• Julius Tennon was born in Austin, Texas in 1953 and is an actor and producer, but mostly known for being the husband of actress Viola Davis.
• He has an estimated net worth of $12 million, made through work in the entertainment industry.
• During his early life, he discovered his talent towards performing and was offered a football scholarship at University of Tulsa.
• His acting career started with a support role in the 1985 film “Confessions of a Serial Killer” and he has since appeared in several notable film and TV projects.
• He has been married three times, and is currently married to Viola Davis. They are both Christians and attend Oasis Church in Los Angeles.

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SpouseViola Davis
FactHe and his wife, Viola Davis, have adopted a baby girl named Genesis [October 18, 2011].

Who is Julius Tennon?

Julius William Tennon was born on 24 December 1953, in Austin, Texas, USA, and is an actor as well as a producer, but perhaps better known for being the husband of actress Viola Davis. He has worked on several notable film projects during his career, including “Small Soldiers” and “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

The Net Worth of Julius Tennon

Julius Tennon’s net worth is estimated at over $12, though he shares the success of his wife Viola, who has a similar net worth. The couple has earned significant income through work in the entertainment industry.

Early Life, Education, and Acting Beginnings

At a young age, Julius accidentally discovered his talent towards performing, as his English teacher noted his potential while he was reading a poetry chapter to the class. In the seventh grade, he was encouraged to try his hand at performing, leading him to a local rendition of the popular Martin Luther King Jr. speech entitled “I Have a Dream”. The project proved inspiring, and shortly afterwards he set his sights towards an acting career.

During high school, he also showed potential for a career in American Football, and after matriculating he was offered a full football scholarship at the University of Tulsa.

He accepted it, and took a course in theatre while playing for the school’s team, becoming one of the first African-Americans to do so. He became a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association team called the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, which had already established itself in the league thanks to two national championship wins. The university is also known for its focus on the arts, managing two museums including the Gilcrease Museum, which contains one of the most significant collections of American art and indigenous artifacts.

Julius Tennon

Acting Career

Following the completion of his degree, Tennon began his career with a support role as an officer in the 1985 film entitled “Confessions of a Serial Killer”. The film is based on the real-life serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, who confessed to the murder of hundreds of women following his incarceration. A few years later, Julius was cast in the mini-series entitled “Lonesome Dove”, which was initially intended to be a film but was later turned into a series following a falling out with the actor John Wayne.

Despite the seemingly downhill direction of the Western genre at the time, the mini-series proved successful, gaining high ratings and numerous nominations during the Emmy Awards. His work there helped him gain more projects, including the television movie “Adam: His Song Continues” which is a sequel to the movie “Adam” released during 1983 on NBC. He also appeared in “The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains” which starred Val Kilmer and aired through HBO. Before the end of the decade, he was cast in the television movie “Trapped”, which starred Katy Boyer.

Latter Career and Production

1993 saw Julius gain a role in the film “Dazed and Confused”, which starred an ensemble cast including Ben Affleck and Milla Jovovich. While the film didn’t initially do well at the box office, it gained increasingly positive critical reviews, and eventual commercial success as years passed. A few years later, he gained one of his most notable roles in “Small Soldiers” – the film follows the story of two factions of action figures at war, and achieved moderate success at the box office.

In 2006, he played the character Carl Buford in the series “Criminal Minds”. The show follows the lives and careers of members of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit or BAU, as they use profiling and behavioral analysis to solve crimes. The show attracted a lot of critical acclaim during its run, and is one of the biggest hits for CBS in terms of rating. Following his work with the show, he started a production company alongside his wife called JeVee Productions, to help create more opportunities and stories related to people of color. Recent years have seen him work more of a background role – one of his latest projects is the film “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”.

