Jesse Williams (Actor) Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

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Jesse Williams Quick Info
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 77 kg
Date of Birth August 5, 1981
Zodiac Sign Leo
Girlfriend Taylour Paige

Jesse Williams is an American actor best known for playing Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy. He is also a vocal activist for racial justice and won the Humanitarian Award at the BET 2016 ceremony.

Born Name

Jesse Wesley Williams

Nick Name

Jesse

Jesse Williams in an Instagram selfie as seen in October 2019
Jesse Williams in an Instagram selfie as seen in October 2019 (Jesse Williams / Instagram)

Sun Sign

Leo

Born Place

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Residence 

Los Angeles, California, United States

Nationality

American

Education

Jesse graduated from Moses Brown School based in Providence, Rhode Island, in 1998. He acquired a double major Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Pennsylvania.

In March 2005, he moved to New York City to study acting with a talent agent and acting coach, Wayne Gasser of the Gasser Group.

Occupation

Former High School Teacher, Model, Actor, Voice-Over Artist, Director, Producer (Founder of farWord Inc), Activist

Family

  • Father – Reginald Williams (Teacher)
  • Mother – Johanna Chase (Professional Ceramic Artist, High School Art Teacher)
  • Siblings – Coire Williams (Younger Brother) (Landscape, Woodwork, Interior Designer), Matt Williams (Younger Brother) (Footwear Designer turned Illustrator)
  • Others – Khay Riyyah Muhammad (Sister-in-Law) (Visual Artist, Musical Artist, DJ, Bartender, Yoga Instructor)

Manager

Jesse Williams is represented by –

  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • Oronde Garrett, Head Shell Management
  • André Des Rochers of Gray Krauss and Stephen Barnes of Morris Yorn (Attorneys)

Build

Athletic

Height

6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm

Weight

77 kg or 170 lbs

Jesse Williams in a selfie as seen in February 2019
Jesse Williams in a selfie as seen in February 2019 (Jesse Williams / Instagram)

Girlfriend / Spouse

Jesse Williams has dated –

  1. Aryn Drake-Lee (2004–2017) – Aryn was working as a real estate broker when she first met Jesse, who was still working as a high school teacher at that time. They got married in September 2012. Together the couple has 2 children – a daughter named Sadie (b. December 2013) and a son named Maceo (b. August 2015). They got divorced in 2017.
  2. Minka Kelly (2017–2018) – Actress Minka Kelly was introduced to Jesse during a voice-over project for Playstation 4 game called Detroit: Become Human.
  3. Taylor Rooks (2018–2019)
  4. Taylour Paige (2018–Present) – Dancer and actress Taylour Paige hinted dating Jesse Williams since fall 2018 in an Instagram post. The couple publicly announced their relationship through their red carpet debut at Ozwald Boateng Harlem Runway Show in May 2019.

Race / Ethnicity

Multiracial (Black and White)

He has African-American ancestry on his father’s side and has Swedish ancestry on his mother’s side.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Green

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Jesse Williams in a selfie in January 2019
Jesse Williams in a selfie in January 2019 (Jesse Williams / Instagram)

Distinctive Features

  • Ethnically diverse physical features
  • Curly Hair
  • Olive skin tone

Brand Endorsements

  • Before getting a break as an actor, Jesse was cast as a model for Maybelline, L’oréal, Kenneth Cole Productions, L.L. Bean, and Tommy Hilfiger.
  • In 2011, he briefly promoted Levi’s Jeans and got cast as a model for Lane Bryant in 2012.
  • He has also done TV commercials for Target, Pepper, and Verizon Wireless.
  • In 2017, he was also featured with Nicki Minaj in the H&M Christmas commercial.
  • He was cast in MedMen’s first Cannabis commercial directed by Spike Jonze in 2019.
  • He was the chief brand ambassador and partner in the college scholarship search application, Scholly.

Religion

Christianity

Jesse Williams Favorite Things

  • Classic MoviesDo the Right Thing (1989), The Neverending Story (1984), Goodfellas (1990)
  • BookThe Confederacy of Dunces (1980) by John Kennedy Toole
  • Food – Tacos, Burritos, Sopes
  • Social Media Platform – Twitter
  • Websites – The Huffington Post, BBC
  • Twitter Handle – Comedians, The Onion
  • Place To Unplug / Unwind – A beach
  • Sports HeroMichael Jordan
  • First Celebrity Crush – Actress Pam Grier

SourceGlamour

Jesse Williams as seen in 2008
Jesse Williams as seen in 2008 (Applause2.0 / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Jesse Williams Facts

  1. His backup career plan was to become a civil rights lawyer or a football player.
  2. The actor is the most self-indulgent while buying sneakers. He likes his sneaker collection more than owning expensive cars.
  3. For a few years, Jesse taught American Studies & African Studies (History) and English in a Philadelphia public school.
  4. In November 2005, Williams was selected as one of the 14 members in the New York Actors Showcase out of 600 auditions organized by ABC Entertainment TV Group’s casting project.
  5. 2006 onwards, Jesse started booking a series of acting jobs.
  6. He was cast as a model in Rihanna’s Russian Roulette (2009), Estelle’s Fall in Love (2010), and Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me (2017) music videos.

Featured Image by Applause2.0 / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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