Cress Williams

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Cress Williams
Born (1970-07-26) July 26, 1970 (age 46)
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990—present
Spouse(s) Kristen Torrianni (2013- 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 most recently played Mayor Lavon Hayes on The CW series Hart of Dixie.

Personal life[edit]

Williams was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to 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, 3rd Rock from the Sun, 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 also starred alongside Rachel Bilson on The CW series Hart of Dixie as former football star turned mayor Lavon Hayes.


Film and Television
Year Film Role Notes
1993-1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 D'Shawn Hardell 13 episodes
1993-1998 Living Single Terrence 'Scooter' Williams 10 episodes
1994 Hardball 'Spotlight' Davis Episode: See Spot Rum
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Talak'talan Episode: The Jem'Hadar
1995 The Watcher Episode: Resurrection/Niles and Bob/Harry Stenz
If Not for You Ahmed Episode: Snap!
The Doom Generation Peanut
NYPD Blue Silky Episode: A Murder with Teeth in It
Episode: One Big Happy Family
1996 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Baron Sunday Episode: Never on Sunday
JAG Captain Overton Episode: The Brotherhood
2 Days in the Valley Golfer
Rolling Thunder 'Grey' Toussaint TV movie
Rebound: The Legend of Earl "The Goat" Manigault Kimbrough TV movie
1997 Home Invasion Freemont TV movie
L.A. Johns Bill Allen TV movie
Leaving L.A. Dudley Adams 6 episodes
Pants on Fire Dream Guy Short
1998 Fallen Detective Joe
Creature Tall Man TV movie
Buddy Faro Jaleel Jermaine Episode: Ain't That a Kick in the Head
1998-2008 ER Officer Reggie Moore 14 episodes
1999 Never Been Kissed George
The Dogwalker K.C.
Becker Chris Davis Episode: Blind Curve
2000 Sports Night Steve Sarris Episode: Dana Get Your Gun
G vs E Virgil Grissom Episode: Underworld
Masquerade TV movie
2000-2001 Nash Bridges Inspector Antwon Babcock 22 episodes
2001 Pursuit of Happyness Ace
Philly Calvin Burney Episode: Loving Sons
2001-2002 Providence Dr. Sam Magala 8 episodes
2002 Couples Marcus TV movie
Presidio Med Richard Clayton Episode: This Baby's Gonna Fly
The District Dr. Carson Episode: Drug Money
2003 Touched by an Angel Riley Episode: And a Nightingale Sang
Watching Ellie Dexter Episode: Buskers
The Lyon's Den Eddie Episode: Beach House
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Sam Dufoy Episode: Careless
Little Black Book Phil
House Hospital Attorney Episode: Maternity
2005-2006 Veronica Mars Nathan Woods 4 episodes
The West Wing Lester Episode: Undecideds
Episode: Election Day
2006 Haskett's Chance Hudson Chanticleer
2006-2007 Close to Home Ed Williams 20 episodes
2006-2008 Grey's Anatomy Tucker Jones 7 episodes
2008 Ball Don't Lie Dante
Prison Break Wyatt Matthewson 9 episodes
2009 Cold Case Jimmy Clarke Episode: Jurisprudence
2010-2011 Friday Night Lights Ornette Howard 10 episodes
2011 Hawthorne Episode: Price of Admission
Episode: A Shot in the Dark
2011–2015 Hart of Dixie Lavon Hayes 44 episodes
2015 Code Black Cole Guthrie Episode: "You Are the Heart"
2016 Low Riders Filming


  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.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); External link in |publisher= (help)

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