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Between winning a Grammy, performing his hit song "F*** You" with Gwyneth Paltrow (while he wore a chicken costume) and being a judge/mentor on NBC's breakout hit The Voice, 2011 has been quite the busy year for Cee Lo Green. The 37-year-old singer has been so busy, apparently, that he decided to get an actor to play him in the music video for his new single "Cry Baby." The gig went to none other than actor Jaleel White -- yes, the Jaleel White who played nerdy neighbor Urkel on the '90s sitcom Family Matters. Well, Urkel is all grown up now (he's 34!), looks quite dapper... and, man, can he dance. Watch the video below!
In the video, White ditches Urkel's trademark glasses and suspenders for some sharp-looking (and retro) plaid pants, a cardigan and the confident attitude of a bona fide ladies' man. After breaking up with one girl ("We're two trains passing," he tells her), Urkel-as-Cee Lo bursts into song, shows off his dance skills and attracts a throng of mooning female fans as his backup dancers. It's hard to believe that this is the same guy known for squeaking out the catchphrase, "Did I do that?" on a weekly basis back in the '90s.
White has kept busy since Family Matters ended its run in 1998. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in film and television in 1999, had a small role in the Oscar-nominated 2006 film Dreamgirls, wrote, produced and starred in the 2010 web series Fake It Till You Make It, and starred in the 2010 low-budget action film Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus (which is as awesomely cheesy as it sounds).
While White's casting as Cee Lo in "Cry Baby" is nothing short of genius, Green isn't taking any of the credit. I had no idea they shot a video for cry baby," he tweeted (and, we think, joked). "I hear it's cool though."