Actor Cress Williams was born on July 27, 1968 in Heidelberg, Germany. The son of African-American parents, he attended and graduated from Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. There, he started his acting career by participating in school productions, an ordeal that didn’t work for him initially as reviewers were quick to criticize his acting. Upon graduation, he plunged into acting for the screen, making his debut through a recurring role in Beverly Hills 90210 in 1993. He later made his film debut in 1995’s The Doom Generation.
Williams then appeared in other television shows, such as NYPD Blue, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, JAG, Becker and Sports Night, as well as in notable recurring roles for Leaving L.A., Living Single, Nash Bridges, ER and Providence. He also starred in films such as Rolling Thunder, Fallen and Pursuit of Happiness. After further roles in television—House, Veronica Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing, among others—he became a regular player in the legal drama Close to Home, joining the second season as detective Ed Williams. When the series folded up, he played Miranda Bailey's husband in Grey's Anatomy and later joined the cast of Prison Break, as feared Company assassin Wyatt Mathewson.
Hart of Dixie as Lavon Hayes
Friday Night Lights as Ornette
Prison Break as Wyatt
Grey's Anatomy as Tucker Jones
ER as Officer Reggie Moore
Close to Home as Ed Williams
Veronica Mars as Nathan Woods
Providence as Dr. Sam Magala
Nash Bridges as Insp. Antwon Babcock
Living Single as Terrence 'Scooter' Williams
Leaving L.A. as Dudley Adams
Beverly Hills, 90210 as D'Shawn Hardell