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James Pickens, Jr.

James Pickens Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college at Bowling Green State University, Pickens began pursuing an interest in acting. He graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1976. Afterwards, Pickens began work on the stage at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. During his time on the stage, he starred in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of "A Soldier's Play" with famous Black American actors Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson. Ten years since graduating and beginning his career in acting, Pickens first came to the screen as an ambulance driver in F/X (1986). In that same year, he appeared on the soap opera Another World (1964) from 1986-1990. Pickens also made several appearances on the popular romance drama Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), and the comedy series Roseanne (1988) among a steady line-up of work during the 1990s.

Throughout his extensive work on television, Pickens is best known to audiences as Dr. Richard Webber, on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy (2005). It is also the same role in which he would reprise on the spin-off series Private Practice (2007) two years later. In later years, namely beginning in the 2010s, Pickens could also be seen in the sports drama 42 (2013) starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman. Outside of acting, Pickens spends much of his time around horses and often indulges in horseback riding roping cattle. As a competitive roper, Pickens is part of the United States Championship Roping team and often travels across country to various events. He is married to Gina Pickens (nee Taylor) and is father of two sons Carl and Gavyn who both are into the entertainment business.

Known For


Cast Credits

The Jennifer Hudson Show (2022)
Guest starring as James Pickens, Jr.
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (2022)
Starring as Charles (2 episodes)
The Conners (2018)
Guest starring as Chuck Mitchell (10 episodes)
Yellowstone (2018)
Guest starring as Old Cowboy
Station 19 (2018)
Guest starring as Dr. Richard Webber (6 episodes)
Grey's Anatomy: B-Team (2018)
Starring as Dr. Richard Webber
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2017)
Guest starring as James Pickens, Jr.
Hollywood Game Night (2013)
Guest starring as James Pickens, Jr.
Private Practice (2007)
Guest starring as Dr. Richard Webber (2 episodes)
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Starring as Dr. Richard Webber (416 episodes)
The Lyon's Den (2003)
Starring as Terrance Christianson
  • Episode 1x01: Pilot (Sep 28, 2003)
CSI: Miami (2002)
Guest starring as Prison Warden
Philly (2001)
Starring as Clyde Coleman
Crossing Jordan (2001)
Guest starring as Agent Hawkins
The District (2000)
Guest starring as Mr. Lane
The West Wing (1999)
Guest starring as Washington D.C. Mayor
Becker (1998)
Guest starring as Cliff (2 episodes)
Pacific Palisades (1997)
Guest starring as Josh Smith
The Practice (1997)
Guest starring as Detective Mike McKrew (15 episodes)
The Pretender (1996)
Guest starring as Clark Thomas
  • Episode 2x17: Crash (Apr 11, 1998)
The Big Easy (1996)
Guest starring as Bernard Dulac
JAG (1995)
Guest starring as Commander Wallace Burke
Touched by an Angel (1994)
Guest starring as George
One West Waikiki (1994)
Guest starring as Tom Breason
NYPD Blue (1993)
Guest starring as Nathan Foster
The X-Files (1993)
Guest starring as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh (22 episodes)
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990)
Guest starring as Henry Thomas (10 episodes)
Blossom (1990)
Guest starring as Vinnie
Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989)
Guest starring as Bert
Seinfeld (1989)
Guest starring as Det. Hudson
Roseanne (1988)
Guest starring as Chuck Mitchell (21 episodes)
L.A. Law (1986)
Guest starring as Joseph Russell
  • Episode 7x03: Zo Long (Nov 5, 1992)
Another World (1964)
Starring as Zack Edwards (3 episodes)
The Emmy Awards (1949)
Guest starring as James Pickens, Jr.
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