Isaiah Washington
General Information
Birth Name: Isaiah Washington IV
Birthday: August 3, 1963
Birth Place: Houston, Texas
Age: 52
Spouses: Jenisa Marie Garland (m. 1996)
Children: 3
Isaiah V
Character Information
Role: Preston Burke
Seasons: 1 2 3 10
Isaiah Washington is an American actor, best known for role as Preston Burke on Grey's Anatomy and Thelonius Jaha on The 100.

Early Life Edit

Isaiah Washington IV was born on August 3, 1963, in Houston, Texas, to Isaiah Washington III, who was murdered when Isaiah IV was 13. His parents were residents in the Houston Heights community. They moved to Missouri City, Texas, around 1980, where he was one of the first graduates from Willowridge High School, in 1981. He served in the United States Air Force and attended Howard University.

Career Edit

In 2005, he originated the role of gifted cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. He had several issues with some of the cast including, T.R. Knight and Patrick Dempsey. On June 7, 2007, ABC announced it decided not to renew his contract and that he'd be dropped from the show.

In July 2007, NBC decided to cast him in its new series Bionic Woman. On March 6, 2014, ABC announced that he would be returning to the show in a guest appearance in season 10. His appearance served as part of a farewell storyline for Sandra Oh's character, Cristina Yang.

He wrote a book called A Man from Another Land. It was about him finding his roots after a DNA test which showed that his ancestors came from Sierra Leone in West Africa. After that he traveled to Sierra Leone in May 2006, and donated medical supplies to a hospital and built a school.

In 2013, he starred win Blue Caprice.

In 2014, he was cast as Chancellor Thelonius Jaha on The CW show, The 100.

Personal Life Edit

He married Jenisa Marie Garland on February 14, 1996. They have three children; Isaiah V, Iman, and Tyme.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1991 The Color of Love
1991 Land Where My Fathers Died Malcolm
1991 Strictly Business Hustler
1993 Strapped Willie
1994 Crooklyn Vic
1994 Alma's Rainbow Miles
1995 Stonewall Uniformed Cop
1995 Clockers Victor Dunham
1995 Dead Presidents Andrew Curtis
1996 Girl 6 Shoplifter
1996 Mr. and Mrs. Loving Blue
1996 Get on the Bus Kyle
1996 Soul of the Game Adult Willie Mays
1997 Love Jones Savon Garrison
1997 Joe Torre: Curveballs Along the Way Dwight Gooden
1998 Always Outnumbered Wilfred
1998 Mixing Nia Lewis
1998 Bulworth Darnell
1998 Rituals Wendal
1999 True Crime Frank Louis Beechum
1999 Out of Sight Kenneth Miller
1999 A Texas Funeral Walter
2000 Veil Bentley
2000 Romeo Must Die Mac
2000 Dancing in September George Washington
2000 Kin Stone
2001 Tara Max
2001 Exit Wounds George Clark
2001 Sacred Is the Flesh Roland
2002 Welcome to Collinwood Leon
2002 Ghost Ship Geer
2003 Hollywood Homicid Antoine Sartain
2003 This Girl's Life Shane
2004 Wild Things 2 Terence Bridge
2004 Dead Birds Todd
2004 Trois: The Escort Bernard "Benny" Grier
2005 The Moguls Homer
2008 The Least of These Father Andre James
2010 Hurricane Season Coach Buddy Simmons
2011 Area Q Thomas Matthews
2012 The Undershepherd LC
2013 Blue Caprice John Muhammed
2013 Doctor Bello Dr. Michael Durant
2014 Blackbird Lance Rosseau

Television Edit

Year Title Role Episode
1991 Law & Order Derek Hardy "Out of Control"
1994 Homicide: Life on the Street Lane Staley "Black and Blue"
1994 Lifestoris: Families in Crisis O.G. "POWER - The Eddie Matos Story"
1995 NYPD Blue Antonio Boston "E.R."
1996 New York Undercover Andre Morgan 2 episodes
1996 Living Single Dr. Charles Roberts 3 episodes
1997 High Incident Rulon "RuDog" Douglas "Remote Control"
1998 Ally McBeal Michael Rivers 2 episodes
2000 Soul Food Miles Jenkins 3 episodes
2001 Touched by an Angel Reverend Davis "A Death in the Family"
2001 All My Children Police Officer "5 July 2001"
2005-07 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Preston Burke Main Cast (season 1-3), 62 eps.
2007 Bionic Woman Antonio Pope 5 episodes
2008 The Cleaner Keith Bowen "The Eleventh Hour"
2011 Law & Order: LA Roland Davidson "Carthay Circle"
2011 Single Ladies Noland "Confidence Games"
2014 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Preston Burke Guest (season 10), 1 episode
2014-present The 100 Chancellor Thelonious Jaha 42 episodes

Awards Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
2002 Image Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special Dancing in September Nominated
2006 Image Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Image Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2007 Screen Actor Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 Screen Actor Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated

Trivia Edit