‘Steve Urkel’ Actor I Demand Respect, Dammit!!!

10/18/2011 5:30 AM PDT
Steve Urkel Jaleel White
The guy who played Steve Urkel on "Family Matters" sounds more like Rodney Dangerfield these days ... dude claims he just can't get any respect as a professional actor.

34-year-old Jaleel White is appearing on a new sitcom called, "Love That Girl" ... and while discussing the variety of other roles he's played post-Urkel, White says he deserves some friggin' accolades.

"I'm very versatile, but somehow I didn't earn the tag of being called a versatile actor" ... White told People.com.

He added, "I'm still chasing that one Vanity Fair tag that says, 'This guy's a versatile actor.' I accept it. It's fine. But for me, it's like what do I have to do to get that [acknowledgement]?"

Jaleel says he still gets recognized as the legendary nerd ... but explains, “I'm not trying to get away from it or anything like that, but I don't miss the role at all – really. I just want to work. I want my daughter to say, 'I know what Daddy does,' not 'what Daddy did."