Originally published on Black Doctor.org

These days, it seems like everything is turning up Tyler James Williams. Recently, the actor took home a Golden Globe award for his starring role in the hit comedy “Abbott Elementary”. The star has come a long way since his “Everybody Hates Chris” days. Not to mention, he’s starred in a handful of other TV sitcoms. He’s clearly on the way to becoming one of Hollywood’s noteworthy stars. 

While things are going well for the actor career wise, his personal life has hit quite a few speed bumps. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in his twenties. 

According to, the chronic digestive disease has “affected half a million people in the US for the past 50 years.” The most common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, fatigue, bloating, blood in the stool, and even mouth sores.

Even worse, reports say that individuals can experience symptoms in their teens. Though, most people are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 20 and 30.

Fortunately, Williams’ remained strong throughout the challenging time in his life. More importantly, he learned a very valuable lesson about life. The child-star actor has stated that he needs to stay strong. “Longevity is a big part of the game.” Clearly, the “Abbott Elementary” star is making sure he takes care of his body. 

The Actor Pushed Himself Too Hard

In our 20s, life seems bright and full of a promising future. At 24 years old, doctors diagnosed Williams with Crohn’s disease. At the time, he avoided high school roles and pursued more adult projects. This led Williams to start weight training.

According to an article published in, the actor hired personal trainers and force-fed himself. However, the star’s plan to bulk up went South after he started experiencing the first couple of signs of the inflammatory bowel disease, including abdominal pain.

“It just crashed. Everything shut down,” the actor told Men’s Health. Furthermore, an X-ray revealed that the star had an inflamed bowel filled with scar tissue. The actor pushed his body past its limit, which nearly ended his life. 

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