Jackson Avery on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"
A native of Chicago who calls Brooklyn home, Temple University graduate Jesse Williams began his professional career teaching high school in low income Philadelphia public charters. 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." This year, Williams enters his 6th season as Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC's hit series "Grey's Anatomy." His feature credits 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) that enjoy museum exhibitions nationwide as well as being official selections of the Sundance Film Festival & Los Angeles Film Festival.
Williams also sits on the Board of Directors at The Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization.
HOMETOWN Chicago, IL
BIRTHDATE August 5
James Pickens, Jr.
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