Cress Williams


Date Of Birth

July 27, 1968


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. He next appeared on Friday Night Lights, Hart of Dixie and Code Black. At present, he stars as the titular character on the CW's Black Lightning.

Place of Birth

Heidelberg, Germany

Birth Name

Cress Williams



Fun Facts

-He was the first actor ever to portray a Jem'Hadar soldier in the Star Trek Legacy.

-He married television actress Simbi Khali.


2018 Black Lightning (TV Series)
2017 Doubt (TV Series)
2015-2017 Code Black (TV Series)
2016 Lowriders
2011-2015 Hart of Dixie (TV Series)
2015 State of Affairs (TV Series)
2014 In Your Eyes
2011 Hawthorne (TV Series)
2010-2011 Friday Night Lights (TV Series)
2009 Cold Case (TV Series)
2008 Prison Break (TV Series)
2006-2008 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
2008 Ball Don't Lie
1998-2008 ER (TV Series)
2006-2007 Close to Home (TV Series)
2005-2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
2005-2006 Veronica Mars (TV Series)
2006 Haskett's Chance (TV Movie)
2004 House (TV Series)
2004 Little Black Book
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
2003 The Lyon's Den (TV Series)
2003 Watching Ellie (TV Series)
2003 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
2002 Couples (TV Movie)
2002 The District (TV Series)
2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
2001-2002 Providence (TV Series)
2001 Philly (TV Series)
2000-2001 Nash Bridges (TV Series)
2001 Pursuit of Happiness
2000 Masquerade (TV Movie)
2000 Good vs Evil (TV Series)
2000 Sports Night (TV Series)
1999 Becker (TV Series)
1999 The Dogwalker
1999 Never Been Kissed
1998 Buddy Faro (TV Series)
1998 Creature (TV Mini-Series)
1998 Fallen
1993-1998 Living Single (TV Series)
1997 Pants on Fire (Short)
1997 Leaving L.A. (TV Series)
1997 L.A. Johns (TV Movie)
1997/I Home Invasion (TV Movie)
1996 Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (TV Movie)
1996 Rolling Thunder (TV Movie)
1996 2 Days in the Valley
1996 JAG (TV Series)
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
1995 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
1995 If Not for You (TV Series)
1995 The Doom Generation
1995 The Watcher (TV Series)
1993-1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 (TV Series)
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series)
1994 Hardball (TV Series)




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