He was born to parents Reginald and Johanna on August 5, 1981, in Chicago, Illinois.

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Williams attended Moses Brown School in Rhode Island followed by Temple University in Pennsylvania.

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He graduated with a double major in African American Studies and Film & Media Arts.

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Williams taught high school students for six years prior to his acting career.

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He held the recurring role as Eric Medina in eight episodes of the series Beyond the Break.

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Williams made his film debut in the 2008 romance drama, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.

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He followed up with a small role as Eddie Quinlain in the 2009 crime film, Brooklyn’s Finest, with Richard Gere and Don Cheadle.

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In 2009, Williams was cast as Dr. Jackson Avery in the ABC medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy.

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e was married to Aryn Drake-Lee from 2012 until 2017. He and Aryn have a daughter named Sadie and a son named Maceo.

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Williams is a civil rights activist and member of The Advancement Project’s board of director.

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