How Much Actor Jesse Williams Net Worth Is? Updated 2022!
Jesse Williams Net Worth
Jesse Williams is an actor, director, and activist, but he is best known for playing Dr. Jackson Avery on “Grey’s Anatomy,” an ABC medical drama. Jesse Williams is worth $12 million in total. In movies like “The Cabin in the Woods,” “The Butler,” and “Band Aid,” he has also played a role. As an activist, Williams is a part of groups that fight for civil rights and racial justice.
Jesse Williams Early Life And Career Starting
Jesse Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1981. His parents, Reginald and Johanna, who worked as a potter, raised him. He is a mix of African-American and Swedish. His father is African-American, and his mother is Swedish.
Both of Williams’ younger brothers went on to work in the visual arts. He went to Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island, when he was young. He graduated in 1998. After Williams finished high school, his father went to northern Maine to teach history. Williams then went to Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied African-American studies and film and media arts as two separate majors.
He sometimes worked as a model for Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kenneth Cole during this time. Williams then became a teacher like his father. He taught high school for six years in the public school system in Philadelphia.
In 2005, Williams was one of 14 actors chosen to take part in the New York Actors Showcase, which was put on by ABC Television. Williams was studying acting at the time. In 2006, he made his first appearance on TV as Kwame in an episode of “Law & Order.” Williams also had a recurring role on the surfing drama show “Beyond the Break” in the same year.
Jesse Williams “Grey’s Anatomy” and Television Career
After playing Drew Collins in two episodes of the ABC Family show “Greek,” Williams played surgical resident Jackson Avery on the medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2009. This was his biggest role to date.
The next year, in the seventh season of the show, he became a regular. Williams went on to be the main character in 270 episodes of the popular ABC show, and he was nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor. He left “Grey’s Anatomy” for good in 2021.
In the third season of “Station 19” on ABC in 2020, Williams played Dr. Jackson Avery again. In the same year, he also played Joe Ryan in the Hulu miniseries “Little Fires Everywhere,” which starred Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.
Williams has also been on the crime drama “Power” on Starz and the sketch comedy show “The Eric Andre Show,” where he played himself. Williams did more than just act. He directed the seventh episode of the ABC legal show “Rebel” and was the executive producer of the TV documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” in which he also acted.
Jesse Williams Film Career
Williams’s first movie was “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2,” which came out in 2008. The following year, he was in “Brooklyn’s Finest,” a crime movie with Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, and Richard Gere. Williams played Holden McCrea in “The Cabin in the Woods,” a horror comedy, in 2012.
This was his first lead role. In the 2013 historical drama “The Butler,” he played civil rights activist James Lawson. The movie had an all-star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, Robin Williams, Vanessa Redgrave, John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr., and many more. Williams then played the main character in “Snake & Mongoose,” a movie about sports, and “Money,” a crime thriller.
In the 2017 drama-comedy “Band Aid,” he played a supporting role. Williams had his best year in movies yet in 2019. He starred in the horror movies “Random Acts of Violence” and “Jacob’s Ladder” and played Headmaster Banton in “Selah and the Spades,” a drama about a boarding school.
Williams also acts in movies. In 2020, he will produce the short film “Two Distant Strangers,” which is about police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. The movie ended up winning the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film.
Jesse Williams Theatrical Career
Williams acted in revivals of “The Sandbox” and “The American Dream” by Edward Albee at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City. He was also a guest director at the Urban Arts Partnership 24 Hour Plays Off-Broadway, where student plays were put on.
Jesse Williams Other Media Involvements
Williams has been in several music videos over the course of his career. In 2006, he was in the music video for the rock band +44’s song “When Your Heart Stops Beating.” In the music video for Rihanna’s song “Russian Roulette,” he played the guy she liked. Williams has also been in the music videos for “Fall in Love” by Estelle, “Tell Me You Love Me” by Demi Lovato, and “Legacy” by Jay-Z.
Williams also played the character Markus in the video game “Detroit: Become Human,” where he did voice acting and performance capture. For the 2020 game “NBA 2K21,” he did more voice work and motion capture.
Jesse Williams Personal Life
In 2012, Jesse Williams tied the knot with his longtime love Aryn Drake-Lee. They are the parents of two children, a girl called Sadie and a boy named Maceo, who were born into their union. The couple filed for divorce in April of this year. While going through their divorce, it was found that Jesse earns $521,000 per month ($6.25 million per year) from his business.
The effect of this was that at one point, a judge ordered Jesse to pay his ex-girlfriend $33,000 a month in spousal support. That amount was soon upped to $50,000, and then $100,000 every month, and so on. As they move towards a final settlement, the amount they are owed may be reduced.
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