Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams biography
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Interesting Biography Facts

Real name

Jesse Wesley Williams


actor, film director

Birth Date

August 5, 1981


39 years

Zodiac Sign



Chicago, Illinois, United States


Temple University



Jesse Williams family members

Father's Name

Reginald Williams

Mother's Name

Johanna Chase

Siblings names

Coire Williams (younger brother), Matt Williams (younger brother)

Is Jesse Williams a gay/bisexual?


What is Jesse Williams marital status?


Who is Jesse Williams wife?

Aryn Drake-Lee (ex-wife)

How many children does he have?

2 (daughter Sadie Williams and son Maceo Williams)

Jesse Williams wife

Aryn Drake-Lee (ex-wife; were married in 2012-2017)

Jesse Williams ex wife Aryn Drake-Lee


Date of birth: December 12, 1981

The star of “Grey’s Anatomy” Jesse Williams and his wife Aryn met in 2007 when he was still a history teacher and just occasionally appeared in printed ads. At that time she was a successful real estate broker. They dated for three years, and finally, Jesse dared to pop the question. In 2012 they tied a knot. Soon Jesse became famous as Dr. Jackson Avery from “Grey’s Anatomy”. He skillfully portrayed his charismatic hero, the heartthrob, who can easily seduce any woman.

But in his everyday life, Jesse was a faithful husband for many years. He never got tired to thank his wife for everything she did for him at the initial stage of his career. They welcomed two cute kids and created an application “Ebroji GIF Keyboard” together. But in 2017 the couple suddenly announced their separation. The reason for such a decision was not publicized, but it was rumored that Jesse cheated his wife with an actress Minka Kelly (but Williams denied the rumors and told, that he moved from Aryn and his house before he started dating Minka). 

Jesse and Aryn’s divorce process was long and complicated. It lasted almost a year. Jesse didn’t want to pay his wife support money, and Aryn wanted to get the full custody over their kids. But finally, they found a compromise.

Jesse Williams kids

Sadie Williams (daughter) 

Sadie Williams daughter Jesse Williams


Date of birth: December 6, 2013

Jesse welcomed his first child – a sweet baby girl – in late 2013 when he has already turned 32. No need to say, that the actor enjoyed his parenthood, and he battled with his ex-wife for the right to see his daughter. For example, he was allowed to spend with the girl her latest (as of 2019) birthday. 

Sadie is a quiet little girl. Her father doesn’t want to share the personal father-daughter moments on Instagram. Nevertheless, paparazzi have caught him numerous times, while he was playing with his daughter or hugging her. Sadie and her father seem to be very close.

Maceo Williams (son)

Date of birth: August 2015

In June 2015 Jesse Williams announced that Aryn and he were expecting their second child. Both parents confessed that they dreamed about having another kid and planned to get pregnant again.

In August 2015 Aryn gave birth to a healthy boy, who was named Maceo. Jesse spends as much time as possible with his son in spite of his divorce from Maceo’s mother.

Who are Jesse Williams parents?

Reginald Williams (father)

Reginald Williams


Date of birth: 1953

Jesse Williams knows, what poverty is, but that doesn’t mean he comes from some troubled family. On the contrary, his father and mother taught him to be active and hard-working.

Williams is widely known as a civil rights activist, and he is sure, his father and mother taught him to struggle for the rights of disadvantaged people.

Mr. Williams is African-American. He tied a knot with a Swedish woman and welcomed three sons with her. He earned his living as a factory worker and then joined the student at Harvard when Jesse was a high school pupil. He worked as a teacher for a while after that. 

Johanna Chase (mother)

Johanna Chase mother Jesse Williams


Date of birth: 1953

Johanna, Jesse’s mother, earned her living as a ceramicist and artist. Her three boys grew up in a creative family, and each of them became an artist in some areas. She taught Jesse and his siblings to be honest and care about the others. That’s why in his late teens Williams dreamed to become a civil rights attorney and to protect the rights of poor people.

Jesse was biracial, and he sometimes had to deal with bullying. That’s why now he participates in various social movements, which deal with racism and other kinds of injustice. His mother, Johanna, can be proud of him. She used to work as a teacher, too. 

Jesse Williams siblings

Coire Williams (younger brother)

Coire Williams brother Jesse Williams


Date of birth: May 30, 1984

Coire Williams is Jesse’s younger brother. He resides with his family in East Orange, New Jersey as of now. Coire and his famous brother Jesse share a close bond.

Mr. Williams graduated from college in 2002. Since then he has been working as a landscape designer. He owns a company, which offers dry stonework and landscaping services. He is very skillful in his work.

Matt Williams (younger brother)

Matt Williams brother Jesse Williams


Date of birth: January 12, 1988

Matt C. Williams is the youngest boy in Jesse’s family. He has a creative occupation, too. Matt is a talented illustrator, who shares his artworks under the nickname “Uberkraaft”. His drawing style has been approved by many critics. It is considered as unique and is determined as “anti-style”.

It’s not known if Matt is married officially, but he has already become a dad of two boys. He has cordial terms with his famous brother.


Jesse Wesley Williams was born in Chicago, the most populous city of Illinois. He graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia and started his career as a history teacher. His good looks led him to model industry, where he soon gained some popularity. In 2006 Jesse debuted on the big screen. He appeared in one of the episodes of the long-term legal drama “Law & Order”. In 2008 he played a small, but notable role in the film “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2”. Godlike Blake Lively was also involved in the film. The actor, who showed the piece of his chiseled body on the screen in this movie, immediately became popular. The next year he appeared in Rihanna music video. That very year he won the role of Dr. Jackson Avery, which became his big break. At first, his hero was planned as occasional, but Jesse’s play was so great, that the show producers decided to include him into the main cast.

Now Jesse enjoys not just endless popularity, but also the status of one of the most beautiful people on the planet. Numerous issues included him in their top lists. 

Currently, Jesse is a busy actor, who appears both, in television shows and on the big screen. He has appeared in the thriller “Money”, in he historical drama “The Butler”, in the episode of the crime series “Power” etc. 

Interesting and fun facts

  1. Jesse Williams used to tell, that he likes and respects the actress Reese Witherspoon. “She is so hard-working and independent”, he opened up in one of his interviews. And now the actor has a chance to see skillful Reese, working on the set. Jesse accepted the offer to act in the series “Little Fires Everywhere”, starring Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.
  2. After the divorce to his wife Aryn, Jesse dated an actress Minka Kelly, but the couple broke up soon. As of 2019, he is in relations with Taylour Paige, the actress, and the dancer. 
  3. He finds the time for social activism, too. He serves on the board of “Advancement Project”, the civil rights organization. 
  4. His height is 6 ft 1 in and his weight is 154 pounds.
  5. His net worth is close to $12 million.
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