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Personal Life

Tennon has married three times, firstly to Sheryl Lynn Arnold in 1974, which lasted for six years and produced two children. His next marriage would occur 12 years later, to Christine Dejohnna White which lasted for six years as well, before the two divorced. In 2003, he married actress Viola Davis, and the two later adopted a child. His wife is known for being one of the most successful black actresses of all time, and is the first one to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, winning two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, as well as an Academy Award during her career.

Her most well-known projects include “Suicide Squad” in which she portrayed the character Amanda Waller, and “How to Get Away with Murder” playing lawyer Annalise Keating. The couple is known to be Christian, and regularly attends the Oasis Church in Los Angeles.

General Info

Full NameJulius Tennon
ProfessionActor, Film producer


SpouseViola Davis
ChildrenGenesis Tennon


MoviesCustody, Lila & Eve, Get on Up, Won't Back Down, Faster, The Architect, Friday Night Lights, Small Soldiers, Dazed and Confused, Shadow Force, Ned Blessing: Return to Plum Creek

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1He and his wife, Viola Davis, have adopted a baby girl named Genesis [October 18, 2011].
2Father of a daughter (with Viola Davis) and two sons.
3Husband of Viola Davis.




Custody2016/ICourt Officer Joe
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice2016General Security Chief
Lila & Eve2015Ben
Get on Up2014Grandpa Byrd (as Julius William Tennon)
Criminal Minds2006-2013TV SeriesCarl Buford
Won't Back Down2012Thomas
Rizzoli & Isles2010TV SeriesWarden
Fame2009Denise's Dad
Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story2006TV MovieMr. Emanuel
The Architect2006Arthur Freeman
The Closer2005TV SeriesDet. Waters
Friday Night Lights2004Coach James
The Practice2003TV SeriesDetective
The District2003TV SeriesCommander Wilkerson
Screen Door Jesus2003Fallon Conroy
The Jersey2003TV SeriesFather
ER1995-2001TV SeriesMr. Stegman / Uniform Cop
7th Heaven2001TV SeriesSecurity Guard
Nikki2001TV SeriesOfficer
The Huntress2000TV SeriesFargas
City of Angels2000TV SeriesDr. James Holly
Chicago Hope2000TV SeriesArnie Carlson
Ally McBeal2000TV SeriesOfficer #1
Any Day Now1999TV Series
The Wayans Bros.1999TV SeriesTrainer
Mad About You1999TV SeriesOfficer #1
NewsRadio1998TV SeriesJudge
Melrose Place1998TV SeriesFBI Agent
Small Soldiers1998Toy World Supervisor
Moesha1997TV SeriesPolice Officer
Walker, Texas Ranger1997TV SeriesJackson
Dead Man's Walk1996TV Mini-SeriesSam
Lone Justice 21995Sealy Petit
Without Consent1994TV Movie
NYPD Blue1994TV SeriesWilliam Danton
Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III1994TV Mini-SeriesMicah
Ned Blessing: The Story of My Life and Times1993TV SeriesSealy Pettit
Dazed and Confused1993Mr. Payne
Shadow Force1992Ron Fuller
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life1992TV MovieTug McFall
Hard Promises1991Football Coach
A Seduction in Travis County1991TV MovieBar Buddy #1
Another Pair of Aces: Three of a Kind1991TV MovieRanger Harvey
Riverbend1989Sgt. Tony Marx
Dream Date1989TV MovieCop #2
Trapped1989TV MovieDetective
Lonesome Dove1989TV Mini-SeriesFrog Lip
It Takes Two1988Jake
Murder Rap1987Dee Jay
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains1987TV MovieNub
Red Headed Stranger1986Messenger
Adam: His Song Continues1986TV MovieLegislator
Confessions of a Serial Killer1985Arresting Officer #2


I'm Your Man2017/Iexecutive producer pre-production
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree2017executive producer / producer pre-production
Untitled Harriet Tubman Projectexecutive producer announced
The Brink2015Short executive producer
Lila & Eve2015executive producer / producer


E! Live from the Red Carpet2014-2017TV SeriesHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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