Jesse Williams
Jesse Williams
as Jackson Avery

Actor Biography

Jesse Williams is an activist/actor/entrepreneur and former high school teacher. He plays Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC's award-winning, critically acclaimed drama Grey's Anatomy and has appeared in films including Lee Daniels' The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Band Aid and the upcoming Jacob's Ladder.

Williams is the co-founder of the Ebroji company and Ebroji Mobile App, a popular cultural language and GIF keyboard. He is also a partner and board member of Scholly, a mobile app that has connected students directly to over $70 million in unclaimed scholarships.

Williams served as senior producer and correspondent alongside Norman Lear for their EPIX Docuseries, America Divided. He executive produced the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, which premiered summer 2016 and is currently touring internationally. Williams co-hosts the sports and culture-themed podcast, "Open Run," with Lebron James' and Maverick Carter's Uninterrupted Network.

Williams is founder of the production company farWord Inc. and the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a series of transmedia art installations on display as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture's permanent collection. Their curriculum and content is available at

Williams gained international attention for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. He is also the youngest to sit on the board of directors for both Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization, and Harry Belafonte's arts and social justice organization,