60 Facts About Jimmy White


James Warren White was born on 2 May 1962 and is an English professional snooker player who has won four seniors World titles.


Jimmy White has won two of snooker's three majors: the UK Championship and the Masters and a total of ten ranking events.


Jimmy White is currently tenth on the all-time list of ranking event winners.


Jimmy White reached six World Championship finals but never won the event; the closest he came was in 1994 when he lost in a final-frame decider against Stephen Hendry.


Jimmy White spent 21 seasons ranked in snooker's elite top 16.


Jimmy White is one of a select number of players to have made over 300 century breaks in professional competition.


Jimmy White was the first left-handed player, and the second player overall, to record a maximum break at the World Championship.


Jimmy White was born in Streathbourne Road, Tooting, London, England, and studied at Ernest Bevin School.


Jimmy White never achieved academic success, as he was often truant from school from the age of eight or nine, spending more and more time at Ted Zanoncelli's snooker hall.


Jimmy White is one of only seven players to have completed a maximum break at the Crucible Theatre, doing so in the 1992 World Snooker Championship.


Jimmy White has compiled more than 300 century breaks during his career.


Jimmy White was knocked out of the 1st round of the Pontins junior competition by John Carney.


Jimmy White followed this success by reaching his first World Championship final.


In 1986 Jimmy White reached his second Masters final, but was defeated by Cliff Thorburn.


Jimmy White won the Classic when he beat Thorburn in the final frame after needing a snooker.


Jimmy White did at least manage to consolidate his number-2 world ranking.


Steve James ended Hendry's reign as World Champion in the 1991 World Championship and Jimmy White, in turn, defeated James to reach the final.


Jimmy White started 1992 positively and picked up his second British Open title, beating Steve Davis in the semi-finals and James Wattana in the final.


Jimmy White won another ranking title, the European Open, shortly after.


Jimmy White was drawn against Tony Drago in the first round of the 1992 World Championship.


Jimmy White has stated that this was among the best matches he has ever played.


However Jimmy White toiled for the remainder of the season, and his struggles continued at the 1993 World Championship.


Jimmy White did manage to overcome Joe Swail, Doug Mountjoy and Dennis Taylor to reach the semi-finals.


Jimmy White did manage to end the season on a high note when he beat Alan McManus to win the Matchroom League.


Jimmy White's form continued to decline the following season and he failed to reach a ranking final.


At the 1995 World Championship, Jimmy White was involved in a controversial first-round match against South African Peter Francisco.


Jimmy White put this controversy behind him and overcame David Roe and John Parrott to reach his tenth World Championship semi-final.


Jimmy White endured further personal problems later in 1996 with the deaths of his brother Martin and mother Lil.


Jimmy White then defeated Marco Fu and John Higgins to reach the quarter-finals of the Masters, and he followed this up with a run to the quarter-finals of the World Championship.


Jimmy White fought back the following season, reaching the final of the 2000 British Open and the semi-finals of the 2000 Grand Prix in the early part of the campaign.


Jimmy White lost in the first round of the 2006 World Championship, although he did beat Stephen Hendry, Ding Junhui and World Champion Graeme Dott to reach the final of the 2006 Premier League.


Jimmy White won 4 straight matches at the 2007 Grand Prix and finished in the third place of his group, thus not qualifying for the main draw.


Jimmy White won one match at the 2008 Welsh Open and two matches at the 2008 World Championship.


Jimmy White won his next qualifying match at the 2009 World Championship.


Jimmy White won the tournament, putting an end to his drought of titles by claiming his first since 2004.


Jimmy White reached the quarter-finals of the Six-red World Championship, topping his qualifying group along the way.


Jimmy White reached the last qualifying round of the Welsh Open, but was whitewashed by Ryan Day, and qualified for the final stages of the China Open, by defeating Liu Chuang, Peter Lines and Dominic Dale, but had to withdraw from the tournament due to visa problems.


At a Legends Tour event in June 2011, Jimmy White compiled a maximum break, unusual for the fact that he potted the first ball off the, meaning his opponent never played a shot in the frame.


At the 2013 World Seniors Championship, Jimmy White lost to Stephen Hendry in the quarter-final.


Jimmy White then reached the last 64 of the next two European Tour Events, losing to Stuart Bingham and Stephen Maguire respectively.


Jimmy White made it to the quarter-final of a ranking event at the Paul Hunter Classic in Germany, his first for over ten years.


In Jimmy White's first ranking event of the season, he made it to the last 16 having only made three breaks over 50.


Jimmy White won his first professional title in seven years after winning the UK Seniors Championship as part of the World Seniors Tour.


Jimmy White later played in the qualifiers for the 2018 World Snooker Championship, losing his second-round match to Joe Perry.


In March 2021, Jimmy White reached the fourth round of the Gibraltar Open, after defeating 2015 world champion, Stuart Bingham.


In May 2022, at the World Seniors Championship, Jimmy White beat Wael Talaat and Rory McLeod, to advance to the semifinals for the fourth year in a row.


Jimmy White said that he went from taking cocaine to crack following his defeat by Steve Davis in the 1984 World Championship final.


Jimmy White paid the ransom, and Splinter was returned to him.


Jimmy White won the second Poker Million tournament, held in 2003, which had Steve Davis at the final table.


Jimmy White was good friends with professional poker player, Dave "The Devilfish" Ulliott.


Jimmy White is currently a commentator for snooker coverage on Eurosport-UK.


Jimmy White has been a supporter of Chelsea FC since 1972.


In 2018, Jimmy White began a relationship with beauty queen Jade Slusarczyk, 23 years his junior.


Jimmy White had a cameo role as himself in Stephen Chow's 1990 kung fu and billiards comedy film, Legend of the Dragon.


Jimmy White was introduced to the studio audience on each appearance with the song "Jimmy Jimmy" by the Undertones.


Jimmy White was the first winner of the ITV show Tenball, featuring a mix between pool and snooker.


Jimmy White appeared in the 9th series of I'm a Celebrity.


On 23 September 2019, Jimmy White published an apology on his official Facebook page to Kirk Stevens, stating that in his autobiography "Second Wind" he misremembered a few stories as occurring with Kirk Stevens that in fact did not.


Jimmy White further stated that he did not intend his words to be interpreted as meaning that Kirk Stevens introduced him to crack cocaine or that Stevens ever played WPBSA snooker under the influence of drugs.


Jimmy White was portrayed by James Bailey in the BBC film The Rack Pack, which focused on the rivalry between Alex Higgins and Steve Davis in the 1980s.