Jesse Williams earned his acting chops studying at Temple University and appearing in several off-Broadway plays. He soon transitioned into on-camera work, appearing in Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and on shows like Greek and Beyond the Break. He would go on to appear in Red Tails and The Cabin in the Woods. Williams joined Grey's Anatomy in 2009 as a recurring guest star, before being promoted to a series regular the following season. In 2013, he appeared in Lee Daniels' The Butler as as civil rights activist James Lawson.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Taught English and history in Philadelphia public high schools after graduating from college.
- Moved to New York in 2003 to pursue a modeling career, and soon appeared in Kenneth Cole ads.
- Auditioned for a role as Meadow's boyfriend on The Sopranos.
- Made TV debut in a 2006 episode of Law & Order and film debut in 2008's The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants 2.
- Appeared in Off-Broadway productions, including a 2008 production of Edward Albee's The Sandbox.
- Was the "Hotness Monster" on two 2008 episodes of ABC Family's Greek.
- An avid football player and fan.