadow Urkel cast over him.

White has been in several movies and television productions before and after then. The proud daddy is doing everything he can to make his little mini-me as happy as she can be while leading with a good example.