Jesse Williams (actor) Net Worth

Do you want to know how much Jesse Williams is worth? We have the answer for you! First off, let’s get familiar with the person in question, shall we? He is an actor from American. He was born in unknown, on unknown in to the family of Reginald Williams, Johanna Chase and unknown. His talents and gifts as an actor soon became apparent and a promising career path was laid out right before him. It is also worth noting that he attended Temple University and earned the Nicknames of unknown throughout his studies and working career. He stands at 1.87 m in terms of height. Starring in multiple hit movies or TV shows, Jesse Williams has earned global recognition as well as amassing a fortune. In his career Jesse Williams has earned a lot of money and now has a total Net worth valued at $8 million.

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Jesse was educated at Moses Brown School, and matriculated in 1998. He then attended Temple University, studying a double major in African-American Studies as well as Film and Media Arts.

After graduating, he first worked as a high school teacher, then in 2005 decided to study acting, and participated in the New York Actors Showcase. He was among one of the 14 actors chosen, and began appearing in several projects.

Williams made one of his first notable appearances in the television show “Law & Order”, playing the character Kwame. He also appeared in several episodes of “Greek” and “Beyond the Break”, and performed in various stage productions, such as in “The American Dream”, “The Sandbox” and “The Glass Menagerie”. In 2008 he made his film debut in the sequel of “The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants”, and the following year was cast as surgical resident Jackson Avery in the television show “Grey’s Anatomy”, which would start to increase his net worth significantly.

Concurrently he was involved in several film projects, including “Brooklyn’s Finest” which starred Don Cheadle and Richard Gere. He also had his first leading role, in the horror film “The Cabin in the Woods”. In 2015, he was then cast as a part of the film “Money” before trying his hand at executive production, for the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement”.

He also does sporadic modelling projects, for such as “Tommy Hilfiger”, “Kenneth Cole Productions”, and “L. L. Bean”, but never considered pursuing it as a full-time career.

For his personal life, it is known that Jesse married Aryn Drake-Lee, his longtime girlfriend in 2012, and they have two children together, however, in 2017 Jesse filed for divorce. He is also of on the board of directors of the advocacy group called “The Advancement Project”, actually the youngest member. He is also the executive producer of the media project “Question Bridge: Black Males”. He has written articles on “The Huffington Post” and “CNN”. In 2016, he also won a BET Humanitarian Award, and when receiving it delivered a speech on racial injustice and police brutality. The speech caused petitions to try and remove him from “Grey’s Anatomy”, while others battled – successfully – to keep him on.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Jesse Williams
  • Net Worth: $8 million
  • Date Of Birth: August 5, 1981
  • Place Of Birth: Chicago, Illinois USA
  • Height: 1.87 m
  • Profession: Actor
  • Education: Temple University
  • Nationality: American
  • Spouse: Aryn Drake-Lee
  • Children: Maceo Williams, Sadie Williams
  • Parents: Reginald Williams, Johanna Chase
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  • Awards: BET Humanitarian Award, Young Hollywood Award for TV Actor of the Year
  • Nominations: People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Shorty Award for Best in Activism
  • Movies: Grey’s Anatomy, The Cabin in the Woods, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Butler, Snake and Mongoose, Brooklyn’s Finest, Beyond the Break, Band Aid, They Die By Dawn, Jacob’s Ladder, Money, Washingtonienne, America Divided
  • TV Shows: Grey’s Anatomy, Washingtonienne


