News - September 7, 2021

Actor Michael K. Williams dies aged 54
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Actor Michael K. Williams dies aged 54

Michael K. Williams, best known for his roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, has died at the age of 54. 

Williams has found dead yesterday (September 6th) at his apartment in New York. His cause of death has yet to be formally confirmed.

Born in 1966 in Brooklyn and raised in the Vanderveer Projects in East Flatbush, Williams initially found work as a dancer for the likes of Missy Elliot, Ginuwine, Crystal Waters, George Michael and Madonna, all the while working in theatre in New York's vibrant off-Broadway fringe. 

After a few years of low-key roles in films and TV, Williams' break came in 2002 when he was cast as Omar Little, the enigmatic criminal with a strict model code, in HBO's hit series The Wire

From there Williams' career went from strength to strength with prominent roles in films like Gone Baby GoneThe RoadBrooklyn's FinestSnitch12 Years A SlaveInherent ViceTriple 9Ghostbusters and Motherless Brooklyn. 

He also continued a successful TV career, with key roles in both Boardwalk Empire and Lovecraft Country. 

Many of Williams' fellow actors have paid tribute to him and a section are included below:

 

 

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