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Who Is James Pickens Jr., Black American Actor?

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James Pickens Jr. is a well-known American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber in the ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy and his supporting role as Assistant Director Alvin Kersh in later seasons of the Fox Network science fiction series The X-Files, as well as Chuck Mitchell in Roseanne (1990-1996; 2018). (2018-Present).

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Pickens was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 26, 1954. While attending Bowling Green State University, he began acting. His first acting role was in a campus production of Charles Gordone’s Matters of Choice. Pickens graduated from BGSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1976.

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Pickens began his professional acting career in New York City at the Roundabout Theatre, where he played Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun. Pickens appeared alongside Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of A Soldier’s Play in 1981.

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Pickens moved to the West Coast in 1986 and began his Hollywood career as Zack Edwards on the soap opera Another World from 1986 to 1990. He later had recurring roles on The X-Files as Deputy Director Kersh, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, Beverly Hills, 90210, JAG, and Six Feet Under. He also appeared in the film 42, about Jackie Robinson.

Pickens portrayed NASA Administrator Stevens in the Disney comedy Rocket Man in 1997.

Pickens made a cameo appearance in the 2002 film Red Dragon as a male zoo doctor. Three years later, in 2005, he was cast as Dr. Richard Webber in Grey’s Anatomy, a long-running medical drama.

Pickens plays a man whose life experiences lead him to volunteer in the peace movement in an all-star benefit reading of The Gift of Peace on February 28, 2007 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse. He appears in the film alongside Ed Asner, Barbara Bain, Amy Brenneman, George Coe, and Wendie Malick.

The play is an open appeal and fundraiser for the passage of U.S. House Resolution 808, which seeks to create a cabinet-level “Department of Peace” in the United States government, to be funded by a 2% cut to the Pentagon’s annual budget. Pickens reprised his role as Chuckie Mitchell in two episodes of Roseanne’s tenth season in 2018.

On May 27, 1984, Pickens married Gina Taylor, a former member of the disco group Musique. The couple has two kids. Pickens enjoys horseback riding and cattle driving in his spare time. He competes in roping events across the country as a member of the United States Team Roping Championship. Smokey, his American Quarter Horse, is his pet.

Carl and Gavyn Pickens, Pickens’ two children, both want to work in show business. Carl, his son, is pursuing a hip-hop career and has appeared on several television shows, including Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, on which he collaborated with his longtime friend, Omar Gooding.

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