Cress Williams is a television and film actor who gained fame and popularity through his roles as Mayor Lavon Hayes in the CW series Hart of Dixie and Jefferson Pierce in the DC comic series TV series Black Lightning.
Here you will find everything you need to know about the American actor.
Cress Williams Biography
Cress Williams was born on July 26, 1970, in a town in Germany called Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, to an African-American family. Shortly after his birth, they moved back to the United States.
As a child, Cress always knew that he wanted to be an actor; while his friends were enthusiastic about basketball and soccer, he began to take an interest in acting and singing at the age of seven.
Before starting his career in 1990, he attended Fullerton College (Junior College) in California, where he majored in drama. During this time he was given roles in various school productions, including Williams Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello directed by his mentor Tom Blank. He also played in Red Noses, a black comedy produced by Peter Barnes and directed by Michael Fields. The Elephant Man was another play in which he appeared while still a student.
After Junior College, he was accepted at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). In his final year at the university, he was given a role in Beverly Hills, 90210, in which he appeared in 13 episodes.
His acting career began when he played Terrence ‘Scooter’ Williams in the series Living Single. He was also the cast for the role of Talak’talan in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993).
After his acting debut, he appeared in many television series including NYPD Blue, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 3rd Rock from the Sun, JAG, Nash Bridges as Antwon Babcock, Providence, Law & Order: Special Victims Units, Veronica Mars, The West Wing and Close to Home as Ed Williams. He also appeared in an episode of America’s number one prime-time American series, E.R., which reached 33 million viewers weekly.
In 2008, Cress Williams appeared in nine episodes of the series Prison Break as contract killer Wyatt Matthewson.
His foray into the cinema began with the film The Doom Generation (1995). Other television series and films for which he is most popular include Never Been Kissed (1999), Fallen Detective (1998), In Your Eyes (2014), Code Black, and the last season of Friday Night Lights in which he played Ornette Howard. He also received remarkable attention through his role as Lavon Hayes in Hart of Dixie.
In 2018, he was chosen to star as Jefferson Pierce in the CW superhero television series Black Lightning. Cress William also played the role of John Henry Irons in the cartoon The Death of Superman and was cast to repeat his role in the sequel The Reign of Superman.
He made an indelible impression not only as an actor but also as a director. Cress has directed several plays, including Talk Radio, Answers, and Loyalties.
Family: Wife & Children
On October 14, 2000, Cress Williams married the beautiful actress and singer Simbi Khali in Malibu, California. Their union was blessed with two children – a boy and a girl. Their first child, a boy named Elijah Khali Thomas Williams, was born on July 20, 2004, and the second child, a girl named Amika Khali Williams, was born on August 13, 2007.
Cress and Simbi, who were married for eleven years, were divorced in 2011. The actor started dating another actress, Kristen Torrianni. They met at a church event in 2006 and have since become close friends, which eventually led to a relationship.
Cress Williams and Kristen tied the knot in an intimate ceremony on May 21, 2013, on the island of Kauai. Later the couple gave a formal reception in Los Angeles with about 150 guests. Their co-stars from the Hart of Dixie – Kaitlyn Black, Scott Porter, and Wilson Bethel – were present at the event.
Cress Williams’ Height & Weight
The German-American actor has an adorable height of 196 cm (6 feet 5 inches) and weighs about 87 kg (192 lbs). He is also in great shape, which is something you somehow expect when you play a superhero on screen.
Although the actor was already in pretty good shape, he had to work twice as hard at his job, routine, and diet when he was cast as Jefferson Pierce in Black Lightning. Needless to say that whatever he does, it works for him.