James Pickens Jr. in Roseanne

James Pickens Jr.

Born: 1954-10-26


James Pickens Jr.

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.

Source: TV.com

Season 9

Honor Thy Mother
WatchedS09E04: Honor Thy Mother
Aired: Tue, 1996-10-08
Dan ponders the meaning of life. Jackie and Roseanne plan a spa getaway. Dan decides it's time to take care of his mom.

Season 8

Construction Junction
WatchedS08E16: Construction Junction
Aired: Tue, 1996-02-13
When Dan's buddies show up with a great new job prospect for the old crew, Dan is confused as to what to do. Should he continue on at the garage, or make a bid on a huge construction job, that would make him & his...
Out of the Past
WatchedS08E15: Out of the Past
Aired: Tue, 1996-02-06
While Nana Mary amuses Roseanne and Jackie with a box of their childhood treasures, they take a walk down memory lane, & discover that Roseanne has always been the queen, to Jackie's minion status. Jackie finds her long lost...

Season 7

My Name is Bev
WatchedS07E14: My Name is Bev
Aired: Wed, 1995-01-11
After Bev is charged with drunken driving, Jackie and Roseanne accompany her to a mandatory court ordered AA meeting, where she decides that she is indeed an alcoholic. Later that day, there is a Superbowl party at Roseanne'...
White Men Can't Kiss
WatchedS07E09: White Men Can't Kiss
Aired: Wed, 1994-11-16
Roseanne is busy finishing up a costume for DJ's part in the school play, when he comes in and says that he quit the part. After he is asked why, DJ explains that the kissing of a black girl turns him away from the role. Ro...

Season 6

Suck Up or Shut Up
WatchedS06E13: Suck Up or Shut Up
Aired: Tue, 1994-01-04
Roseanne joins a women's club in hopes of establishing useful contacts, leaving DJ with a weird classmate to entertain whose mother also belongs. Meanwhile Mark drops a bombshell on Becky when Dan discovers that he has dropp...
WatchedS06E09: Homecoming
Aired: Tue, 1993-11-16
Becky and Mark return home for Dan's high school football team's 20th anniversary party. It soon becomes apparent that there's trouble in paradise, so Roseanne schemes to break them up.

Season 5

Glengarry, Glen Rosey
WatchedS05E23: Glengarry, Glen Rosey
Aired: Tue, 1993-05-04
The clock is ticking on the loan payment that needs to be made at the Lumber Yard that Dan borrowed from to refurbish a house that Roger picked out. When the buyer fell through, and Roger skips town, all looks grim, until Ja...
Promises, Promises
WatchedS05E22: Promises, Promises
Aired: Tue, 1993-04-06
It's prom night for Darlene and David, and after some coaxing, Darlene agrees to go. She has a surprise for David that she announces midway through the night, that she has rented a motel room for their "first time". Meanwhile...
War and Peace (2)
WatchedS05E14: War and Peace (2)
Aired: Tue, 1993-01-12
Dan returns home to rampant rumors about his behavior, all of Lanford has a different story about the way Dan ended up in jail. But no one's is right. Jackie has no idea what had happened until Crystal said that Dan got in a...
Crime and Punishment (1)
WatchedS05E13: Crime and Punishment (1)
Aired: Tue, 1993-01-05
Stand on Your Man
WatchedS05E09: Stand on Your Man
Aired: Tue, 1992-11-17
It is Grand Opening Day at the Lunch Box, the diner that Roseanne, Jackie, Nancy and Bev have started together. After a long opening day, Roseanne is closing up shop, when a crazed man scares her. Realizing that they need pro...
Halloween IV
WatchedS05E07: Halloween IV
Aired: Tue, 1992-10-27
Roseanne sends everyone to a party while she stays home -- and is visited by the ghosts of Halloween past, present, and future. To teach her a lesson about the Halloween spirit.

Season 4

WatchedS04E23: Secrets
Aired: Tue, 1992-04-28
Mark turns to alcohol to solve his problems with Becky, and Dan lies to Roseanne about the boy's drunken, reckless evening at the Lobo Lounge to cover both their tracks.
The Bowling Show
WatchedS04E14: The Bowling Show
Aired: Tue, 1992-01-21
When Dan and Arnie struggle to bring their bowling team out of last place, some unexpected competition arises. Meanwhile, Roseanne feels shut out of Jackie's new friendship with Nancy.
Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down
WatchedS04E06: Trick Me Up, Trick Me Down
Aired: Tue, 1991-10-29
Roseanne is on pins & needles, convinced that Kathy Bowman will take revenge for the Halloween prank she played on her; Jackie flirts with a moose at the Lodge costume party only to discover that it's former boyfriend Booker.
Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker
WatchedS04E03: Why Jackie Becomes a Trucker
Aired: Tue, 1991-10-01
After a night out on the town drinking, Jackie awakens and is horrified to find that she has slept with Arnie. Dan invites Leon home for the weekly poker game; D.J. trades his comics for a dog, and Roseanne spends all of her ...

Season 3

Scenes from a Barbecue
WatchedS03E24: Scenes from a Barbecue
Aired: Tue, 1991-05-07
The Connors celebrate Mother's Day with a barbecue with Roseanne's feisty grandmother.
Trick or Treat
WatchedS03E07: Trick or Treat
Aired: Tue, 1990-10-30
Roseanne shows up dressed as a bearded lumberjack to a Halloween Party at the Lobo Lounge and spends the night "in character" as well as in costume.