|Born|| 3 March 1955 |
London, England, UK
Darnell Williams (born 3 March 1955) is a British-born soap opera actor. He is best known for his portrayal of Jesse Hubbard on the ABC soap opera All My Children from 1981 to 1988, and from 2008 to 2011, a role which has earned him two Daytime Emmy Awards.
Williams was born in London. In the mid 1970s, he was a regular dancer on TVs Soul Train.
Williams began portraying Jesse Hubbard on All My Children in 1981. His character became involved in a love affair with upper middle class Angie Baxter (Debbi Morgan). The characters eventually married and thus Darnell Williams was one half of the first African American supercouple on an American soap opera. Williams won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on All My Children in the 1980s. During the mid-1980s, both he and Morgan co-hosted a dance show titled "New York Hot Tracks," that also featured music videos.
In 1988, Williams left All My Children and returned to soap operas as Jesse's look-alike Jacob Foster on Loving and The City. He later briefly reprised his role of Jesse on All My Children, albeit in angel form, when he welcomed Gillian Andrassy (Esta TerBlanche) into Heaven in 2001.
Williams had a recurring role as the counsellor on the primetime drama Felicity, and worked as a director and acting coach for All My Children.
In May 2007, Williams joined the cast of Guiding Light in the recurring role of the villainous Griggs, a man who A.C. Mallet was once employed by as a hit-man. He appeared in the play Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell in New York City through June 2007. In 2008, Williams, along with Gregori J. Martin, co-directed the independent film Manhattanites, starring Ilene Kristen, Forbes March, and Aiden Turner, Williams's co-star.
Williams returned to All My Children in January 2008 as Jesse Hubbard, along with Debbi Morgan, who plays Dr. Angie Hubbard. He appeared on "Oprah- the Last Season" with cast mates Debbi Morgan and Michael E. Knight in 2011.
In September 2011, Darnell Williams concluded his run on All My Children along with the rest of the cast, due to the cancellation of the serial. At the time All My Children ended, Wiliams was the oldest contracted male actor cast member with the show and the second oldest contracted actor after Susan Lucci.
In January 2012, it was confirmed that Williams will be joining the cast of the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, where he will reunite with All My Children co-star Debbi Morgan.
Awards and nominations
- Daytime Emmy Awards
- Venice Film Festival
- Golden Globe Awards
- Soap Opera Digest Awards
- NAACP Image Awards
- Larry Bryggman, As the World Turns (1984)
- Darnell Williams, All My Children (1985)
- David Canary, All My Children (1986)
- Larry Bryggman, As the World Turns (1987)
- David Canary, All My Children (1988)
- David Canary, All My Children (1989)
- A Martinez, Santa Barbara (1990)
- Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless (1991)
- Peter Bergman, The Young and the Restless (1992)
- David Canary, All My Children (1993)
- Peter Hansen, General Hospital (1979)
- Warren Burton, All My Children (1980)
- Larry Haines, Search for Tomorrow (1981)
- David Lewis, General Hospital (1982)
- Darnell Williams, All My Children (1983)
- Justin Deas, As the World Turns (1984)
- Larry Gates, Guiding Light (1985)
- John Wesley Shipp, As the World Turns (1986)
- Gregg Marx, As the World Turns (1987)
- Justin Deas, Santa Barbara (1988)
- Justin Deas, Santa Barbara (1989)