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Born: August 5, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, model, teacher

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Best known for portraying Dr. Jackson Avery on the award-winning, hospital-set primetime soap opera "Grey's Anatomy," 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." 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." The film proved to be a breakthrough for Williams, and in 2009 he garnered a supporting role in the gritty cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest." He also scored recurring roles on television in the beach-set drama series "Beyond the Break" and on "Grey's Anatomy"'s sixth season. 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,"...

Best known for portraying Dr. Jackson Avery on the award-winning, hospital-set primetime soap opera "Grey's Anatomy," 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." 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." The film proved to be a breakthrough for Williams, and in 2009 he garnered a supporting role in the gritty cop drama "Brooklyn's Finest." He also scored recurring roles on television in the beach-set drama series "Beyond the Break" and on "Grey's Anatomy"'s sixth season. 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 popular creator Joss Whedon.

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2006:
First TV appearance was on an episode of NBC's "Law & Order"
2008:
Made his film debut in "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2" as the love interest to Alexis Bledel
2008:
Starred in the off-Broadway hits "The American Dream" and "The Sandbox," written and directed by playwright Edward Albee at Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City
2008:
Appeared on two episodes of the ABC Family series "Greek" as Drew Collins
2009:
Cast as Keya in the failed HBO pilot "Washingtonienne," executive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker
2009:
Joined the sixth season of ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" as Mercy West transplant Dr. Jackson Avery
2010:
Cast as Eddie Quinlain in the crime drama "Brooklyn's Finest," directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Don Cheadle, Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke
2012:
Co-starred in the horror thriller "The Cabin in the Woods"
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Education

Temple University: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania -

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