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Jesse Williams has transitioned from his days as a model into an incredible actor, filmmaker as well as a human rights activist.
While he studied at Temple University (double majors in Film & Media Arts and African American Studies), he modeled occasionally for Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger and others. He also appeared in Rihanna’s music video of Russian Roulette and Fall In Love by Estelle.
Best Known For
He is best known to fans of medical dramedy, Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Jackson Avery, a role he has played since 2009 but has also starred in the films Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), The Cabin in the Woods (2012), The Butler (2014) and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008).
Jesse is straight. He married his long-time sweetheart, Aryn Drake-Lee in 2012 but he filed for divorce in 2017 when he began a relationship with actress, Minka Kelly. The relationship ended 8 months later.
He was seen to be dating sportscaster Taylor Rooks mid-2018 but they split soon after.
He is one of the 3 sons of Afro-American dad, Reginald Williams and Swedish mom, Johanna Chase with his 2 brothers being Coire and Matt.
He is the father of 2 children with his ex-wife; daughter Sadie (born 2013) and son Maceo (born 2015).
Jesse is a committed Christian with sound knowledge of the Bible and challenges Christians in the US ti stand against modern-day slavery.
Worth To Know
He taught in high school for 6 years as he made his acting debut in 2006 in 8 episodes of Beyond the Break.
In 2016, he won the BET Award for his humanitarian efforts and is acceptance speech as gone one to become a major topic of debate.