Jesse Williams Biography
Jesse Williams born Jesse Wesley Williams is an American actor, producer, director and activist, well known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey’s Anatomy.
Jesse Williams Age
He was born on 5 August 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He is 37 years old as of 2018.
Jesse Williams Family
Jesse Williams Parents
He is the son of Johanna Chase, an African American with some Seminole ancestry who is a professional potter and Swedish Reginald Williams.
Jesse Williams Wife
He was married to Aryn Drake-Lee. The couple got married in September 2012. He filed for divorce in April 2017 and begun dating actress Minka Kelly. The two broke up in January 2018. He is said to be dating sports reporter Taylor Rooks since may 2018.
Jesse Williams Kids | Children
He has two children from his marriage with Aryn. two children, Sadie Williams in 2013 and Maceo Williams in 2015.
Jesse Williams Brother
He has two younger brothers. Coire Williams and Matt Williams. They work sphere of visual arts.
Jesse Williams Body
Body measurements: unknown
Height: 6 ft 1 in
Weight: 77 kg or 170 pounds
Hair color: blonde
Eye color: blue
Jesse Williams Education
He studied and graduated from Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1998. He then graduated from Temple University with a double major in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts.
Jesse Williams Career
In 2005, he began to study acting and was among the 14 actors chosen to participate in the New York Actors Showcase presented by ABC Television from among over 800 individuals who auditioned. Since 2006, he has appeared in various television series, films and theatre productions. He established a production company, farWord Inc in 2012. He wrote for CNN an opinion piece which analyzed the film Django Unchained in 2013. He did the voice acting and motion capture for Markus in the 2018 PlayStation 4 exclusive game Detroit: Become Human.
Jesse Williams Movies
Snake and Mongoose
Don “The Snake” Prudomme
They Die by Dawn
The Cabin in the Woods
Question Bridge: Black Males
Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Random Acts of Violence
Jesse Williams Tv Shows
The Eric Andre Show
Seattle Grace: Message of Hope
Dr. Jackson Avery
Dr. Jackson Avery
Drew “The Hotness Monster” Collins
Law & Order
Beyond the Break
Jesse Williams Twitter
Jesse Williams Instagram
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Jesse Williams Quotes
- We often grow up being told that we can do this or that, but if you don’t see anybody that looks like you doing it, you don’t believe you can do it. But I had great teachers, and I wanted to be a great teacher.
- If someone says, ‘Democracy is a sham, those people don’t speak for me… the system’s rigged,’ you say, ‘Vote.’ Someone says, ‘I was making a statement by not voting,’ and then you say, ‘Well I can’t hear it.’
- Coming from New York, you’re kind of indoctrinated with anti-L.A. sentiment, but California is just a really dope state
- You have to be up-front from the very beginning about what your expectations of the other person are, and you can’t make any promises you don’t intend to keep.
- I thought that if acting didn’t work out, I’d have done law school or medical school: probably law to be honest.
- I grew up in a really horrible school system, but my parents did not let that define how we function. They gave me more work at home from them than I ever got from school. To learn about the history of myself and my people, and that armors me.
- We as men, in particular black men, are constantly supported, nurtured, forgiven, apologized for, led, followed and coddled by black women, and they get very little in return.
Jesse Williams’ passionate BET Awards speech
Jesse Williams on Why Every Damn Person Should Be Talking Politics
The Grey’s Anatomy star tells us why art and activism can and should be intertwined—all while wearing the chillest clothes of the season.
“Bob Dylan, James Brown, Zora Neale Hurston.” Actor Jesse Williams is naming socially aware artists. “James Baldwin, for Chrissake!” It can be done, he argues. You can be fashionable and conscious. Successful and woke. In fact, I’d argue, it’s simply the modern way to be. And Williams proves it on a daily basis. He’s Middle America’s heartthrob on Grey’s Anatomy, Paris’s latest obsession in Kenzo’s spring campaign, and a steadfast voice in a time of harsh racial conflict. “I’m more comfortable around social-justice work,” he says. “I’ve been doing it much longer, and it means more to me. But I need both to sustain a balanced life. One is more dire and academic. And the other is an absolutely necessary creative outlet for me to stay sane.”
Williams outright rejects the notion that any of us should stay in our own lanes. “You can have your cake and eat it too. You can walk and chew gum at the same time.” That’s what he loves and respects about the artists he lists above—that they were not just socially aware but that social justice was in their souls, it was at their core, just as art was. That said, times have changed and social media has made taking a righteous stand a delicate proposition. “You can definitely fuck things up,” he says. “But it’s feeble minded to say that just because you’re a basketball player you can’t care that your tax dollars go to an organized patrol force that kills people. We absolutely can do both—give me a break.”
Everything he touches he brings an elevated awareness to it. Even something as light hearted as his emoji app: Ebroji. “There’s a subversive undergirding to how we constructed Ebroji,” he says, “but it really is something that embraces inclusion.” Ebroji was also a conscious effort to create a social media-adjacent platform for and by black people. “Our shorthand, our slang, our terminology, and our alchemy around language, current events, and are the driving forces of communication and creativity,” says Williams. “What if a platform was actually designed for us?”
In all of his pursuits—acting, modeling, tweeting, etc.—Williams pulls zero punches. When he speaks up about things like police brutality (when he speaks about anything), there is no mincing of words. So it was with his speech at last year’s BET Awards: “We know that police seem to manage to de-escalate, disarm, and not kill white people every day,” he said on the same stage where Young Thug had just performed. “So what’s going to happen is we’re going to have equal rights and justice in our own country, or we will restructure their function in ours.” It was the most progressive speech of the year, and it was delivered in a Givenchy tux.