MLK Pickens

Severance Hall
January 14 – Sunday at 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert


Guest Artist

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  While attending college at Bowling Green State University, he began pursuing an interest in acting.  He graduated from BGSU with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1976.  Afterwards, Pickens began work on the stage at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City.  During this time, he starred in the Negro Ensemble Company’s production of A Soldier’s Play with Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.  He first came to the screen as an ambulance driver in F/X in 1986.  That same year, he began appearing on the soap opera Another World.  Among a steady line-up of work in the 1990s, he also appeared on the popular romance drama Beverly Hills 90210 and the comedy series Roseanne.

Pickens is perhaps best known to television audiences for his portrayal as Dr. Richard Webber on the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, launched in 2005.  He reprised this same role in the spin-off series Private Practice.  Outside of acting, James Pickens spends much of his time around horses and is part of the United States Championship Roping team.  He is married to Gina Pickens (née Taylor) and is father to two sons.