Gregory Alan Williams

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Gregory Alan Williams
Born (1956-06-12) June 12, 1956 (age 67)
Other namesGregory Alan-Williams
Gregalan Williams
GregAlan Williams
Occupation(s)Actor, author
Years active1986–present
Military career
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps

Gregory Alan Williams (born June 12, 1956)[1] sometimes credited as Gregalan Williams, is an American actor and author. He is best known for portraying LAPD Officer Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch. From 2011 until 2013, Williams portrayed the role of Coach Pat Purnell in the USA Network series Necessary Roughness. Williams also appeared on the 2015 ABC series Secrets and Lies and then on Greenleaf, and later on 2017's Manhunt: Unabomber, and beginning in 2019 The Righteous Gemstones.

Life and acting career[edit]

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Williams graduated from East High School, and attended Coe College and served in the United States Marine Corps before pursuing a career in acting. He made his acting debut opposite Steven Seagal in the 1988 film Above the Law. The following year, Williams won the role of Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch. He reprised the role in the 1995 spin-off series Baywatch Nights before returning to Baywatch in 1996.

After leaving the series in 1998, Williams has had recurring guest roles on The Sopranos, The West Wing, The District, The Game, Army Wives, and Drop Dead Diva. Additionally, he has guest starred in episodes of NYPD Blue, Boston Legal, One Tree Hill, and Meet the Browns and has also lent his voice to the animated series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. From 2009 to 2013, Williams appeared as Judge Warren Libby in the comedy series Drop Dead Diva. Since 2011, Williams has portrayed the role of Coach Pat Purnell in the USA Network drama series Necessary Roughness.

Williams has also had roles in several films, including Remember the Titans (2000), Old School (2003), Be Cool (2005), Dog Days of Summer (2007), Oliver Stone's biopic W. (2008), The Collector (2009), and MacGruber (2010). Williams also serves as the host of the syndicated series Know Your Heritage and Know Your Heritage: Black College Quiz.[2]

In 1992, Williams became the first recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice (through Voices Against Injustice) due to his heroic efforts during the 1992 Los Angeles race riots in which he rescued an individual who had been pulled out of his car and was being beaten.[3]


