Julius Tennon

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Julius William Tennon

(1953-12-24) December 24, 1953 (age 70)
Austin, Texas
EducationUniversity of Tulsa
Occupationactor, producer
Sheryl Arnold (m. 1974⁠–⁠1980)
Christine White (m. 1992⁠–⁠1998)
Viola Davis (m. 2003)

Julius Tennon is an American actor and producer, best known for his roles as James Jordan in Air (2023) and The Woman King. He is married to American actress Viola Davis.

Early life

Tennon was born in Austin, Texas on 24 December 1953.[1]

In the eight grade, Tennon memorized and performed the “I have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. This inspired Tennon to pursue an acting career.[2]

He later obtained a full scholarship to University of Tulsa, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.[3]

Personal life

Tennon married Sheryl Arnold in 1974. The couple had two children, a daughter born in 1976, and a son born in 1979. They divorced in 1980. He was married to Christine White from 1992-1998.

Tennon met actress Viola Davis in 1999 on the set of City of Angels.[4] They married in 2003. They adopted a daughter from Haiti in 2011.


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 How to Get Away with Murder Desmond 1 episode
2006, 2013 Criminal Minds Carl Buford 2 episodes
2000 City of Angels Dr. James Holly 2 episodes
Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2023 Air James Jordan
2022 The Woman King Moru also producer
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice General Security Chief
2016 Custody Court Officer Joe
2015 Lila & Eve Ben
2012 Won't Back Down Thomas


  1. "Julius Tennon | Actor, Producer". IMDb. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  2. "Julius William Tennon". www.tualumni.com. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  3. Raiford, Tiffany (2021-04-03). "10 Things You Didn't Know about Julius Tennon". TVovermind. Retrieved 2023-12-26.
  4. "Viola Davis and Julius Tennon's Relationship Timeline". Peoplemag. Retrieved 2023-12-26.

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