  • Freedom is always coming in the hereafter. But the hereafter is a hustle. We want it now.
  • It was very important to me to be with a woman who is better than me at some things. You want someone who brings new, interesting things into your life.
  • You have to be up-front from the very beginning about what your expectations of the other person are, and you can’t make any promises you don’t intend to keep.
  • That’s why the role that I have on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is important to me, because it’s a human being. He doesn’t have to wear race on his sleeve; he doesn’t even have to talk about it. We just lead by our actions.
  • Staying true to our goals, Question Bridge as a company and as a project is not singularly about black males. One of the things I’m so excited about Question Bridge is that my vision goes far beyond black males.
  • We should all have the opportunity to at least get a basic education and feel that you are worthy of something in life.
  • I’m very grateful and fully aware that 90 percent of actors are not working. Going from public school teacher to a show like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, I love what I do.
  • As an actor, you want to be able to move your character forward into new ground, but also it’s really interesting to go backwards and unpeel those layers and the interesting elements of what your character is and what informs the decisions that you make so that you can have as much meat to work with.
  • Storybooks were always a big part of my imagination, and my childhood and adolescence.
  • I’m always trying to find the next comedian that just gives me something a little funny to combine with all of the depressing news that I’m processing.
  • I always find that really interesting, you know, when I get to see characters that I love in TV and film and theater around their family.
  • I download, like, forty songs a day, I’m a big music collector and a big record collector.
  • I like to take credit for the work that I have done.
  • I thought that if acting didn’t work out, I’d have done law school or medical school: probably law to be honest.
  • I’m an athletic junkie – I play in all the celebrity all-star games, and I’ve become buddies with a bunch of athletes.
  • We often grow up being told that we can do this or that, but if you don’t see anybody that looks like you doing it, you don’t believe you can do it. But I had great teachers, and I wanted to be a great teacher.
  • There’s so much material out there that’s unnecessarily racist. It takes a shot at what is ‘urban’ or demonstrates blackness with some sassy, neck-jiving character that’s not even relevant to the plot. I see it time and time again, and it doesn’t move the story forward. It just kind of cryogenically freezes us in this old racial paradigm.
  • I’m kind of in a middle space, being marketed as a biracial actor. Roles are written either stereotypically black, or they’re written ‘normal,’ which is just code for white.
  • Storytelling is based on the word, being an honorable person of integrity is based on your word.
  • Coming from New York, you’re kind of indoctrinated with anti-L.A. sentiment, but California is just a really dope state.


  • In New York shooting new movie Money (2016). [June 2015]
  • Married Aryn Drake-Lee, age 32, a real estate broker, on September 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. They have been together for five years.
  • Attended Moses Brown high school in Rhode Island.
  • His father is African-American, with some Seminole ancestry. His mother is of Swedish descent.
  • A former high school teacher.
  • Attended Temple University (B.A.) in Philadelphia, PA


Title Year Status Character
Jacob’s Ladder 2017 post-production
Band Aid 2017
Grey’s Anatomy 2009-2017 TV Series Dr. Jackson Avery
Money 2016 Sean
The Spoils Before Dying 2015 TV Mini-Series Parker
They Die by Dawn 2013 John Taylor
Snake & Mongoose 2013 Don ‘The Snake’ Prudhomme
The Butler 2013/I James Lawson
Rich Girl Problems 2012 Short Peter
The Cabin in the Woods 2012 Holden
J.A.W. 2011 Short Enin
Seattle Grace: Message of Hope 2010 TV Series Jackson Avery
Dirty Dancing 3: Capoeira Nights 2010 Video short Johnny
Beyond the Break 2009 TV Series Eric Medina
Washingtonienne 2009 TV Movie Keya
Brooklyn’s Finest 2009 Eddie Quinlan
Greek 2008 TV Series The Hotness Monster / Drew Collins / Hotness Monster
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 2008 Leo
Law & Order 2006 TV Series Kwame
Title Year Status Character
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary producer – 2 episodes
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement 2016 Documentary executive producer
Snake & Mongoose 2013 executive producer
J.A.W. 2011 Short co-producer
Title Year Status Character
The Survivor’s Guide to Prison 2017 Documentary post-production Himself
Complex Conversations 2017 TV Series documentary Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2016 TV Series Himself
America Divided 2016 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The Eric Andre Show 2016 TV Series Himself
BET Awards 2016 2016 TV Movie Himself
Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement 2016 Documentary
Hollywood Today Live 2015 TV Series Himself
20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
The 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards 2015 TV Special Himself
Celebrity Name Game 2014 TV Series Himself – Celebrity Player
The Queen Latifah Show 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
The View 2014 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Himself – Guest
Mind of a Man 2014 TV Series Himself – Special Guest
The Insider 2013 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2013 TV Series Himself
The 39th Annual People’s Choice Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
The Chew 2012 TV Series Himself – Guest
13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards 2011 TV Special Himself – Actor of the Year in TV
MTV Video Music Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2010 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Himself – Beer Pong at the ESPYs
Rock n’ Gol 2010 TV Movie Himself
The Mo’Nique Show 2010 TV Series Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2010 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
Ok! TV 2015 TV Series Himself
Cinemassacre’s Monster Madness 2014 TV Series documentary Holden


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