Michael K. Williams ‘American actor’ Dead at 54
Michael K. Williams, who memorably portrayed Omar Little in “The Wire” and Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire,” has died at age 54.
He was a regular on many acclaimed HBO series, including “The Wire,” “Boradwalk Empire,” “The Night Of” and 2020’s “Lovecraft Country.”
Williams also acted in many acclaimed films including “Inherent Vice,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Road.”
“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” his long-time rep Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Addiction doesn’t go away,” he said at the time. “It’s an everyday struggle for me, but I’m fighting.”
— Variety (@Variety) September 6, 2021
Michael Kenneth Williams (November 22, 1966 – September 6, 2021) was an American actor. He played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and 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 Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.
Williams received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations: three for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (pending), and one for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
Michael K. Williams, best known for his role as Omar Little in “The Wire,” was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment.Character actor Michael K. Williams cause of death — famous for his role as Omar Little in the HBO series “The Wire” — He has died of a possible drug overdose, multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC 4 New York.
Rest in Peace Michael K. Williams!