Jaleel White Says Steve Urkel Is Like His Mickey Mouse, the “Crown Jewel of His Legacy”

When Jaleel White was on “Dancing with the Stars” five years ago, he mentioned that his character Steve Urkel from “Family Matters” was like HIS Mickey Mouse.  And in a new interview, he explained what he meant.


Jaleel said, “If you go to talk to Disney about anything related to Mickey Mouse, if you can even get the meeting, you’re going to get 50 people in that room.  That is the crown jewel of their brand, and so they protect it.  And so for better or worse, the crown jewel of my legacy still remains Steve Urkel and Stefan Urquelle.”


(That makes sense.  If Jaleel was constantly out there trashing his time as Steve Urkel, that might seem “cool” in the moment, but if we can’t talk to him about Urkel, then what is there to talk to him about?)