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      Cress Williams

      Cress Williams

      Highest Rated: 60% 2 Days in the Valley (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 20% Crime Story (2021)

      Birthday: Jul 26, 1970

      Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

      Following his 1993 debut as beau to hip-hop artist Queen Latifah on the popular African-American sitcom "Living Single" (Fox, 1993-98), Cress Williams quickly became a regular fixture on some of television's most beloved programs including "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox, 1990-2000), "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009) and "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001). Williams also had small roles in several feature films including "Fallen" (1998) and "Never Been Kissed" (1999). With a short-lived but memorable turn in "Prison Break" (Fox, 2005-2009) as a professional assassin, Williams was establishing himself as a versatile and memorable actor, and he went on to regular appearances in "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-11) before landing a starring role on "Hart of Dixie" (CW, 2011-15) as Mayor Lavon Hayes, the ex-NFL linebacker with his trusty pet alligator, Burt Reynolds.

      Highest rated movies

      2 Days in the Valley Lowriders The Violent Heart
      What Remains
      Crime Story

      Photos

      Cress Williams Crese Williams at arrivals for The CW Network 2018 New York Upfront Presentation, The London Hotel, New York, NY May 17, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Cress Williams at arrivals for The CW Upfront 2017, The London Hotel, New York, NY May 18, 2017. Photo By: Kristin Callahan/Everett Collection Cress Williams at arrivals for Bing Presents: The CW Premiere Party, Steven J. Ross Theater, Burbank, CA September 10, 2011. Photo By: Emiley Schweich/Everett Collection Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams, 'Act Naturally', Season 3, Ep. #13, 02/10/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams, 'Here You Come Again', Season 3, Ep. #14, 03/21/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams (L), Kaitlyn Black (R), 'Here You Come Again', Season 3, Ep. #14, 03/21/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams (L), Scott Porter (R), 'Stuck', Season 3, Ep. #21, 05/09/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Scott Porter (L), Cress Williams (R), 'Stuck', Season 3, Ep. #21, 05/09/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson (L), Cress Williams (R), 'If Tomorrow Never Comes', Season 2, Ep. #20, 04/23/2013, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, from left: Josh Cooke, Kaitlyn Black, Rachel Bilson, Cress Williams, 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', Season 3, Ep. #4, 10/28/2013, ©WB Hart of Dixie, Kaitlyn Black (L), Cress Williams (R), 'On the Road Again', Season 2, Ep. #22, 05/07/2013, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams (L), Kaitlyn Black (R), 'On the Road Again', Season 2, Ep. #22, 05/07/2013, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, from left: Cress Williams, Wilson Bethel, Scott Porter, Kaitlyn Black, 'Here You Come Again', Season 3, Ep. #14, 03/21/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Jaime King (L), Cress Williams (R), 'Ring of Fire', Season 3, Ep. #15, 03/28/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Cress Williams, 'Here You Come Again', Season 3, Ep. #14, 03/21/2014, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson (L), Cress Williams (R), 'The Butterstick Tab', Season 4, Ep. #7, 02/27/2015, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Wilson Bethel (L), Cress Williams (R), 'The Very Good Bagel', Season 4, Ep. #3, 01/23/2015, ©KSITE Supergirl, Cress Williams, ©KSITE Hart of Dixie, Reginald Veljohnson (L), Cress Williams (R), 'Ring of Fire', Season 3, Ep. #15, 03/28/2014, ©KSITE

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      50% 88% What Remains Marshall (Character) - 2022
      20% 21% Crime Story Jimmy (Character) - 2021
      56% 79% The Violent Heart Lee (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 74% Reign of the Supermen Steel / John Henry Irons (Voice) - 2019
      57% 61% Lowriders Detective Stallworth (Character) $6.2M 2016
      No Score Yet 71% Pursuit of Happiness Ace (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masquerade Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Home Invasion Freemont (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Johns Bill Allen (Character) - 1997
      60% 54% 2 Days in the Valley Golfer (Character) $11.1M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rolling Thunder `'Grey'` Toussaint (Character) - 1996

      TV

      Credit
      89% 59% The Flash Black Lightning (Guest Star) 2019 2021
      92% 50% Black Lightning Jefferson Pierce/Black Lightning (Character) 2018-2021
      65% No Score Yet Close to Home Det. Ed Williams (Character) 2006-2007 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2018
      55% 76% Doubt ADA Gates (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 81% Code Black Cole Guthrie (Guest Star) 2015 2017
      81% 88% Hart of Dixie Lavon Hayes (Character) 2011-2015
      97% 93% Friday Night Lights Ornett Howard (Guest Star) 2010-2011
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      61% 78% Prison Break Wyatt (Guest Star) 2008
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2008
      No Score Yet 85% ER Officer Reggie Moore (Guest Star) 1998-1999 2008
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2005-2006
      90% 96% House Hospital Attorney (Guest Star) 2004
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Dufoy (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 2001-2002
      64% No Score Yet Philly Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2000-2001
      83% No Score Yet Good vs. Evil Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      90% 92% Sports Night Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 96% Becker Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Living Single Unknown (Guest Star) 1994-1995 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet JAG Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      86% 84% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Silky (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If Not for You Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      91% 89% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Talak'talan (Guest Star) 1994