In addition to acting, Williams has authored four books including A Gathering of Heroes: Reflections on Rage and Responsibility: A Memoir of the Los Angeles Riots. The book chronicles Williams' life and experiences with racism, along with an incident during the 1992 Los Angeles riots in which he saved the life of a Japanese American man who was being beaten by rioters.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Above the Law FBI Agent Halloran
1989 Major League Bull Pen Guard
The Package Colonel Woods
Howard Beach: Making a Case for Murder Charlie Brasher Television film
1993 In the Line of Fire Secret Service Agent Matt Wilder
1996 Project ALF Police Officer Television film
No One Would Tell Detective Anderson Television film
1997 Dying to Belong Carl Ridgeley Television film
Stag Taylor Rundgren
Acts of Betrayal Francis Morelli
2000 Freedom Song Pullman Porter Television film
Remember the Titans Coach Paul "Doc" Hines
2003 The Beat Mr. Bernard
Old School Therapist
2005 A Message from Pops Pops Short
Be Cool Darryl
Locusts General Miller Television film
2006 The Last Adam Pastor Bailey
Dirty Laundry Percy
Haunting Villisca Dolan
2008 Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood! Dr. Reginald Monte
2009 4 Minutes Carl
The Collector Sheriff
2010 Preacher's Kid Bishop King
Blood Done Sign My Name Dr. Samuel Proctor
Good Intentions Buck
MacGruber Minister
Stomp the Yard: Homecoming Dr. David Young
The Confidant Gambler
Unrequited Mr. Williams
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Terrified Longshoreman (voice) Direct-to-video
Christmas Cupid Larry Television film
2011 Slice Captain Kirk
Slice 2 Captain Kirk
2012 Hornet's Nest Detective Ron Brewster Television film
Somebody's Child Petey Television film
2013 Between Sisters Franklin Television film
Jimmy Coach Sellers
Heart of the Country Yates
Let the Church Say Amen - Television film
Teachers Robert Television film
Marry Me for Christmas Donald Television film
Second Sight Commander Edgar Ulmer Television film
2014 The Painter - Short
Unspoken Words Mr. Willy
Million Dollar Arm Doug
Like a Country Song Reggie
Hear No Evil Harold
The Town Inside Clyde
Cat Run 2 Ray Boudreaux
Roses Kevin Rodgers Short
My Other Mother Abner Television film
Marry Us for Christmas Donald Television film
Identity Dr. Art Sloan Television film
Hero Kent Redding
2015 To Hell and Back Lance Television film
The Sin Seer Clarence Ricard
13 Minutes The Patriot (voice) Short
Terminator Genisys Detective Harding
Adrenaline Elijah Benjamin Salisbury
90 Minutes in Heaven Therapy Doctor - St. Lukes
Christmas in the Smokies Bud Walker
A Baby for Christmas Donald Television film
2016 Courting Des Moines General Stan Hutchinson
Misconduct Richard Hill
Miracles from Heaven Dr. Joe Hester
The Accountant Treasury Secretary
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Raise N' Praise Preacher
Almost Christmas Pastor Browning
Merry Christmas, Baby Donald Television film
Hidden Figures Marion Smithson
Bad Girl Deacon Bacon
Beat Street Capt. Tim Weathers Direct-to-video
2017 Mountain Top Lamar Cochran
Created Equal Judge Watford
All Saints Bishop Thompson
A Question of Faith Farnsworth Newman
Geostorm General Montgaff
Slaw Commissioner Kelly
2018 God's Not Dead: A Light in Darkness Reverend Roland Dial
Legal Action Ben Wingwright
Falling in Love Again Mr. Owens
Chandler Christmas Getaway Donald Television film
2019 I See You Spitzky
The World We Make Thomas Bishop
Freshman Year Professor Thompson
Brightburn Sheriff Deever
2020 The Warrant Tucker Macready
The Banker Britton Garrett
My Brother's Keeper Pops
2021 Birdie Dr. James Cooper
Karen Charles Wright
Envy: A Seven Deadly Sins Story Elijah Wilson Television film
A Father's Legacy Robby
2022 Sons 2 the Grave Coach Sam Reardon


