James Pickens Jr.

Biography: Throughout his long and steady career, James Pickens, Jr., known to most as Dr. Richard Webber on Grey's Anatomy and FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on The X-Files, has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and television audiences worldwide. A veteran and accomplished actor on stage, in film, and on television, Pickens has been recognized for the often distinguished and authoritative figures he has portrayed. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, James got his acting feet wet when he starred in the school production of Matters of Choice in Bowling Green State University, where he finished his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1976.

His professional acting career then began portraying Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. Throughout the '80s, Pickens has performed in a handful of stage productions such as Balm and Gilead with Circle Rep/Steppenwolf Theatre Company and A Soldier's Play with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson for the Negro
Throughout his long and steady career, James Pickens, Jr., known to most as Dr. Richard Webber on Grey's Anatomy and FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on The X-Files, has earned the respect and admiration of his peers and television audiences worldwide. A veteran and accomplished actor on stage, in film, and on television, Pickens has been recognized for the often distinguished and authoritative figures he has portrayed. Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, James got his acting feet wet when he starred in the school production of Matters of Choice in Bowling Green State University, where he finished his Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts in 1976.

His professional acting career then began portraying Walter Lee in A Raisin in the Sun at the Roundabout Theatre in New York. Throughout the '80s, Pickens has performed in a handful of stage productions such as Balm and Gilead with Circle Rep/Steppenwolf Theatre Company and A Soldier's Play with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson for the Negro Ensemble Company. When he moved to the West Coast in 1990, he began landing roles in film and on television, including recurring characters Henry Thomas, Beverly Hills Beach Club Manager, on Beverly Hills, 90210, Chuck Mitchell, the husband of one of Roseanne Barr's co-workers, on Roseanne, Detective Mike McCrew on The Practice, and Clyde Coleman on Philly, apart from the dozens of television guest appearances he has made.

In film, James Pickens, Jr. has had the fortune of working with Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson in the following films: Jimmy Hollywood (1994), Sleepers (1996), Sphere (1998), and Liberty Heights (1999). He also got to work with Steven Soderbergh in the early 2001 drama Traffic, which won several Academy Awards that year. For four years since 1998, James became part of the successful run of FOX scifi drama, The X-Files, when he was hired to portray FBI Deputy Director Alvin Kersh and to supervise Agents Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). From his humble beginnings as an Ambulance Driver in the 1986 crime thriller F/X, Pickens made it all the way to the top when ABC assigned him as Seattle Grace's Chief of Surgery on the hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy. In the Golden Globe winning series, James once again showcased the versatility and emotional range he has displayed over a durable and successful career.
In 2005, he appeared as a guest star on 2 episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm portraying a doctor.
Coincidentally, both episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Curb Your Enthusiasm aired simultaneously.
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James Pickens Jr.'s Scores

Average career score: 56
Highest Metascore: 74 The Practice: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 45 Private Practice: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
4 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
45 Private Practice: Season 1 Sep 26, 2007 Dr. Richard Webber (Backdoor Pilot Only) 7.2
tbd Grey's Anatomy: Season 3 Sep 21, 2006 Dr. Richard Webber / Richard Webber 8.0
tbd Grey's Anatomy: Season 2 Sep 25, 2005 Dr. Richard Webber / Richard Webber 8.4
62 Grey's Anatomy: Season 1 Mar 27, 2005 Dr. Richard Webber / Richard Webber 8.1
tbd The X-Files: Season 9 Nov 11, 2001 Deputy Director Kersh 7.3
tbd The X-Files: Season 8 Nov 5, 2000 Deputy Director Kersh 7.8
tbd The X-Files: Season 7 Nov 7, 1999 Deputy Director Kersh 8.4
tbd The Practice: Season 4 Sep 26, 1999 Det. McKrew 8.0
tbd Another World: Season 36 May 4, 1999 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
tbd The Practice: Season 3 Sep 27, 1998 Det. Mike McKrew 8.0
tbd Another World: Season 35 May 4, 1998 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
tbd The X-Files: Season 5 Nov 2, 1997 Assistant Director Kersh 8.4
tbd The Practice: Season 2 Sep 20, 1997 Detective McKrew 8.0
tbd Another World: Season 34 Jul 10, 1997 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
74 The Practice: Season 1 Mar 4, 1997 Detective McKrew 9.0
tbd Roseanne: Season 8 Sep 19, 1995 Chuck 5.0
tbd Roseanne: Season 7 Sep 21, 1994 Chuck Mitchell 5.3
tbd Roseanne: Season 6 Sep 14, 1993 Chuck Mitchell 5.3
tbd Roseanne: Season 5 Sep 15, 1992 Chuck Mitchell 5.8
tbd Roseanne: Season 4 Sep 17, 1991 Chuck Mitchell 6.3
tbd Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 2 Jul 11, 1991 Henry Thomas 7.7
46 Beverly Hills, 90210: Season 1 Oct 4, 1990 Henry Thomas 7.6
tbd Roseanne: Season 3 Sep 18, 1990 Chuck Mitchell 7.0
tbd Another World: Season 24 Jun 30, 1987 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
tbd Another World: Season 6 Jun 30, 1969 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
tbd Another World: Season 5 Jan 2, 1968 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd
tbd Another World: Season 4 Jun 21, 1967 Zack Edwards (1986 - 1990) tbd