Who is that Actor: James Pickens Jr.
It probably seems odd to feature an actor whose face and name are probably known to anyone who has been near a television set on Thursday nights over the last six or seven years. As Chief Webber on the long running soapy medical drama Grey’s Anatomy actor James Pickens Jr. finally snagged a role that didn’t have him either playing a dour taskmaster or a brutal patriarch. And good for him.
I first noticed Pickens Jr. as doomed Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers in Ghosts of Mississippi! A film that spent more time concerning itself camouflaging Baldwin’s expanding waistline rather than the story at hand; and that’s cool. His other credits include: Sphere, Gridlock’d, Dead Presidents, Traffic and Liberty Heights. I have absolutely no idea why Pickens Jr. is able to render himself unrecognizable with the addition of glasses or the subtraction of facial hair. Particularly when his voice is pretty freaking distinct. That’s usually how I recognize him. His deep, resonate, measured speech is pretty distinct.
The other day I was having a conversation with friend about The X-Files and mentioned Pickens Jr. in the role of Deputy Director AD Kirsch and she was floored. She never connected Chief Webber to Kirsch or Pickens Jr.’s crispy bigoted. abusive turn as Mr. Charles – father of David Fisher’s partner Keith.