Steve Urkel actor Jaleel White stars in Cee Lo Green’s Cry Baby video

Jaleel White

Jaleel White, aka Steve Urkel, in Cee Lo Green‘s music video Cry Baby. 

Jaleel White was the bespectacled nerd at the heart of hit nineties show Family Matters, but after the show ended in 1998, we heard little from Jaleel White, who played Steve Urkel.

White, now 34, tried his hand at adult comedy but failed to find an audience and his next biggest role was as the voice of computer character Sonic the Hedgehog.

But his fans have longed to see what became of the clumsy purveyor of crazy inventions and now their wait is over, as he is the star of Cee Lo Green’s video for his new single Cry Baby.

Cee Lo Green

Cee Lo Green, 37, is of course an extremely busy man.

Besides his role as a mentor on the new smash hit show The Voice, which has taken a huge slice of his time over the past year, he has a busy schedule of touring and television appearances to fulfil.

So instead of opting for a hurried shoot on his latest track, the Family Matters fan tracked down White and asked him to stand in as the main man in the video.

The video goes for an old school musical vibe, with White leading a group of adorable dancers in vintage outfits through a retro dance routine in the middle of a quaint city street.

Urkel, and of course his alter-ego White, looks to be in great shape and finally gets plenty of attention from the ladies after spending the show mooning unsuccessfully over Laura Winslow.

In the 60s-inspired video, White dances and lip-syncs like he’s done it all his life.

In fact, he bares a closer resemblance to Steve’s alter-ego, Stefan Urquelle, who appeared in the show in a storyline that involved the protagonist using a “cool juice” to suppress his nerd genes.

White still played the character, but wearing casual clothes and with a smoother delivery – no thick-rimmed spectacles in sight of course.

When the hit show finished in the later ’90s, White was adamant that he had finished with the geeky character for good.

He said in one interview: “If you ever see me do that character again, take me out and put a bullet in my head and put me out of my misery.”

But due to the character’s popularity, White found it hard to get other roles.

Maybe Cee Lo Green can persuade him to resurrect the character after the warm response the video has received.

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