Jesse Williams Biography

(Actor and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Jackson Avery’ in the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)

Birthday: August 5, 1981 (Leo)

Born In: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Jesse Wesley Williams is an American model, actor, and activist. He is popular for portraying the character of Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s hit series ‘Grey's Anatomy’ and of Eric Medina in the TV series ‘Beyond the Break’. Besides this, he has acted in the movies ‘Lee Daniels' The Butler’, ‘Money’, ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’ and ‘Brooklyn's Finest’. Coming to Williams’ modelling projects, he has done modelling for many high end brands and companies, such as ‘Tommy Hilfiger’, ‘L. L. Bean’ and ‘Kenneth Cole Productions’, to name a few. Note that the multi-faceted personality is not only a television and film star, but is a popular activist as well. Williams is one of the members of the board of directors at the civil rights think tank and advocacy group, The Advancement Project. He is also the executive producer of the multifaceted media project, Question Bridge: Black Males. Through all his contributions to the world of acting and activism, the American star has earned fans from all over the world.

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Quick Facts

Also Known As: Jesse Wesley Williams

Age: 41 Years, 41 Year Old Males

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Aryn Drake-Lee (m. 2012)

father: Reginald Williams

mother: Johanna Chase

children: Maceo Williams, Sadie Williams

Born Country: United States

African Americans Actors

Height: 6'1" (185 cm), 6'1" Males

City: Chicago, Illinois

Ancestry: Swedish American

U.S. State: Illinois, African-American From Illinois

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education: Temple University

Career
Jesse Williams has done modelling for several brands and companies, such as ‘Tommy Hilfiger, ‘Kenneth Cole Productions’, ‘Lane Bryant’ and ‘L. L. Bean’, to name a few. He has also appeared in music videos for the songs ‘Russian Roulette’ and ‘Fall In Love’.

Coming to his acting career on stage, he has worked for various theatre productions, including ‘The Sandbox’ and ‘The American Dream’ at Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City. His other theatre works include ‘The Glass Menagerie’ off-Broadway.

Williams got featured in an episode of the TV series ‘Law & Order’ in which he played the role of Kwame. He also appeared in two episodes of the series ‘Greek’. He then had a recurring role in the show ‘Beyond the Break’. In 2009, Williams was cast as ‘Jackson Avery’ in ABC’s ‘Grey's Anatomy.’
In the year 2008, Jesse Williams made his film debut through the movie ‘The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2’. The same year, he was offered his first major role as Holden McCrea in the horror film named ‘The Cabin in the Woods’. Then he did the flick ‘Brooklyn's Finest’. The talented actor was also featured in the film ‘Money’.
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Activism

Jesse Williams is one of the members of the board of directors at the civil rights think tank and advocacy group, The Advancement Project. He is also the executive producer of the multifaceted media project, Question Bridge: Black Males. The American actor cum model has written articles and blogs for CNN as well as ‘The Huffington Post.’ In 2016, Williams gave a speech regarding police brutality and racial injustice at the event of the BET Awards.

Personal Life

Jesse Wesley Williams was born on August 5, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. His parents are Johanna Chase and Reginald Williams. The actor has two brothers who are professionals in visual arts. Williams studied at Moses Brown School in Rhode Island. He later on graduated from the Temple University, majoring in Film and Media Arts as well as African American Studies.

Talking about the actor’s love life, he got married to his girlfriend Aryn Drake-Lee in 2012. The couple has two children, a son named Maceo and a daughter named Sadie. In 2017, it was out in the news that the couple has filed for divorce. He was then romantically linked to Taylor Rooks. He began dating Taylour Paige in 2019. In 2022, he started dating Ciarra Pardo.

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