Who Is Reginald Williams? Father Of Jesse Williams

by Manisha Mon Jun 27 2022 Updated On Sat Dec 10 2022
Who Is Reginald Williams? Father Of Jesse Williams

Reginald Williams is the father of actor, director and producer Jesse Williams. 

He used to be a teacher by profession. His wife, Johanna Chase, was also a teacher. They share three kids altogether.

Reginald Williams's wife Johanna Chase.
Reginald Williams's wife Johanna Chase. Source: Pinterest

Is Jesse Married?

Jesse was married to Aryn Brake-Lee. They tied the knot in 2012 after dating for five years. 

They are blessed with two children, Sadie Williams and Maceo Williams. The actor filed for a divorce in 2018. Their divorce was finalized in 2020.

Their split was an amicable decision. But the drama began after they fought for their kid's custody. 

His ex-wife filed for sole physical and legal custody. 

She claimed that Jesse was always busy with work, and he never managed time to look after their children. 

So she wanted custody of their two kids, saying she was the primary parental figure. 

Jesse denied all the allegations and clarified that he has tried his best to keep a good bond with his children despite his hectic work schedule. 

Later the judge denied Barke-Lee's request to restrict Jesse's visit to their children. 

He had to pay a certain amount for child support.

Reginald Williams's son Jesse Williams.
Reginald Williams's son Jesse Williams. Source: Instagram


His son, Jesse is 40 years old

Net Worth

His son's net worth is estimated to be $15 million. 

He has managed to earn this fortune from his career as an actor, director and producer.

He made lots of money from the show Grey's Anatomy. 

His annual salary is estimated to be $250,000.

Reginald Williams's children.
Reginald Williams's children. Source: Instagram

Jesse Said Goodbye To The Show 'Grey's Anatomy'

Jesse joined the show from season six. 

In an interview, Jesse said he was unsure if he would last until the show's end.

He also mentioned that the working schedule for the show was very time-consuming as it required a lot of attention to detail. 

He had to stay away from his family for several months. It was hard for him to give time to his family. 

This might be one of the reasons that he decided to leave the show. 

When his character was send-off from the show, his fans were heartbroken. 

He released a statement after his exit from the show. 

He said he would be forever grateful for the experience he got from that show. 

The show creator, Shonda Rhimes, said it was an honor to work with such a powerful talent. 

Jesse is set to make his Broadway debut on 'Take me out.'

Jesse Is Not Just An Actor

Jesse was a teacher before following in his footsteps in the entertainment industry. 

Jesse taught in high school in Philadelphia. 

He taught many subjects like humanities, American studies, Afro-American studies and history. 

In an interview, he revealed that teaching was the best job besides acting. 

He loved being a teacher and said he was a pretty good teacher. 

He said that there is a commonality between both professions. 

Being an actor and a teacher both required the same thing. 

He explained that when you are hosting a room full of people, one has to keep their attention throughout and keep them engaged.

Jesse Has A Crazy Work Schedule

Jesse talked about his Broadway debut in Take Me Out. 

He revealed that he used to do 10 to 11 hours of rehearsals a day. 

After they were done with rehearsals, they did eight to nine shows a week. 

He said that it was more hard and physical than a TV show. And he gets exhausted after one show. 

He also mentioned that the rehearsal was more intense than performing on stage. 

He said he was not stressed for his first play, but everyone put pressure on him. 

He added that it was fun to do a play.

Reginald Williams with his son Jesse Williams.
Reginald Williams with his son Jesse Williams. Source: Instagram

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