Michael K. Williams

Though he received his start in entertainment as a dancer and music video performer, actor Michael K. Williams established himself as a bona fide talent with his breakthrough performance as Omar Little, the openly-gay ... Read more »
Born: 11/22/1966 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (62)

Hap and Leonard 2015 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

When We Rise 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Anesthesia 2016 (Movie)

Jeffrey (Actor)

Assassin's Creed 2016 (Movie)

Moussa (Actor)

Black Market with Michael K. Williams 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Ghostbusters 2016 (Movie)

Agent Hawkins (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Land 2016 (Movie)

Pops (Actor)

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Night Of 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Triple 9 2016 (Movie)

Sweet Pea (Actor)

When the Bough Breaks 2016 (Movie)

Roland White (Actor)

Boardwalk Empire 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Captive 2015 (Movie)

Detective John Chestnut (Actor)

Lucas Brothers Moving Co. 2004 - 2008, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Spoils Of Babylon 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Wire 2002 - 2008, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Time Out of Mind 2015 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

Ego 2014 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Inherent Vice 2014 (Movie)

Tariq Khalil (Actor)

Kill the Messenger 2014 (Movie)

Ricky Ross (Actor)

Mall 2014 (Movie)

Michel (Actor)

RoboCop 2014 (Movie)

Jack Lewis (Actor)

The Gambler 2014 (Movie)

Neville Baraka (Actor)

The Orphan King 2014 (Movie)

Mace (Actor)

The Purge: Anarchy 2014 (Movie)

Carmelo (Actor)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

High School USA! 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

LUV 2013 (Movie)

Detective Holloway (Actor)

Snitch 2013 (Movie)

Malik (Actor)

Community 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

They Die By Dawn 2012 (Movie)

Nat Love (Actor)

Detroit 1-8-7 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Taking on Tyson 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll 2011 (Movie)

Sonnyboy (Actor)

Brooklyn's Finest 2010 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Life During Wartime 2010 (Movie)

Allen (Actor)

Wonderful World 2010 (Movie)

Ibou (Actor)

Tell Tale 2009 (Movie)

Acherton (Actor)

The Philanthropist 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Road 2009 (Movie)

Thief (Actor)

CSI: New York 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miracle at St. Anna 2008 (Movie)

Tucker Scared Soldier (Actor)

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

Harlem Bystander (Actor)

The Wire Odyssey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Wire: The Last Word 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Gone Baby Gone 2007 (Movie)

Devin (Actor)

I Think I Love My Wife 2007 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alias 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1997, 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sopranos 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Broke Even 2000 (Movie)

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Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

Drug Dealer (Actor)

Mugshot 1996 (Movie)

Rumor (Actor)

Bessie (TV Show)

Actor

Lackawanna Blues (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though he received his start in entertainment as a dancer and music video performer, actor Michael K. Williams established himself as a bona fide talent with his breakthrough performance as Omar Little, the openly-gay stick-up artist who roams the streets of Baltimore robbing drug dealers and selling the pilfered wares to other pushers on the critically acclaimed series, "The Wire" (HBO, 2001- ). Though originally slated to be on the show for seven episodes - the writers said they wanted to kill off Omar in season one - Williams instilled his character with a magnetic charm and sense of humor that elevated him beyond anything the creators envisioned. Prior to his star turn on "The Wire," Williams was seen in supporting parts on television and in film, mostly as street thugs and drug dealers; roles he got, thanks in part, to a long facial scar received in a bar fight. But nothing compared to his stint on "The Wire."

Milestones

2016

Landed a supporting role in the crime-thriller "Triple 9"

2016

Played the lead role of Leonard Pine on the crime-fighting series "Hap and Leonard"

2015

Appeared as Jack Bee in "Bessie"

2013

Nabbed a supporting role in the Oscar-winning historical drama "12 Years a Slave"

2010

Played the 1920s community leader, Chalky White, on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"

2002

Played the Baltimore crime figure, Omar Little, on HBO's highly-acclaimed drama "The Wire"

1996

Was handpicked by Tupac Shakur to play High Top in "Bullet"

Bonus Trivia

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Had a difficult childhood; was brought up in a crime-riddled housing project in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Initially had dreams of becoming a professional dancer, and was briefly homeless as he sought after work from New York-based dance studios.

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Pprominent scar on his face came after he was slashed during a bar fight on the day of his 25th birthday.

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"The only way to leave my f****d-up reality is to throw myself into the pretend version of my f****d-up reality. I was in a different place in life. I was using Omar as a means of escape. Now I don’t use my job as a way to define me: it’s what I do, not who I am. I have that understanding now." - from The Guardian, January 13, 2015

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