Michael K. Williams was an actor from the United States with a net worth of $5 million at the time of his death.
He was best recognised for his role as Omar on “The Wire.” He also starred in the HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” Michael died tragically on September 6, 2021, at the age of 54.
Michael K. Williams & Early life
He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 22, 1966. As a youth, Michael attended the National Black Theatre in Harlem.
He worked as a temp at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals while studying. Against his family’s objections, he dropped out of school and abandoned his job to pursue a career as a dancer, and after a year of mediocrity and being homeless, he landed work as a background dancer on Kym Sims’ “Too Blind to See It” tour.
This led to dance and choreography work with Madonna, George Michael, and Crystal Waters, among others.
Michael K. Williams Career as an actor
After being found by Tupac Shakur, Williams was cast as High Top in the 1996 film “Bullet,” which was one of his first acting jobs. He appeared in a number of film and television projects from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s.
Due to a huge scar on his face from a bar brawl in New York City while he was in his early twenties, he frequently played thug-type characters.
“Bringing Out the Dead,” “Law & Order,” and “The Sopranos” were among his early endeavours.
Michael K. Williams movies career
In 2002, he was cast in the role of Omar Little on “The Wire,” which would gain him the most critical acclaim and renown. He was cast after only one audition.
He was previously told that Omar’s character would only appear in seven episodes throughout the first season.
Williams was named one of 10 reasons why people still enjoy television by USA Today for his depiction of Omar.
Williams was acclaimed for his unusual portrayal of Omar, which added wit and fun to the sometimes drab TV crime drama scene. For his work as Omar, Williams was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series in 2007.
Senator Barack Obama declared “The Wire” to be his favourite TV show and Omar to be his favourite character in 2008.
Williams landed recurring appearances on shows like “Alias,” “Six Degrees,” “CSI,” “Boston Legal,” “The Sopranos,” and “Law & Order” after his six-year, 41-episode run on “The Wire.”
“Gone Baby Gone,” “I Think I Love My Wife,” “The Road,” “Life During Wartime,” and a slew of other films featured him.
He’s also starred in music videos for R. Kelly, The Game, Young Jeezy, Trick Daddy, MGMT, Marilyn Manson, and ASAP Rocky, to name a few.
From 2010 through 2014, Williams played in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” portraying Albert “Chalky” White, the leader of Atlantic City’s black population in the 1920s.
He also appeared in three episodes of the third season of “Community.”
Williams was in talks to play Django in Quentin Tarantino’s next picture “Django Unchained,” but schedule difficulties with “Boardwalk Empire” stopped him from doing so.
Under his firm Freedome Productions, he executive produced the independent film “Snow on the Bluff” in 2012.
Williams starred in SundanceTV’s “Hap and Leonard” in March 2015, which was based on a series of novels by Joe R. Lansdale.
Season one was well-received, and season two premiered in 2017. Williams began working with Vice News in 2016, anchoring a VICELAND programme called “Black Market.”
In 2016, he played Freddy Knight in six episodes of “The Night Of.” For his portrayal, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Actor in a Limited Series.
In 2018, he was featured in Vice’s “Raised in the System,” a personal quest to reveal the root of the juvenile justice system and the mass imprisonment catastrophe in the United States.
Williams used his character’s identity and developed a cannabis problem as well as a cocaine addiction in 2004 while playing Omar Little. Williams is currently dating actress Tasha Smith, according to reports from 2019.