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 GregAlan Williams
 
Host of "Know Your Heritage" & "Know Your Heritage: Black College Quiz"

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Author, educator, GregAlan Williams is an Emmy Award Winning actor whose most recent appearances include recurring roles on many of television’s hottest shows, including; THE SOPRANOS (HBO), THE WEST WING (ABC), BOSTON LEGAL  (ABC), THE DISTRICT (CBS), THE PRACTICE(ABC) and  LAWS & ORDER SVU (NBC) Other recent credits include his role as self-serving Medical Director, Dr. Nathan Ambrose, on primetime’s first Black medical drama, CITY OF ANGELS, BE COOL with Uma Thurman and John Travolta, and opposite Oscar winner Denzel Washington, as Coach Paul “Doc” Hines, in the acclaimed high school football saga REMEMBER THE TITANS.  

GregAlan’s Emmy nominated public television special, 1534 CLEVELAND, won second place honors in the Black FilmMakers Hall of Fame Film Festival Competition. Written and performed by Mr. Williams, 1534 is a collection of moving and insightful essays about growing up African-American in the Midwest during the turbulent 60’s. GregAlan is also recognized by millions around the world for seven seasons as beach cop Garner Ellerbee on the television series BAYWATCH and BAYWATCH NIGHTS.

On April 29, 1992, millions of Americans watched GregAlan Williams rescue a brutally beaten Japanese-American motorist at the riot torn Los Angeles intersection of Florence and Normandy. He is the recipient of the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award, and the first recipient of the Salem Award for Justice. Though hailed nationally as  “hero” and “good Samaritan”, GregAlan reminds audiences that when we step up and speak up on behalf of others, we are, in reality, acting in our own best interest.   For nearly a decade, GregAlan has been teaching tolerance in diverse communities across America. A riveting speaker, master trainer, and critically acclaimed author, his widely read book on tolerance and compassion, A Gathering of Heroes, was hailed as “a moving illumination of the meaning of brotherhood” (Kirkus Reviews).   

During the past several years Williams has shared the podium with distinguished diversity/tolerance speakers such as, Noble Laureate, Elie Weisel, Rev. Joseph Lowry, President Emeritus SCLC, former US Secretary of Labor, Lexus Herman, and Israel Ambassador to the United Nations, Mrs. Colette Evital,.  A total of Four “Today Show” interviews; NPR’s, All Things Considered; BET’s Screen Scene; CNBC’s, Rivera Live; and feature stories in the Washington Post; Boston Globe; Detroit News; Readers Digest and Ebony Man, top his extensive list of media credits.  A broad list of venues include: American Federation Of Teachers, US Department of Health and Human Services, Harvard, Howard, UCLA, Purdue, the NAACP,  ADL, and the American Red Cross.  

Williams is also author of the character development book, BOYS TO MEN – Maps For The Journey (Doubleday). A one-on-one conversation with the young male reader, BOYS TO MEN provides a platform for constructive dialogue between young men and their parents or mentors.  It becomes an excellent resource tool for women who are bringing sons to manhood. Though currently out of print, a new edition will be available soon.  

In February 2003, Williams’ book of affirmation for women of color, For Black, Brown, and Beige Baby Girls Born Too Beautiful to Watch the Bay will be released to the general public. Black Baby Girls speaks to women of color about how to keep feeling good about themselves despite a daily bombardment of media images which sometimes suggest that they are not beautiful and worthwhile human beings. Black Baby Girls offers the reader an  “insiders view” of a cosmetic, surgically enhanced Hollywood. Via a warm and loving letter to his own daughter, the long-time Baywatch co-star bolsters reader self-image, inspires confidence, and enhances media literacy among African-American women and girls.    

Past media appearances include four “Today Show” interviews; NPR’s, All Things Considered; BET’s Screen Scene; CNBC’s, Rivera Live; and feature stories in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Detroit News, Readers Digest, Ebony Man and in April 2002 a special CNN profile with Paula Zhan. A broad list of speaking venues include: The American Federation of Teachers, US Department of Health and Human Services, Harvard, Howard, UCLA, Purdue, the NAACP, and the American Red Cross.  

In 1997, Mr. Williams embarked on a two and a half year sabbatical from acting to work, full-time, with a Middle Georgia Head Start program. During this time, he also helped pioneer the Fathers and Families Reunification Project of Central Georgia. As co-founder of the non-profit curriculum development teaching organization, The Journey Foundation, GregAlan continues to work closely with fragile families and at-risk children, in partnership with the Georgia Departments of Juvenile Justice, Human Services, Adoption, and Health. 

In addition to his work in Hollywood, GregAlan has recently completed his first novel HEART OF A WOMAN.