Michael Kenneth Williams, known as Michael K. Williams was an American actor who was well recognized for playing Omar Little on the HBO drama series “The Wire” and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”. He previously worked as a dancer, appearing in music videos and on tours with Madonna and George Michael. Michael made his first acting appearance as the on-screen brother of Tupac Shakur in the 1996 film “Bullet”. He had starred in several films and TV series such as “The Road”, “Inherent Vice”, “The Night Of”, “Gone Baby Gone”, “When We Rise”, “When They See Us”, and many others. Additionally, Williams played Montrose Freeman on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country” in 2020. Sadly, we lost such a versatile icon on 6th September 2021.
Michael K Williams was found dead
Michael K Williams, best known for starring in the HBO drama series “The Wire”, has been found dead in his New York apartment on 6th September 2021. He was 54. US media quote law enforcement sources as saying he died from a suspected drug overdose. This has not been officially confirmed. New York Police Department spokesman John Grimpel said police went to Williams’s Brooklyn apartment after receiving an emergency call at 14:00 local time on Monday (18:00 GMT).
- Being an American actor.
- For playing Omar Little on the HBO drama series “The Wire” and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire”.
Where was Michael K. Williams Born?
Michael K. Williams was born on 22nd November 1966 with the real name of Michael Kenneth Williams in New York City, U.S. He was American by nationality and mixed by ethnicity as he was born to an African-American father and a Bahamian mother. Similarly, his religion was Christian and his race was black. Michael lastly celebrated his 54th birthday back in 2020 and as per his birthdate, his zodiac sign was Sagittarius. He was the son of Booker T. Williams (father), and Paula Williams (mother).
Moving to Michael’s education, he attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.
How was the Acting career of Michael K. Williams?
- Michael K. Williams kicked off his career working for Pfizer pharmaceuticals as a temp after which he got a job as a background dancer with singer Kym Sims and choreographed Crystal Waters’ 1994 single “100% Pure Love”.
- One of his first acting roles was alongside Tupac Shakur as High Top in the 1996 film “Bullet” whereas he also served as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador to the Campaign for Smart Justice.
- He gained much fame after he was seen in “The Wire” in the role of Omar Little, which began filming in 2002.
- Later Williams went by his character’s name during his portrayal of Omar Little and developed a habit of smoking cannabis and an addiction to cocaine in 2004.
- Moreover, he starred on J. J. Abrams’ “Alias” and made brief appearances on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, “Boston Legal”, “The Sopranos”, “Law & Order”, “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, “Human Giant”, and “Third Watch”.
- Then, he was seen as a recurring guest star Q, a police sniper in “The Kill Point” and played a Boston area detective named Devin Amronklin in the 2007 film “Gone, Baby, Gone”.
- He played the role of Teddy in the Chris Rock film “I Think I Love My Wife” as well as starred in the role of The Thief in the 2009 film “The Road”.
- Williams appeared in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” for its five seasons (2010-2014) where he starred as Albert “Chalky” White, the leader of the 1920s’ Atlantic City’s black community.
- “Community” creator Dan Harmon revealed on 23rd July 2011 that Michael would star in “at least three episodes” of the sitcom’s third season.
- He announced on 16th May 2012 that he was an executive producer of the independent film “Snow on tha Bluff”, which was his first film under his company, Freedome Productions.
- Williams also revealed that he was starring in the lead role as rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard (ODB) from the Wu-Tang Clan in the movie “Dirty Whiteboy” in 2014.
- It was announced on 9th March 2015 that Williams would star in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard” after which he started working with Vice News, hosting a VICELAND program titled “Black Market” in 2016.
- He was originally cast as Dryden Vos, a crime lord, in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, but he exited the role after being unable to return for re-shoots due to scheduling conflicts with “The Red Sea Diving Resort”.
- Michael also played Montrose Freeman on the HBO series “Lovecraft Country” in 2020.
Was Michael K. Williams Married?
Michael K. Williams was an unmarried guy and did not have a wife at the time of his demise. The actor kept his personal life under wraps, but several fans wondered if he was gay, owing to his portrayal of certain characters on-screen. He did not identify as gay himself, although he portrayed many homosexual characters. Furthermore, the actor had a history of dating women, and his rumored relationship with Tasha Smith is a well-known one. Michael is also the father of one son named Elijah. Concerning his sexual orientation, he was straight.
How much was Michael K. Williams Net Worth?
Michael K. Williams had a net worth of $5 million as of 2021. He also earned a handsome amount of salary which was also in thousands of dollars per year. Michael had gained a considerable amount of money from his profession as his major source of income was from his acting career. He had not done any endorsement work till the time of his death.
What was the Height of Michael K. Williams?
Michael K. Williams stood at an ideal height of 5 ft 10 in (1.8 m) with a balanced bodyweight of 76 kg. He had good-looking short black hair and dark brown eyes color. Michael’s ethnic background was probably one of the reasons for his bold and extremely attractive personality. His body build type was average.