Cress Williams

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Cress Williams
Born(1970-07-26) July 26, 1970 (age 44)
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Years active1994—present
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Cress Williams
Born(1970-07-26) July 26, 1970 (age 44)
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Years active1994—present

Cress Williams (born July 26, 1970) is a German-born American film and television actor, best known for playing the hitman Wyatt in Prison Break and detective Ed Williams in Close to Home. He is also known for his role as Inspector Antwon Babcock in the final season of Nash Bridges, and as D’Shawn Hardell in seasons 4 and 5 of Beverly Hills, 90210. He also had a notable role of portraying music promoter Terrence "Scooter" Williams (the love interest of Khadijah) in the Fox television sitcom Living Single. He currently plays Mayor Lavon Hayes on The CW series Hart of Dixie.

Personal life[edit]

Williams was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to African American parents. He attended Fullerton College and UCLA.[1]


Williams acted in a 1990 Fullerton College production of William Shakespeare's tragedy, Othello, which was directed by Tom Blank. A Los Angeles Times review criticized Williams acting and said that he "gets wild-eyed as Othello, especially when jealousy begins to reign in his house. But the portrayal doesn't go beyond the obvious, and Williams tends to overact. All his emotions are on the outside; it's difficult to connect with Othello's internal struggle."[2] He also acted in another production in the same year by Fullerton College called Red Noses, a black comedy produced by Peter Barnes and directed by Michael Fields.[3]

Williams has appeared on many TV series since 1994, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Beverly Hills, 90210, NYPD Blue, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, JAG, Living Single, Nash Bridges, Providence, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Veronica Mars, The West Wing, Close to Home, ER, and Grey's Anatomy. He portrayed Talak'talan, a Jem'Hadar leader in the Star Trek series, in a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "The Jem'Hadar".[4] Williams joined the Prison Break cast by playing The Company's assassin, Wyatt Mathewson.[5] He appeared in the final season of Friday Night Lights as Ornette Howard, father of East Dillon's star quarterback Vince Howard. He currently stars alongside Rachel Bilson on The CW series Hart of Dixie as former football star turned mayor Lavon Hayes.


Film and Television
1993-1994Beverly Hills, 90210D'Shawn Hardell13 episodes
1993-1998Living SingleTerrence 'Scooter' Williams10 episodes
1994Hardball'Spotlight' DavisEpisode: See Spot Rum
Star Trek: Deep Space NineTalak'talanEpisode: The Jem'Hadar
1995The WatcherEpisode: Resurrection/Niles and Bob/Harry Stenz
If Not for YouAhmedEpisode: Snap!
The Doom GenerationPeanut
NYPD BlueSilkyEpisode: A Murder with Teeth in It
Episode: One Big Happy Family
1996Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanBaron SundayEpisode: Never on Sunday
JAGCaptain OvertonEpisode: The Brotherhood
2 Days in the ValleyGolfer
Rolling Thunder'Grey' ToussaintTV movie
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" ManigaultKimbroughTV movie
1997Home InvasionFreemontTV movie
L.A. JohnsBill AllenTV movie
Leaving L.A.Dudley Adams6 episodes
Pants on FireDream GuyShort
1998FallenDetective Joe
CreatureTall ManTV movie
Buddy FaroJaleel JermaineEpisode: Ain't That a Kick in the Head
1998-2008EROfficer Reggie Moore14 episodes
1999Never Been KissedGeorge
The DogwalkerK.C.
BeckerChris DavisEpisode: Blind Curve
2000Sports NightSteve SarrisEpisode: Dana Get Your Gun
G vs EVirgil GrissomEpisode: Underworld
MasqueradeTV movie
2000-2001Nash BridgesInspector Antwon Babcock22 episodes
2001Pursuit of HappynessAce
PhillyCalvin BurneyEpisode: Loving Sons
2001-2002ProvidenceDr. Sam Magala8 episodes
2002CouplesMarcusTV movie
Presidio MedRichard ClaytonEpisode: This Baby's Gonna Fly
The DistrictDr. CarsonEpisode: Drug Money
2003Touched by an AngelRileyEpisode: And a Nightingale Sang
Watching EllieDexterEpisode: Buskers
The Lyon's DenEddieEpisode: Beach House
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitSam DufoyEpisode: Careless
Little Black BookPhil
HouseHospital AttorneyEpisode: Maternity
2005-2006Veronica MarsNathan Woods4 episodes
The West WingLesterEpisode: Undecideds
Episode: Election Day
2006Haskett's ChanceHudson Chanticleer
2006-2007Close to HomeEd Williams20 episodes
2006-2008Grey's AnatomyTucker Jones7 episodes
2008Ball Don't LieDante
Prison BreakWyatt9 episodes
2009Cold CaseJimmy ClarkeEpisode: Jurisprudence
2010-2011Friday Night LightsOrnette Howard10 episodes
2011HawthorneEpisode: Price of Admission
Episode: A Shot in the Dark
2011–presentHart of DixieLavon Hayes44 episodes


  1. ^ "All About Cress". Cress Williams Online. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ Smith, Mark Chalon (1990-10-18). "Mideast Setting Obscures `Othello'". Los Angeles Times. 
  3. ^ Smith, Mark Chalon (1990-06-19). "Fullerton College Lacks Breadth for Black Comedy `Red Noses'". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ "The Jem'Hadar". Star Trek. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  5. ^ "Cress Williams to Join Prison Break Season 4 as Assassin". Prison Break Buff. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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