The Complete Casting Evolution
Tyler James Williams plays Gregory Eddie, a substitute teacher who initially has ambitions to leave Abbott and get a job as a principal, but falls in love with teaching and decides to take a full-time position as a teacher at school. At the Emmys, Williams said People that he felt he and his “Abbott Elementary” co-stars knew the series would be a hit when they filmed the pilot. Williams was right – the show was a hit and at the Emmyshe was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
According ABC, Williams’ acting career began at the age of four when he landed a role in “Sesame Street.” However, he is best known for his starring role in the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated television series, “Everybody Hates Chris”, which won him the NAACP award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.
Williams reminded People that the first time he attended an awards show, he was just 13 years old. Since the “Everybody Hates Chris” finale, Williams has made guest appearances on “The Walking Dead,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Key & Peele,” and “House MD,” among others. “Abbott Elementary” is his first major recurring role since becoming a child star.