Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

Highest Rated: 100% Survivors Guide to Prison (2018)

Lowest Rated: 4% Jacob's Ladder (2019)

Birthday: Aug 5, 1981

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Best known for portraying Dr. Jackson Avery on the award-winning, hospital-set primetime soap opera "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC 2005- ), Jesse Williams first pursued acting after a brief stint as a high school teacher in Philadelphia, where he had attended Temple University and dabbled in professional modeling. Williams landed his first television role in 2006, with a one-off appearance in the long-running, New York City-set crime drama "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010). While in New York, Williams won Off-Broadway roles, appearing in "The American Dream" and "The Sandbox," two one-acts written and directed by heralded playwright Edward Albee. Then in 2008, Williams made his film debut with a supporting part in the friendship-centered teen film "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" (2008) The film proved to be a breakthrough for Williams, and he followed it with a supporting role in the gritty cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest" (2009). He also scored recurring roles on television in the beach-set drama series "Beyond the Break" (The N, 2006-09) and on "Grey's Anatomy." After a fiery season finale, Dr. Avery was upgraded from a recurring character to a series regular, and Williams became a vibrant part of the cast. When not shooting "Grey's Anatomy," Williams continued to pursue film work. In 2012, Williams tackled a new genre, co-starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in the horror-thriller "The Cabin in the Woods," penned by Joss Whedon. This was followed by a supporting role in "The Butler" (2013) and a starring role in drag racing drama "Snake and Mongoose" (2013). Williams became increasingly known for his political outspokenness as police killings of young black males became an increasingly dramatic national problem. His passionate acceptance speech of a humanitarian award at the 2016 BET Awards was both praised and vilified across the political spectrum. Williams next co-starred in the thriller "Money" (2016) and appeared in a supporting role in Zoe Lister Jones' indie comedy "Band Aid" (2017).

Highest rated movies

The Cabin in the Woods
Band Aid
Selah and the Spades
Snake and Mongoose
Lee Daniels' The Butler
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
Random Acts of Violence
Secret Headquarters




44% 43% Secret Headquarters Irons (Character) - 2022
94% 65% Two Distant Strangers Producer - 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet With Drawn Arms Self,
Executive Producer
- 2020
57% 25% Random Acts of Violence Todd Walkley (Character),
Executive Producer
- 2019
86% 48% Selah and the Spades Headmaster (Character) - 2019
4% 36% Jacob's Ladder Isaac "Ike" Singer (Character) - 2019
100% 71% Survivors Guide to Prison Self - 2018
88% 73% Band Aid Skyler (Character) $245.1K 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Obama Years: The Power of Words Unknown (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet 80% Money Sean (Character) - 2016
80% 71% Snake and Mongoose Don Prudomme (Character),
Executive Producer
$129.3K 2013
71% 78% Lee Daniels' The Butler Rev. James Lawson (Character) $116.6M 2013
92% 74% The Cabin in the Woods Holden (Character) $42.0M 2011
44% 46% Brooklyn's Finest Quinlan (Character) $27.2M 2009
66% 66% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Leo (Character) $44.1M 2008


No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2022
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2016 2021
84% 75% Grey's Anatomy Jackson Avery (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2020
No Score Yet 52% Station 19 Dr. Jackson Avery (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Tell the Truth Guest 2019
No Score Yet 23% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2017 2019
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018
83% 71% The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 100% Desus & Mero Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009-2010 2017
No Score Yet 0% America Divided Correspondent 2016
No Score Yet 89% The Eric Andre Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mo'Nique Show Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2014
No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009
75% 65% Greek Hotness Monster (Guest Star) 2008