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Grey's Anatomy season 17 cast: Who is Eric Roberts? Meet actor behind Jackson Avery's dad


Grey’s Anatomy series 17 continues this evening, Thursday, May 6, on ABC with episode 14, Look Up Child. This instalment will focus on Dr Jackson Avery (played by Jesse Williams) who will be going on an emotional journey, in search of answers by revisiting his past. This includes his own dad who had abandoned him and Catherine Fox (Debbie Allen) when he was young.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Grey’s Anatomy.

Back in season 13, Jackson tracked down his estranged father Robert Avery (Eric Roberts) at his newly opened bar in Montana.

At first, Jackson didn’t introduce himself and just got very drunk but the following night he went back and told Robert who he was.

They had a brief heart to heart which was soon ruined when he told Jackson he couldn’t deal with Catherine’s expectations.

Jackson was furious at this and when it was his time to go back to Seattle, he told Robert he was no longer his dad.

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Roberts has had memorable recurring roles in shows such as Suits, Heroes, Code Black and CSI.

In terms of guest appearances, the 65-year-old has been in Will and Grace, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Grey’s Anatomy, Hawaii Five-0 and Entourage.

He won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor for Less Than Perfect, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for Inherent Vice and in 2018, the Golden Orange Lifetime Honorary Award.

Roberts isn’t the only famous one in his family as fans may recognise his daughter.

Eric Roberts is the father of Emma Roberts who shot to fame when she starred in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous.

Since then, she has made a name for herself with various other projects, including Scream Queens, Blow, American Horror Story and We’re The Millers.

Her latest film was Holidate, a festive rom-com on Netflix, starring actor Luke Bracey.

Grey’s Anatomy is available to watch on ABC.


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