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Cress Williams
Born July 27, 1968 (1968-07-27) (age 41)
Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1994—present
Spouse(s) Simbi Khali (October 14, 2000—present)

Cress Williams (born July 27, 1968) is an African 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.


Personal life

Williams was born in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to African American parents. He attended Fullerton College. In 2000, Williams married television actress Simbi Khali (who played Nina Campbell in the television series 3rd Rock from the Sun) in Malibu, California.[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, 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 also plays Miranda Bailey's husband in Grey's Anatomy.


  1. ^ "Wedded Bliss". Jet. 2000-11-20.  
  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.  

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