Steven Quincy Urkel (born 1976 or 1977), generally known as Steve Urkel or just simply Urkel, is a fictional character on the ABC/CBS comedy sitcom Family Matters, portrayed by Jaleel White. Originally slated to have been a one-time only character on the show, he soon became its most popular character.
Steve was the epitome of a geek/nerd, with large, thick eyeglasses, "high-water" or "flooding" pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters, and a high-pitched voice. He professed unrequited love for neighbor Laura Winslow, perpetually annoyed her father, Carl, and tried to befriend her brother, Eddie. Amongst the rest of the family, Harriette; Rachel; and "Mother" Estelle Winslow were more accepting and caring of Urkel.
Throughout the series' run, Steve was central to many of its recurring gags, primarily gratuitous property damage and/or personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness. He became known for several catch phrases uttered after some humorous misfortune occurred, including "I've fallen and I can't get up!" after he accidentally got drunk in one episode and fell off of the edge of a building, "Did I do that?" (previously used by Curly in the 1934 Three Stooges short Punch Drunks), "Whoa, Mama!" and "Look what you did" (if, rarely, someone else caused the damage). Later in the show, Steve would say, "At least nobody got hurt!" with Carl saying, "Not Yet!" Steve was also known for his distinctive laugh, which consisted of a loud cackle followed by a nasal snort.
Being a child in the 90's, Steve Urkel was a common part of my life. Hell, I even had that Urkel doll with the pull-string in the back that uttered his common sayings like "Did I do that?" and "Got any cheese?" When I was a kid, I thought he was absolutely hilarious. Now as an adult, I think his character in the first four seasons is still pretty funny, though in the later seasons, his character became too convoluted. Here's … more