Jesse Williams is a well-known actor, director, teacher and activist from the United States. He is popular for portraying his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the ABC Television series Grey's Anatomy. He is also popular for his role in American historical drama film The Butler.
Williams was born as Jesse Wesley Williams to Johanna Chase and Reginald Williams on August 5, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. He was brought up together with his two younger brothers.
Williams attended Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, where he graduated in 1998. After that, he enrolled at Temple University, where he graduated with a double major in African American Studies and Film and Media Arts. He holds American nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity, Swedish and African American.
Williams made his acting debut in an American police procedural and legal drama television series Law & Order, which was created by Dick Wolf. The co-stars of this series were George Dzundza, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, and Michael Moriarty. The series was aired on NBC, an American television network.
After a couple of years, Williams featured in an American romance drama films The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, which was directed by Sanaa Hamri. The stars of this movie are Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, and Alexis Bledel. The total budget for this movie was $27 million and grossed $44,352,417 at the box office.
Currently, he is busy shooting for his upcoming American psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder, which is being directed by David M. Rosenthal. The stars of this movie are Michael Ealy, Nicole Beharie, Karla Souza, and Guy Burnet. This movie is the remake of the 1990 film of the same name.
Some of his notable movies and television series are Brooklyn's Finest, The Cabin in the Woods, Snake and Mongoose, Greek, Grey's Anatomy, Seattle Grace: Message of Hope, Sesame Street, and The Eric Andre Show.
Jesse married his girlfriend Aryn Drake-Lee on 1 September 2012. The couple is blessed with two children namely Maceo Williams(son) and Sadie Williams(daughter). He lived together with his wife for five years and divorced her on 18 April 2017.
After the divorce with his ex-spouse, he was linked with his new girlfriend Minka Kelly. However, none of them ever confirmed the rumors.
Jesse Williams is one of the popular actors who earns a big chunk of money from his professional acting career. He has given his role in numerous hit movies and television series from which he must have made a big amount of money. According to recent data of 2018, Williams net worth is estimated to be $8 million.