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Cress Williams stars as Jefferson Pierce aka Black Lightning in The CW’s new superhero show based on the comics character created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden in 1977.
Williams was born in Heidelberg, Germany and shortly after his birth, moved to Chicago. He then relocated with his mother to California at the age of three and spent most of his childhood in Orange County. He attended Fullerton Community College where he received his theater and acting foundation and later completed his theater degree at UCLA. While attending college, Williams performed in over 20 plays such as “Othello,” “The Elephant Man,” “Extremities” and “Red Noses” to name a few. His film and television career began toward the end of his college years.
Audiences may recognize Williams from having recurred during the final season of the beloved critically acclaimed series, “Friday Night Lights.” His additional television credits are “Cold Case,” “Prison Break,” “Close to Home,” “The West Wing,” “Veronica Mars,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “E.R.,” “NYPD Blue, “ “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Living Single” among others. Notable film credits include the features “2 Days in the Valley” and “Never Been Kissed” starring Drew Barrymore.
Williams currently resides in Los Angeles.