"Did I do that?" It's a question that immediately spawns a hundred memories of episodes and moments of Steve Urkel doing his thing. It didn't seem to ever turn out great, but for some reason he never gave up, not for any of the nine seasons.
Jaleel White played the iconic and epic character of Steve Urkel for nine seasons and he completely took over the show. He didn't actually appear until the fourth episode, but as soon as he did, he managed to completely change the whole plot.
White was only 12 years old when he was signed on to do a guest role on Family Matters, but no one could have predicted that his character was going to be so popular. Seriously, he ended up getting a Steve Urkel doll, Steve Urkel cereal called Urkel-Os and made some crossovers to other TGIF shows including Full House.
White acted relieved to be done with Steve Urkel when the show ended. He was interviewed in 1999 and his thoughts on the character made headlines. "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," White said, but later he changed his tune.
In 2011 he spoke with Vanity Fair and addressed the comment. "It’s one of those things that it’s very unfortunate how quotes are taken out of context," White said. "I remember that interview very vividly. I loved playing those characters [...] But the fact is that I was maturing. [...] To be honest, I was retarding my own growth as a man in order to maintain the authenticity to what I thought that character should be."
He did change his mind on whether he would put back on the suspenders. He said, "I’ll always say never say never; I’m a pretty creative person. I can’t envision how I could do it in a way that would be irreverent and fun for both me and the viewing audience..."
There hasn't been any Family Matters reboot talk yet, but what did Jaleel White get up to after the end of Urkel? Well, it wasn't all easy..