James Pickens Jr. stars in "Grey's Anatomy" on ABC as Dr. Richard Webber.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, James Pickens, Jr. started acting at the Karamu House, distinguished as the oldest African-American theater in the United States. After moving to New York, he performed in the historic 1981 production of Charles Fullers' "A Soldiers Play" at the Negro Ensemble Company with fellow cast members Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. He was a member of the famed Circle Rep/Steppenwolf Theatre Company co-production of Lanford Wilson's "Balm in Gilead," and he starred as Water Lee in the 25th anniversary revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Roundabout Theater.

In 1990 Pickens moved to the West Coast and began an impressive run of film and television performances. On the big screen, he has been directed by some of the film industry's finest, including Steven Soderbergh in "Traffic," Oliver Stone in "Nixon" and Warren Beatty in "Bulworth," and he appeared in four Barry Levinson films — "Sleepers," "Sphere," "Jimmy Hollywood" and "Liberty Heights." He portrayed slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers in "Ghosts of Mississippi" (directed by Rob Reiner), and he played Angela Bassett's ex-husband in "How Stella Got Her Groove Back." Other films include "Menace II Society," "Home Room," "Gridlock'd" and the upcoming "Just Wright," starring Queen Latifah and Common.

Pickens is well known to television audiences for his recurring roles on hit series including "NYPD Blue," "The X-Files," "The Practice," "Philly," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Six Feet Under," "The West Wing," "Rosanne" and "Beverly Hills 90210." He starred opposite Rob Lowe in "The Lyons Den" (NBC) and also starred with William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman in "A Slight Case of Murder" (TNT). He received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Drama Ensemble and four NAACP Image Awards nominations for his role on "Grey's Anatomy."

A man of wide ranging interests and passions, Pickens came full circle with his beloved Karamu House when he served as executive producer of Otis Sallid's hit musical review, "Gospel, Gospel, Gospel," which opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Untied States Team Roping Championship, roping cattle on horseback at events across the country.

Pickens recently delivered the keynote address to graduates at his alma mater, Bowling Green State University, and was honored by the Cleveland Cavaliers during their annual Black Heritage Celebration.

He and his wife, Gina, a singer, live in the San Fernando Valley. They have a son and a daughter.




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Age: 62 years old
Birthday: October 26, 1954
Height: 6' 0"
Birthplace: Cleveland, OH
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Gina (5/27/1984, 2 children)


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