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James Pickens Jr.

Highest Rated:   92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated:   11% Venom (2005)
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African-American character actor James Pickens Jr. sustains one of the longest and fullest Hollywood resum├ęs in recent memory, just in terms of sheer volume of work. Soap opera devotees may remember Pickens for one of his earliest achievements -- his portrayal of Zack Edwards on the long-running daytime drama Another World, from 1986 through 1990. Pickens subsequently divided his time between characterizations on such prime-time programs as Roseanne and Murder, She Wrote, and small roles in A-list Hollywood features. At least in the early years, these films were often, though not always, action vehicles with predominantly black casts, such as the Ice-T and Ice Cube action thriller Trespass (1992), the Wesley Snipes and Dennis Hopper cop picture Boiling Point (1993), and the bullet-ridden Hughes Brothers pictures Menace II Society (1993) and Dead Presidents (1995). Back on the small screen, Pickens could be seen on such popular series as The X-Files, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Six Feet Under, and Philly. Also, in spring 1998, he joined episode writer Larry David and co. as the detective who threw Jerry and his cronies in the slammer on the much-anticipated series finale of Seinfeld; David and Pickens re-teamed several years later for two 2005 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Pickens drew his greatest attention and acclaim, however, when he ascended from bit player to a prominent supporting role as Chief of Surgery Richard Webber on the blockbuster medical drama Grey's Anatomy. This series premiered in 2005 to sensational ratings and quickly became an American institution, thanks in no small part to Pickens's work.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet For the Love of Ruth
  • Stephen
2015
80% 42
  • Mr. Brock
$95.1M 2013
44% Just Wright
  • Lloyd Wright
$21.6M 2010
20% Ball Don't Lie
  • Roberto
2008
11% Venom
  • Sheriff
$0.9M 2005
No Score Yet The Reaper
  • Actor
2005
55% Home Room
  • Principal Robbins
2003
No Score Yet White Rush
  • Denny
2003
92% Traffic
  • Prosecutor Ben Williams
$123.9M 2000
87% Liberty Heights
  • Sylvia's Father
1999
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder
  • Det. Larry Gray
1999
71% Rush
  • Man in Disco
1999
49% How Stella Got Her Groove Back
  • Walter
1998
76% Bulworth
  • Uncle David
1998
12% Sphere
  • OSSA Instructor
1998
22% RocketMan
  • Stevens
1997
88% Gridlock'd
  • Supervisor
1997
45% Ghosts of Mississippi
  • Medgar Evers
1996
73% Sleepers
  • Marlboro
1996
No Score Yet Victim of the Haunt
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Bloodhounds
  • John Groff
1996
No Score Yet The Uninvited
  • Actor
1996
75% Nixon
  • Black Orator
1995
45% Dead Presidents
  • Mr. Curtis
1995
No Score Yet Sharon's Secret
  • Julius Ashmore
1995
No Score Yet Sodbusters
  • Isaac
1994
18% Jimmy Hollywood
  • Cook
1994
No Score Yet Lily in Winter
  • Chick
1994
83% Menace II Society
  • Man
1993
20% Boiling Point
  • Prison Officer
1993
No Score Yet Exclusive
  • Jonathan Heglin
1992
67% Trespass
  • Police Officer Reese
1992
31% Robocop 2
  • Mesnick
1990
No Score Yet A Tiger's Tale
  • Buddy
1988
88% F/X
  • Ambulance Driver
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
73% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Richard Webber
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
74% The X-Files
1993
  • Alvin Kersh Dep. Director Kersh Kersh A.D. Kersh
  • 2018
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1994
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013-2017
  • Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
  • Richard Webber
  • 2009
  • 2007
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • Doctor
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • Actor
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Lyon's Den
2003
  • Terrance Christianson
  • 2005
  • 2003
73% The West Wing
1999-2006
  • D.C. Mayor
  • 2004
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Roderick Charles
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • Det. McKrew McKrew Det. Mike McKrew
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Abner Nathan Foster
  • 2000
  • 1993
No Score Yet JAG
1995-2005
  • Cmdr. Wallace Burke
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
  • Clark Thomas
  • 1998
  • 1997
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Det. Hudson
  • 1998
  • 1993
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988
  • Davey Chuck Chuckie
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • Actor
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
  • Sonny Greene
  • 1993
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
  • Actor
  • 1992
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
  • Henry
  • 1992
  • 1991

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