Mykelti Williamson

Actor, Director, Dancer
A steadily working television actor beginning in the 1980s, Mykelti Williamson gained widespread recognition with his role as sweet, simple, shrimp enthusiast Bubba Blue in the Academy Award-winning movie "Forrest Gump" ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1960 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (78)

Underground 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justified 2012 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fatwa 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Nashville 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Repatriate 2014 (Movie)

Goodman (Actor)

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touch 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Twist of Faith 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

High School 2012 (Movie)

Paranoid (Actor)

Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Single Ladies 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rizzoli & Isles 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

24 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Celebrity Ghost Stories 1982 - 1987, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Black Dynamite 2009 (Movie)

Chicago Wind (Actor)

CSI: New York 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spinning Into Butter 2009 (Movie)

Aaron Carmichael (Actor)

The Final Destination 2009 (Movie)

George (Actor)

Vice 2008 (Movie)

Sampson (Actor)

August Rush 2007 (Movie)

Reverend James (Actor)

Ball Don't Lie 2007 (Movie)

Dallas (Actor)

Kidnapped 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

ATL 2006 (Movie)

Uncle George (Actor)

Justice 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lucky Number Slevin 2006 (Movie)

Sloe (Actor)

Third Watch 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Agent Stafford (Actor)

Boomtown 2002 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Assassination of Richard Nixon 2004 (Movie)

Harold Mann (Actor)

The 34th NAACP Image Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ali 2001 (Movie)

Don King (Actor)

The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hoop Life 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Gideon 1999 (Movie)

Coleman Walker (Actor)

Three Kings 1999 (Movie)

Colonel Horn (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Primary Colors 1998 (Movie)

Dewayne Smith (Actor)

Species II 1998 (Movie)

Dennis Gamble (Actor)

Con Air 1997 (Movie)

Baby-O (Actor)

Truth or Consequences, N.M. 1997 (Movie)

Marcus Weans (Actor)

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home 1995 (Movie)

Dwight Mercer (Actor)

Heat 1995 (Movie)

Drucker (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Troy (Actor)

Forrest Gump 1994 (Movie)

Benjamin Buford Blue (Actor)

Free Willy 1993 (Movie)

Dwight Mercer (Actor)

The New WKRP in Cincinnati 1991 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Power 1990 (Movie)

Detective Oliver Franklin (Actor)

Miami Vice 1984 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Miracle Mile 1989 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Monster Manor 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bronx Zoo 1986 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1982 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Number One With a Bullet 1987 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

You Talkin' to Me? 1987 (Movie)

Thatcher Marks (Actor)

Wildcats 1986 (Movie)

Bird (Actor)

Bay City Blues 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Streets of Fire 1984 (Movie)

B J (Actor)

The Righteous Apples 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

A Killer Among Us (TV Show)

Actor

Cover Up (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Lives (TV Show)

Actor

Double Tap (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Caller (TV Show)

Actor

Other Women's Children (TV Show)

Actor

Our America (TV Show)

Actor

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A steadily working television actor beginning in the 1980s, Mykelti Williamson gained widespread recognition with his role as sweet, simple, shrimp enthusiast Bubba Blue in the Academy Award-winning movie "Forrest Gump" (1994). Williamson went on to become a reliable supporting player on film, often coming across as a warm, gentle giant, even in his many appearances as officers of the law or sympathetic outlaws in over their head. The affable actor had the opportunity to contribute to screen portrayals of such notable African-American cultural stories as that of the "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997) and the historic Negro League in "Soul of the Game" (1996). In several projects, he tackled racial issues, including his work in the acclaimed Showtime adaptation of "12 Angry Men" (1997) and the indie film "Spinning Into Butter" (2009), in which he portrayed a journalist investigating a string of racial incidents at a New England college. While Williamson offered excellent supporting performances in mainstream hits like "Con Air" (1997), "Primary Colors" (1998) and "Ali" (2001), starring roles on fast-paced television dramas like "The Fugitive" (CBS, 2000-01), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Justified" (FX, 2010- ) became the calling card of the prolific and appealing actor.

