Photo of James Pickens Jr. James Pickens Jr.

An experienced character actor with a long list of stage and screen credits, Cleveland native James Pickens Jr. was born Oct. 26, 1954. He first distinguished himself in professional theater, performing alongside peers such as Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson before moving west to launch a television and film career.

As part of the ensemble cast of the popular series "Grey's Anatomy," Pickens has earned acclaim playing chief surgeon Dr. Richard Webber. Pickens has also enjoyed successful runs on network shows such as "Roseanne," "NYPD Blue," "The Practice," "The X-Files" and the cable hit "Six Feet Under."

Notable film work for Pickens includes Dead Presidents (1995), Nixon (1995), Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), How Stella Got Her Groove Back (1998) and Traffic (2000, with Michael Douglas).

James Pickens Jr. in Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

2005 TV-14

Ellen Pompeo stars in this Emmy-winning medical drama as Dr. Meredith Grey, a young surgical intern (and eventual resident) who's caught up in a swirl of personal and professional passions with fellow doctors at Seattle Grace Hospital.

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