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Jesse Williams

Actor, Director, Producer & Activist; Best Known for "Grey's Anatomy"

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 Jesse Williams Biography

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams began his professional career teaching high school in low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there he moved to New York City and, after working at a law firm, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre under the direction of award-winning playwright Edward Albee in The Sandbox.

Williams is in his 8th season as Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy and most recently served as senior producer and correspondent for EPIX docuseries America Divided with Norman Lear. His upcoming film projects include Band Aid, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, and Jacob’s Ladder, a reimagining of the 1990 psychological thriller from LD Entertainment and Will Packer Productions.

He also executive produced the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, which premiered this summer. His feature credits also include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as well as the acclaimed western short They Die By Dawn.

Williams is founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website (QuestionBridge.com). The exhibition was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers and continues to be exhibited in museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Off-screen, Williams hosts the sports and culture-themed podcast Open Run, through a partnership with LeBron James' digital network, Uninterrupted. He is a board member, brand ambassador, and partner in the company Scholly, a mobile app that connect students to scholarships for which they're eligible. Additionally, Williams and his then-wife, Aryn Drake Lee-Williams, alongside renowned artist Glenn Kaino, launched Ebroji, the first curated GIF keyboard designed specifically to enhance the way we already communicate.

Williams gained international attention for his acceptance speech when presented with the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award as a champion of civil rights. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization and Harry Belafonte's arts and social justice organization Sankofa.org.

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Jesse Williams

Actor, Director, Producer & Activist; Best Known for "Grey's Anatomy"

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Jesse Williams Biography

A native of Chicago and graduate of Temple University, Jesse Williams began his professional career teaching high school in low-income Philadelphia public charter schools. From there he moved to New York City and, after working at a law firm, began his professional acting career, performing off-Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre under the direction of award-winning playwright Edward Albee in The Sandbox.

Williams is in his 8th season as Dr. Jackson Avery in ABC’s hit series Grey’s Anatomy and most recently served as senior producer and correspondent for EPIX docuseries America Divided with Norman Lear. His upcoming film projects include Band Aid, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, and Jacob’s Ladder, a reimagining of the 1990 psychological thriller from LD Entertainment and Will Packer Productions.

He also executive produced the documentary Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement, which premiered this summer. His feature credits also include Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Cabin in the Woods, Brooklyn’s Finest, and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 as well as the acclaimed western short They Die By Dawn.

Williams is founder of the production company, farWord Inc. and the executive producer of Question Bridge: Black Males, a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website (QuestionBridge.com). The exhibition was an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival New Frontiers and continues to be exhibited in museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Off-screen, Williams hosts the sports and culture-themed podcast Open Run, through a partnership with LeBron James' digital network, Uninterrupted. He is a board member, brand ambassador, and partner in the company Scholly, a mobile app that connect students to scholarships for which they're eligible. Additionally, Williams and his then-wife, Aryn Drake Lee-Williams, alongside renowned artist Glenn Kaino, launched Ebroji, the first curated GIF keyboard designed specifically to enhance the way we already communicate.

Williams gained international attention for his acceptance speech when presented with the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award as a champion of civil rights. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Advancement Project, a leading national civil rights advocacy organization and Harry Belafonte's arts and social justice organization Sankofa.org.

Jesse Williams Videos

  • Jesse Williams' 5-Word Speech at the 22nd Annual Webby Awards .
  • John Legend and Jesse Williams on Art and Activism
  • Jesse Williams' fiery BET Awards speech

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  • How to book Jesse Williams?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jesse Williams for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jesse Williams, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jesse Williams or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jesse Williams?

    Booking fees for Jesse Williams, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jesse Williams, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jesse Williams?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jesse Williams for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jesse Williams for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jesse Williams or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jesse Williams or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jesse Williams is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jesse Williams for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Jesse Williams generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Van Jones, Hill Harper, Ilyasah Shabazz, Angela Davis and Spike Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jesse Williams for an upcoming event.

Jesse Williams Speaker Videos

  • Jesse Williams' 5-Word Speech at the 22nd Annual Webby Awards .
    John Legend and Jesse Williams on Art and Activism
  • Jesse Williams' fiery BET Awards speech
    Grey's Anatomy' Jesse Williams: People should be outraged
  • Jesse Williams Interview for The Butler
    Sesame Street: Elmo and Jesse Williams explain Furious

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