Relationships

Elaine

Mother

Olivia Brown Actor

Wife

Cheryl Chisholm

Wife
Williamson arrested 1998 for allegedly stalking Chisholm and stabbing her companion; later acquitted of attempted manslaughter

Booker Marshall

Step-Father
Married to Williamson's mother for eight years

Sondra Spriggs Actor

Wife
Appeared together in 1998 sequel "Species II"

Maya Williamson

Daughter
Mother, Sondra Spriggs

Nicole Williamson

Daughter
Born in 1998 mother, Sondra Spriggs

Phoenix Williamson

Daughter
Born in 1994 mother, Cheryl Chisholm

Jerry Williamson

Brother
Born c. 1951

Jacqueline Williamson

Sister
Born c. 1962

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California

Crenshaw High School

Los Angeles , California 1975

Milestones

2010

Joined the cast of "24" (Fox) as special agent in charge of the New York CTU Brian Hastings

2009

Co-starred in the thriller, "The Final Destination"

2007

Had a small role in the film, "August Rush"

2007

Appeared in several episodes of "CSI: NY" (CBS) as Chief Sinclair

2006

Cast on the short-lived NBC series, "Kidnapped"

2005

Had a small role in Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"

2004

Starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the thriller, "After the Sunset"

2002

Played Det. Bobby 'Fearless' Smith in NBC's drama, "Boomtown"

2001

Portrayed promoter Don King in the Muhammad Ali biopic, "Ali"; starred Will Smith in the title role and directed by Michael Mann

2000

Cast as Lt. Girard in CBS' update of the classic 1960's action series, "The Fugitive"

1999

Co-starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's "Three Kings"

1999

Cast as Marvin Buxton in the Showtime series, "The Hoop Life"

1996

Played Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson in the HBO film "Soul of the Game"

1995

Had a small role as one of Lela Rochon's suitors in "Waiting to Exhale"; directed by Forest Whitaker

1995

Had a supporting role in Michael Mann's "Heat"

1994

Best known for his role, opposite Tom Hanks, as the shrimp-loving Bubba Blue in the Oscar-winning film, "Forrest Gump"

1991

Played Donovan Aderhold, the stations program director, on the revamped series, ""The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (syndicated)

1988

Had a recurring role on the series "Midnight Caller" (NBC) as a reporter

1987

Played Gus, the basketball coach and science teacher, on "The Bronx Zoo" (NBC)

1986

Had a supporting role, opposite Goldie Hawn, in the comedy "Wildcats"

1984

Played Jennifer O'Neill's photographic assistant on the CBS series, "Cover-Up"

1984

Made feature film debut in "Streets of Fire"

1983

Was a regular on the short-lived NBC series, "Bay City Blues"

1983

Played a recurring role on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) as Officer Ron Garfield

1980

Appeared regularly on the PBS series, "The Righteous Apples"

1979

Won guest starring role on ABC's "Starsky & Hutch"

1979

First feature, unbilled bit part in "Sunnyside"

1975

At age 15, moved with family to Los Angeles

1973

At age 13, was the youngest member of the dance troupe, The Lockers; performed on "Soul Train"

Bonus Trivia

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Williamson was arrested in January 1998 for allegedly stalking his ex-wife and stabbing her companion. Williamson claimed he acted out of concern over his then three-year-old daughter, claiming the man engaged in inappropriate behavior in front of the child. He was eventually acquitted of attempted manslaughter and assault on Sept. 4, 1998 after testifying he was acting in self-defense. During the eight months between his arrest and trial, however, he was unable to find work and reportedly lost both his home and his car.

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"I love Jimmy Stewart; he does it for me. I thought he had class. He was very likable, and he kind of bumbled through things in this innocent way. Watching him, I realized a guy-next-door type could make it. I don't see myself as a handsome leading-man type, but I think I can be versatile. And that's how I saw Jimmy Stewart. He was right in the middle." - Williamson quoted in the Daily News, July 10, 1994

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"Some people don't enjoy the audition process. But I like to go in and change the air in the room. I LOVE that." - Williamson quoted in People magazine, June 16, 1997

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