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Jesse Williams Quick Info
Born Name Jesse Wesley Williams
Nick Name JesseHeight 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.
Jesse Williams is currently 38 according to his birthdate August 05, 1981
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
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.
Former High School Teacher, Model, Actor, Voice-Over Artist, Director, Producer (Founder of farWord Inc), Activist
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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)
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
77 kg or 170 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Jesse Williams has dated –
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.
Minka Kelly (2017–2018) – Actress Minka Kelly was introduced to Jesse during a voice-over project for Playstation 4 game called Detroit: Become Human.
Taylor Rooks (2018–2019)
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.
Jesse Williams Favorite Things
Classic Movies – Do the Right Thing (1989), The Neverending Story (1984), Goodfellas (1990)
Book – The 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 Hero – Michael Jordan
First Celebrity Crush – Actress Pam Grier
Source – Glamour
Jesse Williams Facts
His backup career plan was to become a civil rights lawyer or a football player.
The actor is the most self-indulgent while buying sneakers. He likes his sneaker collection more than owning expensive cars.
For a few years, Jesse taught American Studies & African Studies (History) and English in a Philadelphia public school.