Michael Okay. Williams, of The Wire and Lovecraft Nation, Useless at 54
Michael Okay. Williams of The Wire fame was discovered lifeless in his Brooklyn condo on Monday. He was 54.
“It’s with deep sorrow that the household broadcasts the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” a rep for the actor’s household advised THR. “They ask to your privateness whereas grieving this insurmountable loss.”
Drug paraphernalia was reportedly discovered Williams’ condo, in keeping with the New York Submit and Day by day Information. Williams for the reason that age of 19 had battled dependancy.
“Individuals didn’t even name me Mike, they known as me Omar,” he as soon as mentioned of the conflation of him and Wire stickup man Omar Little, who oft is considered one in every of TV’s best characters ever. “That blended with my id disaster and my dependancy — and it was not combine. I needed to cease attempting to be Omar and simply be Mike.”
Along with his five-season run on The Wire, Williams’ many TV credit included Boardwalk Empire (as racketeer Chalky White), Neighborhood, The Spoils Earlier than Dying, The Evening Of, When We Rise, Hap and Leonard, When They See Us and voice work on F Is for Household.
Williams is at the moment Emmy-nominated for Excellent Supporting Actor in a Drama Sequence, for his position as Lovecraft Nation‘s Montrose Freeman. He beforehand earned Emmy nods for his performing in When They See Us, The Evening Of and the 2015 TV-movie Bessie.
“We’re devastated to study of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO household for greater than 20 years,” reads a press release from the cabler. “Whereas the world is conscious of his immense skills as an artist, we knew Michael as a pricey pal who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We ship our deepest condolences to his household for this immeasurable loss.”
Williams had simply been forged in an untitled biopic of boxing nice George Foreman, enjoying coach Doc Broadus.
Isiah Whitlock Jr, who performed The Wire‘s state senator Clay Davis, remembered Williams as “One of many nicest brothers on the planet with the most important coronary heart. An incredible actor and soul.”
“Mr. Williams was such , form, great man,” Neighborhood alum Joel McHale tweeted. “He was so humorous on Neighborhood and, in fact, an actor for the ages.”
“I’ve by no means met a extra loving, caring, stunning human being. A real pal and thespian,” mentioned Giancarlo Esposito, who labored with Williams twice over time. “I’ll perpetually miss you my expensive brother. Godspeed.”