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Jesse Williams          

Actor, Director, Producer & Activist; Best Known for "Grey's Anatomy"

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams began his professional career teaching high school in low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there he moved to New York City and, after working at a law firm, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre under the direction of award-winning playwright Edward Albee in The Sandbox.

Williams is in his 8th season as Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy and most recently served as senior producer and correspondent for EPIX docuseries America Divided with Norman Lear. His upcoming film projects include Band Aid, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, and Jacob’s Ladder, a reimagining of the 1990 psychological thriller from LD Entertainment and Will Packer Productions.

He also executive produced the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, which premiered this summer. His feature credits also include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as well as the acclaimed western short They Die By Dawn.

Williams is founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website (QuestionBridge.com). The exhibition was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers and continues to be exhibited in museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Off-screen, Williams hosts the sports and culture-themed podcast Open Run, through a partnership with LeBron James' digital network, Uninterrupted. He is a board member, brand ambassador, and partner in the company Scholly, a mobile app that connect students to scholarships for which they're eligible. Additionally, Williams and his then-wife, Aryn Drake Lee-Williams, alongside renowned artist Glenn Kaino, launched Ebroji, the first curated GIF keyboard designed specifically to enhance the way we already communicate.

Williams gained international attention for his acceptance speech when presented with the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award as a champion of civil rights. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization and Harry Belafonte's arts and social justice organization Sankofa.org.

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Outspoken about Ferguson, Jesse Williams may be this generation's ...

Enter Jesse Williams, the actor who plays the hunky Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC's “Grey's Anatomy.” Williams appeared on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday.

Django, in chains

By Jesse Williams, Special to CNN -- Films such as "Django Unchained" carry with them an uncommonly high concentration of influence and opportunity...

Too Many American Students Are Experiencing Hunger

By Jesse Williams -- A new school year is now underway and as I look back on my time as a student, I remember the transition every fall to new classes, friends and homework...

Jesse Williams' BET Awards 2016 Speech: Watch | Billboard

It's safe to say that 34-year-old Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams stole the BET Awards on Sunday night with a wildly inspirational, confrontational speech that ...

Jesse Williams' BET Awards 2016 Speech: Watch | Billboard

It's safe to say that 34-year-old Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams stole the BET Awards on Sunday night with a wildly inspirational, confrontational speech that ...

Jesse Williams gave one of the most memorable speeches in award ...

Jesse Williams was among the stars who got political on stage at the BET awards June 26. The actor spoke passionately about the Black Lives Matter movement ...

Jesse Williams gave one of the most memorable speeches in award ...

Jesse Williams was among the stars who got political on stage at the BET awards June 26. The actor spoke passionately about the Black Lives Matter movement ...

Jesse Williams Wants You To 'Stay Woke' In New Film On Black ...

Jesse Williams wants the world to wake up. In a new documentary titled “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” the well-respected actor and activist is  ...

Jesse Williams Has A Message For Americans Who Say They Aren't ...

Jesse Williams is using his influence, yet again, to help bring power into the people's hands. In an election PSA, posted by super PAC Save the Day on YouTube ...

Jesse Williams Has A Message For Americans Who Say They Aren't ...

Jesse Williams is using his influence, yet again, to help bring power into the people's hands. In an election PSA, posted by super PAC Save the Day on YouTube ...

Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster Join Jay Baruchel in 'Random ...

Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams, Jay Baruchel and Jordana Brewster (The Fast and the Furious) are starring in the indie-horror road trip movie Random Acts  ...

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