William Allen Young stars in "Code Black" on CBS as medical resident Angus Leighton.

William Allen Young is recognized by millions of television viewers as Frank Mitchell the tough-but-loving father on the long-running UPN series, "Moesha." He also starred as Howard Bouchard in the series "Mariah" and played the recurring roles of Turk Turhune on the award-winning Lifetime series "Any Day Now," Mr. Wentz on Disney's "Good Luck Charlie," Judge Ratner in CBS's "CSI: Miami," and Cliff Templeton in CBS's "Knots Landing." He has starred in more than eighty television and film projects in his illustrious career, including the Academy Award-nominated films "A Soldier's Story" and "District 9." He has received critical acclaim for his performances in "The Women of Brewster Place," "Serving in Silence," "The Atlanta Child Murders," "Simple Justice," "The Day After" and "Wisdom," for which he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. His numerous television credits also include "Murphy Brown," "Chicago Hope," "Home Improvement," "Divas," "Babylon 5" and "L.A. Law."

Young has co-written several screenplays including "Facing the Enemy," for which he was a finalist for Best American Screenplays.

Young is widely respected in the arts and entertainment community for his professional accomplishments and his role as former co-chair of the African-American Steering Committee of the Directors Guild of America in helping to broker the historic 2000 Network Agreement to diversify the ranks of actors, writers, directors, and producers in Hollywood. But far from the bright lights of Hollywood, Young he made a far greater impact on the lives of America's youth.

Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in South Central, L.A., Young learned the value of education at an early age. One of seven siblings, he was inspired as a child by his mother, a high school drop out who worked as a maid before going back to school to earn her diploma and a nursing license. She went on to enjoy a successful thirty-year career in the medical profession. "It was through education that my mother was able to get up off her knees and realize her life's dream," says Young. "That's powerful." Born with a foot deformity that forced him to wear orthopedic shoes throughout most of his early childhood, Young began acting at age thirteen to bolster his self-esteem. At age fifteen, he received a scholarship to study at the famed Inner City Acting Academy with Beah Richards and later at the Masters Company under the direction of his mentor, actor and director John Houseman.

As founder and president of the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment, Young works with a dedicated team to inspire a new generation of leaders and create opportunities for disadvantaged and underserved youth to acquire the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in college, business and life. His powerful message of hope and change, delivered throughout the nation, resonates with audiences from Wall Street to Main Street and with individuals from every walk of life. A professional motivational speaker since 1989, his client list includes such diverse organizations as Northrop Grumman, Xap Corporation, NAACP, State Farm, Western Association of College Admissions Counselors, Black Hollywood Education Resource Center, American Federation of Teachers, California Community Colleges, and Boys & Girls Club of America.

Young is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Directors Guild of America, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Actors Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. He is a distinguished graduate of the University of Southern California and was twice rated the "#1 College Speaker in the Nation" when he led the USC Trojan Debate Squad to a National Championship. He holds a Masters degree in Sociolinguistics, a Bachelors degree in Rhetoric & Debate, and has lectured at colleges and universities nationwide.

Young's numerous awards received over the years include NAACP Outstanding Social Achievement Award, Thomas Kilgore Jr. Service Award, Jenesse Silver Rose Award, President's Icon Award, Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award (USC), and Man of the Year Award (National Organization of Women at Work). He was deemed an Ambassador of Good Will by former President Bill Clinton.

Young resides in Los Angeles with his wife, educator Helen P. Young, and their two amazing sons.


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Age: 63 years old
Birthday: January 24, 1954
Height: 6' 0"
Birthplace: Washington, DC
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Current Residence: Los Angeles, CA
Wife: Helen P. Young (2 children)

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