The Hollywood Star, Michael K. Williams dead at Age 54

Michael K. Williams, an actor best known for his role as Omar Little on HBO’s “The Wire,” is dead. He lived 54 years.

The Hollywood Star, Michael K. Williams dead at Age 54

Michael Williams was found dead in his New York City apartment. The New York Police Department confirmed to Variety that the actor was found dead today at 2 p.m. inside of his Brooklyn residence.

He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The RoadInherent ViceThe Night OfGone Baby Gone12 Years a SlaveWhen We RiseWhen They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.

Williams received three Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nominations for his roles in Bessie (2015), The Night Of (2016) and When They See Us (2019).

Williams had a recurring role on J. J. Abrams’ Alias. He also had a recurring role on the Abrams-produced Six Degrees. He has also made brief appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (playing two different characters on two different seasons), Boston LegalThe SopranosLaw & Order (playing three different characters on three different seasons), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also playing two different characters on two different seasons), Human Giant and Third Watch.

He played Teddy, the former boyfriend of Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington) in the Chris Rock film I Think I Love My Wife. He played James, a policeman, in singer R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet”. He also appeared in The Game’s “Dreams” and “How We Do” music videos, Tony Yayo’s “It’s a Stick Up” music video and Cam’ron’s film Killa Season, as well as Trick Daddy’s video “Tuck Your Ice In”, Sheek Louch’s “Good Love”, and Young Jeezy’s “Bury me a G” alongside his The Wire co-star Hassan Johnson.

Williams, a New York City native, most recently appeared in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” and the series “F Is for Family.” He starred as Chalky White in fours seasons of the prohibition-era drama “Boardwalk Empire.”
The cause of Michael K. Williams dead has not been announced yet.

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