William Allen Young is an acclaimed American actor who is recognized by millions of worldwide fans for his starring roles in more than 100 television, stage and film projects, including two Academy Award-nominated films – “A Soldier’s Story” and “District 9.” His other film credits include “Lock Up” and “Wisdom.” The Washington, D.C. native grew up in Los Angeles where he studied acting at the famed Inner City Acting Academy, and with John Houseman at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.
Young gained national attention for his portrayal of Jeff Jackson in the television miniseries “Freedom Road” and the miniseries “Sins,” on the Network. He is perhaps best known for his role as the tough but loving father on “Moesha.” His other television credits include MADAM SECRETARY, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, NCIS, “Medium,” “The Mentalist” and “CSI: Miami,” on the Network, “Simple Justice,” “Any Day Now,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “General Hospital,” “The Game,” “Castle,” “Commander in Chief” and “Nip/Tuck.” Also, he appeared in the television movie “Women of Brewster Place” and “The Day After,” the television mini-series “Mariah.” He received critical praise for his performance in “The Atlanta Child Murders.”
Young appeared off-Broadway in the Mark Taper Forum production of “In the Belly of the Beast” and in the Ebony Repertory Theater production of “Fraternity,” for which he received an NAACP Theater Award.
Young is a distinguished USC graduate and holds a master’s degree in sociolinguistics and a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and theatre arts. He has inspired the lives of thousands of inner city youths and created opportunities for them to obtain a college education through his award-winning L.A.-based nonprofit organization, the Young Center for Academic & Cultural Enrichment.
Young is married to educator-counselor Helen P. Young, his wife of 29 years. The couple has two sons and resides in Los Angeles. His birth date is Jan. 24. Follow him on Twitter at @William_A_Young.