James Pickens Jr.

Highest Rated: 92% Traffic (2000)
Lowest Rated: 11% Venom (2005)
Birthday: Oct 26, 1954
Birthplace: Not Available
African-American character actor James Pickens Jr. sustains one of the longest and fullest Hollywood resumés 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet For the Love of Ruth Stephen 2015
80% 42 Mr. Brock $95.1M 2013
45% 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
21% RocketMan Stevens 1997
88% Gridlock'd Supervisor 1997
43% 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
44% Dead Presidents Mr. Curtis 1995
No Score Yet Sharon's Secret Julius Ashmore 1995
No Score Yet Sodbusters Isaac 1994
22% Jimmy Hollywood Cook 1994
No Score Yet Lily in Winter Chick 1994
83% Menace II Society Man 1993
18% Boiling Point Prison Officer 1993
No Score Yet Exclusive Jonathan Heglin 1992
69% 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

CREDIT
80% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Richard Webber
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Alvin Kersh Dep. Director Kersh Kersh A.D. Kersh
  • 2018
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1995
  • 1994
No Score Yet Hollywood Game Night
2013
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Richard Webber
  • 2009
  • 2007
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Doctor
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Lyon's Den
2003
Terrance Christianson
  • 2005
  • 2003
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
D.C. Mayor
  • 2004
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Roderick Charles
  • 2003
No Score Yet Becker
1998-2004
Cliff
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Crossing Jordan
2001-2007
Agent Hawkins
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet City of Angels
2000
Mr. Patterson
  • 2000
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
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Davey Chuck Chuckie
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1988
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Sonny Greene
  • 1993
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
  • 1992
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
Henry
  • 1992
  • 1991

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