Cress Williams stars as Bluebell, Alabama’s mayor and former football star Lavon Hayes in The CW’s new series Hart of Dixie, a fish-out-of-water story about a New York City doctor (Rachel Bilson) adjusting to life in a small Southern town after she inherits a local medical practice.
Williams was born in Heidelberg, Germany. Shortly after his birth, he returned from Germany to Chicago. He moved with his mother to California when he was three and spent most of his childhood in Orange County. He attended Fullerton Community College where he received his theater and acting foundation. He later completed his theater degree at UCLA. While in college, Williams performed in over 20 plays, including Othello, The Elephant Man, Extremities and Red Noses. His film and television career began toward the end of his college years.
Most recently, Williams appeared in the final season of the beloved series Friday Night Lights. His additional television credits include Cold Case, Prison Break, Close to Home, The West Wing, Veronica Mars, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, E.R., NYPD Blue and Grey’s Anatomy, among others. His film credits include 2 Days in the Valley and Never Been Kissed, starring Drew Barrymore.
Williams currently resides in Los Angeles.