Mike White

Mike White

  • Highest Rated: 91% School of Rock (2003)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% The Emoji Movie (2017)
  • Birthday: Jun 28, 1970
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Screenwriter and actor Mike White's best work has never been afraid to flaunt its sharp edges, and that was never more true than in his breakthrough film, Chuck & Buck, in which the darkly witty humor of his screenplay was matched by his disarmingly eccentric performance as a childlike but obsessive young man. Born in California in 1970, Mike White is the son of Reverend Mel White, a noted author, pastor, and gay rights activist. Mike White studied at Wesleyan University and after completing his education, he moved to Los Angeles and began pursuing a career as a writer. After a two-year stint collaborating with friend Zak Penn -- which resulted in no work that's been produced to date -- White struck out on his own, and scored a lucky break when he was hired as a writer and producer for the WB's teen drama series Dawson's Creek. Upon its debut in 1998, Dawson's Creek was a hit in the ratings, and that same year White received his first screenplay credit for the offbeat teen comedy Dead Man on Campus. After his success with Dawson's Creek, in 1999 White moved on to another teen-themed television show, the critically lauded Freaks and Geeks, where he again served as both producer and occasional writer. The following year, White briefly left teenagers behind with his screenplay for the edgy independent comedy-drama Chuck & Buck; White also co-starred as the childlike Buck O'Brien in what was only his second screen appearance (his first was in a supporting role in Star Maps, whose director, Miguel Arteta, was also behind the camera for Chuck & Buck). While White's performance as Buck earned him the Best Male Performance award at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, and a nomination in the same category at the 2000 American Spirit Awards, he opted to focus on his screenwriting in the wake of Chuck & Buck's critical success. In 2001, he took another stab at TV as writer and producer of the edgy but short-lived prime-time soap opera Pasadena, and 2002 saw the release of two feature films scripted by White, Orange County and The Good Girl. White also played small supporting roles in both films.If to this point it had been fairly difficult to pinpoint precisely where White excelled the most in the worlds of film and television, the multi-faceted entertainer would continue to keep fans contending the matter by writing the Jack Black hits School of Rock and Nacho Libre, and turning in a memorable performance as the put-upon teacher who finds his position hijacked by his hard rocking friend in the former. Supporting roles in the Hollywood misfire The Stepford Wives and opposite John C. Reilly in Artera's dramatic short Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody were quick to follow in 2004 and 2005 respectively, with a key role in Welcome to California finding White cast as a well-known composer attempting to salvage his crumbling marriage to his Hollywood actress wife. Back behind the scenes, White would continue to expand his horizions by writing and directing 2007's Year of the Dog - a comedy-drama feature starring former SNL alum Molly Shannon as an easygoing secretary whose stable life is thrown into a tailspin with the death of her beloved dog Pencil. In the years to come, White would remain active in entertainment, producing and appearing on the series Enlightened.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

30% Pitch Perfect 3 Screenwriter $104.9M 2017
79% Brad's Status Screenwriter Director $2.1M 2017
7% The Emoji Movie Screenwriter $86.1M 2017
74% Beatriz at Dinner Screenwriter $7.2M 2017
43% Song to Song Producer $0.5M 2017
53% The D Train Producer Jerry 2015
68% Magic Magic Producer 2013
No Score Yet Santa Wars Screenwriter 2011
19% Gentlemen Broncos Producer Dusty 2009
60% Heckler Actor 2008
38% Smother Myron Stubbs 2007
No Score Yet Mario's Story Actor 2007
69% Year of the Dog Screenwriter Director Producer $1.5M 2007
40% Nacho Libre Producer Screenwriter $80.3M 2006
No Score Yet Bullrider Actor 2006
No Score Yet Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody? Actor 2005
No Score Yet Adrenaline Cowboys Eight Seconds To Glory Actor 2005
26% The Stepford Wives Hank $59.4M 2004
91% School of Rock Ned Schneebly Screenwriter $81.3M 2003
82% The Good Girl Corny Screenwriter $13.8M 2002
46% Orange County Screenwriter Mr. Burke $41.1M 2002
84% Chuck & Buck Buck Screenwriter 2000
15% Dead Man on Campus Screenwriter 1998
35% Star Maps Michael, Carmel County Writer 1997
83% Jerry Maguire Himself 1996

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Survivor: David vs Goliath
2018
Reality cast member
  • 2018
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
2007
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2011
  • 2010
87% Enlightened
2011-2013
Tyler Screenwriter Creator Director Producer Executive Producer
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Amazing Race: Unfinished Business
2011
Reality cast member
  • 2011
No Score Yet Undercover Boss
2010-2017
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan
2004-2012
Appearing
  • 2007
96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
Billy Balsam
  • 2007
100% Freaks and Geeks
1999-2000
Screenwriter
  • 2000
No Score Yet Dawson's Creek
1998-2003
Screenwriter
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Pasadena
2001-2002
Screenwriter Executive Producer

QUOTES FROM Mike White CHARACTERS

Ned Schneebly
I don't know, why don't you sell one of your guitars or something?
Dewey Finn
What? Would you tell Picasso to sell his guitars?
Himself
Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
Dusty
Don't worry Vania, your brother loves you.
Lonnie Donaho
He was the chosen one! He was born with flesh pockets.