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Jason George

as Ben Warren
Actor Biography

Jason George is an actor with more than 50 guest-starring and nine series-regular television roles to his credit in primetime television. Originally, George and his mentor – a Virginia Supreme Court Justice – had mapped out a career path in law. However, a college friend coaxed George into taking an acting class, where he discovered his true calling. The career change paid off when he beat out 14,000 hopefuls in a nationwide search and landed his first major acting job on Aaron Spelling's Sunset Beach. Seen for the last six seasons on Grey's Anatomy as Miranda Bailey's husband, Dr. Ben Warren, George became a series regular in 2016.

George is also known for his work as a regular on Mistresses, Eve and Eli Stone, as well as films including Playing the Field, with Gerard Butler. Other projects include With This Ring, with Jill Scott, Eve and Regina Hall; Witches of East End; The Climb; and Barbershop, with Anthony Anderson and Ice Cube.

A classically trained theater actor, George's most recent stage work had him starring in the well-received but controversial production of 12 Angry Men at the Pasadena Playhouse. The play, with its half-white, half-black cast, won the NAACP Theater Award for Best Production; and George had the honor of playing Juror No. 8, the role made famous by Henry Fonda and Jack Lemon in film versions. In a prior stage outing, George played the lead in U.S. poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner Rita Dove's epic drama, The Darker Face of the Earth, which relocates Sophocles's Oedipus Rex to the plantation south in 1820.

When not onstage or in front of the camera, George's passion turns to educating and engaging with other artists and young people. He has lectured, hosted panels, or given keynote and commencement speeches for many at-risk youth groups, schools and universities, such as University of Virginia, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Philadelphia's Youth Study Center, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and The Paley Center for Media (formally known as The Museum of Television and Radio).

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from University of Virginia, George went on to get his Master of Fine Arts in acting from Temple University and served on the board for Temple's School of Communications and Theater. However, George has spent much of his free time in support of his fellow actors by serving on the Frank Nelson Memorial Sick and Benefit Fund, as well as the National Boards of both the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists – now merged into SAG-AFTRA. He is currently the chair of the national union's Diversity Advisory committee, has been chair or co-chair of the legacy unions' National or Hollywood EEO Committees, and has been part of the unions' negotiating teams for the last several primetime television and film contracts, where he has been instrumental in helping to protect performers and championing diversity. George is extremely pleased to put all of this experience to work in Collaborations Workshop, a weekly workspace he hosts for actors to further their craft and their career.

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