CM – Michael K. Williams, star of « The Wire », dies at the age of 54


Michael Kenneth Williams, a cast member on HBO’s The Night Of, poses for a portrait during the Television Critics Association’s 2016 Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo) by Chris Pizzello / Invision / AP)

Michael K. Williams, the enigmatic actor whose work included « The Wire » and a recent Emmy nomination for « Lovecraft Country, » is aged Died 54 years. Law enforcement agencies confirmed the news to the media. Williams officials said, “It is with deep sadness that the family announces the death of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy as they mourn this insurmountable loss. ”

The actor was discovered by his nephew in the living room of his Williamsburg apartment. It has been said that Williams may have died from a drug overdose, with police saying no suspected foul play. Williams had been vocal about his struggles with substance abuse over the years. The actor, a five-time Emmy nominee, recently received a nomination for his role as Montrose Freeman in the HBO drama « Lovecraft Country. »

Williams was from Brooklyn and grew up in East Flatbush. He was discovered by rapper Tupac Shakur and made his acting debut in 1996 in the Shakur drama « Bullet ». In 2002 he received critical acclaim as Omar Little in the HBO drama « The Wire ». The character was originally supposed to be a seven-episode arc, but Williams’ portrayal was so admired that the character was extended through the series in 2008.


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Williams has worked with several top directors throughout his career, in both film and television. From 2010 to 2014 he played Chalky White in Martin Scorsese’s “Boardwalk Empire”, Paul Thomas Anderson in “Inherent Vice”, Ben Affleck in “Gone Baby Gone” and Steve McQueen in “12 Years a Slave” 2013.

Der The actor’s appearances on various television shows were generally well received, from « Alias » to an episode of « Law and Order: Special Victims’ Unit ». Although he was never nominated for « The Wire », he received his first Emmy nomination for the role of Jack Gee in the musical biopic « Bessie ». He was later nominated for « The Night Of » and « When They See Us ».

The actor has received praise from a number of black LGBTQ writers, Williams’ nuanced portrayal of gay characters in « The Wire », Hap and Leonard « and » Lovecraft Country « have cited as a barrier to the black community.

Williams had completed several two projects, one of which is currently in the works. He was supposed to play Doc Broadus in an upcoming biopic about George Foreman, however it is not known how advanced, if any, the production of the film was at his death.

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