Happy birthday to Chicago Med’s Greg Alan Williams

Chicago Med recurring guest star Greg Alan Williams celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, so we’re celebrating his Chicago Med character Bert Goodwin.

Today we’re saying happy birthday to Chicago Med alum Greg Alan Williams, whom One Chicago fans will recognize for his role as Bert Goodwin.

Bert was originally the husband of hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson), but the first season ended with her discovering that he had walked out on her.

He returned in Chicago Med season 2 with his new girlfriend Lyla (played by Garcelle Beauvais), in hopes that his ex-wife’s hospital could save her.

After Lyla passed away from her illness, Bert most recently returned in the Chicago Med season 3 episode “The Tipping Point” as he had tried to kill himself. Sharon laid down some tough love for her ex-husband, and we don’t know where or if his story goes from here.

Bert Goodwin will probably never be anyone’s favorite Chicago Med character. He abandoned his marriage and left Sharon heartbroken, and it takes a lot of guts to then bring your new girlfriend into your ex-wife’s hospital and ask for her help!

But Greg Alan Williams (also credited as GregAlan Williams and Gregory Alan Williams) has also made him somewhat understandable, at least in seeing him try to own up to his behavior and trying to deal with his grief. We may not love Bert, but we can’t totally hate him either.

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Williams should also look very familiar to One Chicago fans, because he’s one of those actors who has been all over television for several decades in a wide variety of roles.

His past role on the OWN original series Greenleaf, playing Mac McCready, had its own One Chicago connection. Mac was stabbed to death by Grace Greenleaf, who’s played by Merle Dandridge—who was originally cast as the Chief on Chicago Fire before she was replaced by Eamonn Walker!

Other places you’ve seen Greg Alan Williams before? He appeared on Dick Wolf‘s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the 2007 episode “Philadelphia” and played T.C. Williams High School coach Paul “Doc” Hines in the 200 football film Remember The Titans, alongside Denzel Washington and Will Patton.

His first major TV role was on Baywatch as cop Garner Ellerbee. He’s also recently recurred on ABC‘s Secrets and Lies, NBC‘s Game of Silence, and The CW‘s Containment, so he’s pretty much been almost everywhere.

But to One Chicago viewers, he’s always going to be Bert Goodwin. He has done something with a role that could easily be unsympathetic and irritating, and made him into much more developed of a character. Let’s see if he still needs Sharon’s help in Chicago Med season 4.

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