Michael K. Williams, veteran character actor of the small and big screen, has died. Variety confirmed the news with the NYPD. The actor was found in his Brooklyn apartment. He was 54 years old.
Born in Brooklyn on November 22, 1966, Williams wore a variety of hats in his long career as a performer and actor. He worked as a choreographer and dancer early in his career where he appeared in music videos with numerous artists and toured with both George Michael and Madonna before deciding to seriously pursue acting.
He landed numerous guest roles and smaller roles in the early 2000s before being cast in what many consider his career-defining tenure as Omar Little on The Wire and later as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire.
As his star-power grew, so did his presence in other media. Genre fans will most likely recognize Williams from his performances in 2014’s RoboCop, The Road, The Purge: Anarchy, and in HBO’s Lovecraft Country for which he was nominated for an Emmy. This is to say nothing of his continued work outside the genre in series like Hap and Leonard, based on the books by Joe R. Lansdale, and in When They See Us, based on the true story of the Central Park Five.
iHorror sends our condolences to the friends and family of Michael K. Williams.