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Jack and Mike FBI #1 Episode: "Ready or Not"
1989-98 Baywatch Officer Garner Ellerbee Main Cast: Season 1 & 3-5, Recurring cast: Season 2, guest: Season 8
1990 Father Dowling Mysteries Det. Lt. Adams Episode: "The Murder Weekend Mystery"
1990-91 Hunter Officer Peter Hawkins Episode: "The Usual Suspects" & "Under Suspicion"
1991 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Security Guard Episode: "Young and the Restless"
Roc Albert Episode: "Requiem for a Garbage Man"
1991-92 Civil Wars Ed Marsh Episode: "Daveja-Vu All Over Again" & "His Honor's Offer"
1992-94 Dream On Anchorman Recurring cast: Season 3 & 5, guest: Season 4
1994 L.A. Law Ellis Cole Episode: "Silence Is Golden"
1995 University Hospital Lt. Foster Episode: "The Right Thing"
Living Single Darren Episode: "The Ex-File"
The Parent 'Hood Coach Vanderpool Episode: "Track Dreams"
1995-97 Baywatch Nights Officer Garner Ellerbee Main Cast: Season 1, guest: Season 2
1996 Murder, She Wrote Lt. Paul Bragg Episode: "Mrs. Parker's Revenge"
Spider-Man Additional Voices (voice) Episode: "Sins of the Fathers Chapter 7: The Man Without Fear"
1997 The Blues Brothers Animated Series Loure Lemon / Rasti (voice) Main Cast
1998 Mama Flora's Family Charlie (1941) Episode: "Episode #1.1 & #1.2"
2000 City of Angels Dr. Nate Ambrose Main Cast: Season 2
2000-01 The Sopranos Reverend James, Jr. Guest: Season 2, Recurring cast: Season 3
2000-02 The West Wing Robbie Mosley Recurring cast: Season 2-3
2001 Boston Public Jason Anderson Episode: "Chapter Fifteen" & "Chapter Seventeen"
2001-03 The District Clive Rogers Recurring cast: Season 2-4
2004 The Practice District Attorney Episode: "Comings and Goings"
NYPD Blue Agent Marcus Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
Crossing Jordan U.S. Army Chaplain Episode: "Deja Past"
2005 Boston Legal John Zenawi Episode: "Schmidt Happens"
Monk Sorenson Episode: "Mr. Monk and Mrs. Monk"
2006 One Tree Hill Chuck Episode: "All Tomorrow's Parties"
Everwood James Cleveland Episode: "Lost and Found"
Squidbillies Plumber Bubba Episode: "Asses to Ashes, Sluts to Dust" & "Bubba Trubba"
2006-11 The Game Dr. James Barnett Recurring cast: Season 1 & 3-4
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Detective Folkner Episode: "Philadelphia"
2009 Army Wives Lt. Col. Wallace Episode: "Best Laid Plans" & "Moving Out"
Meet the Browns Charles Walker Episode: "Meet the Matrimony"
2009-14 Drop Dead Diva Judge Warren Libby Recurring cast
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Vendor Phil Episode: "Burned"
Past Life Eli Parson Episode: "Pilot" & "Gone Daddy Gone"
2011 Castle Jim Van-Eps Episode: "Lucky Stiff"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Freedom Cobra (voice) Episode: "Allen: Part One" & "Freedom Cobra"
Tyler Perry's House of Payne Joffrey Starr Episode: "The Rich and Payneless"
2011-13 Necessary Roughness Coach Pat Purnell Recurring cast
2013 Nashville Detective Glynn Episode: "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive"
2014 Reckless Geoff Tate Episode: "Blind Sides"
Finding Carter Captain Moss Episode: "The Birds" & "The Long Goodbye"
2015 Being Mary Jane Mark's Father Episode: "Freedom"
Secrets and Lies Kevin Haynes Recurring cast: Season 1
Satisfaction Mike Episode: "...Through Bondage"
2015-16 Powers Waldo Pilgrim Guest: Season 1, Recurring cast: Season 2
The Inspectors Lawrence Downing Recurring cast: Season 1, Guest: Season 2
2016 Game of Silence Aaron Epps Recurring cast
Containment Police Chief Myles Besser Recurring cast
2016-18 Greenleaf Robert 'Mac' McCready Recurring cast: Season 1, Main Cast: Season 2, guest: Season 3
2017 Manhunt: Unabomber Judge Garland Burrell Episode: "USA vs. Theodore J. Kaczynski"
2017-21 Chicago Med Bert Goodwin Guest: Season 2-3 & 6, Recurring cast: Season 5
2018 MacGyver Julian Halsey Episode: "Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle"
The Resident Dr. Peterson Recurring cast: Season 1
Mr. Mercedes DA Harvey Dunford Episode: "Nobody Puts Brady in a Crestmore"
2019 Swamp Thing Mayor Riley Episode: "Pilot"
2019-Present The Righteous Gemstones Martin Imari Main Cast
2020 Council of Dads Will Calhoun Episode: "Heart Medicine"
Tyler Perry's House of Payne Joffrey Starr Episode: "From Heart to Heart"
2021 Saints & Sinners Victor Thompson Recurring cast: Season 5

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Avatar: The Game Dr. Victor Monroe
2010 Fallout: New Vegas Additional voices


  • A Gathering of Heroes: Reflections on Rage and Responsibility : A Memoir of the Los Angeles Riots. Academy Chicago Publishers. March 1994. ISBN 0-89733-404-3.
  • For Black, Brown, & Beige Baby Girls Born Too Beautiful To Watch The Bay. The Journey Press. 1997. ISBN 1-930629-00-1.
  • Boys To Men: Maps For the Journey. Doubleday. 1997. ISBN 0-385-48687-1.
  • Heart of a Woman. Enaz Publications. November 25, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59232-229-9.


  1. ^ "Williams, GregAlan". Archived from the original on 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ "GregAlan Williams". Retrieved 2 January 2010.
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  4. ^ Totten, Samuel; Pedersen, Jon E. (2009). Samuel Totten, Jon E. Pedersen. IAP. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-60752-098-6.

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