Michael Kenneth Williams (November 22, 1966 – September 6, 2021) was an American actor. He played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard. He also appeared as a cameo extra in the “Hendrix song” video by Wyclef Jean depicting a struggling deadbeat dad selling drugs to make ends meet.
God has blessed me. I’ve been given a lot. I’m at peace with myself. It’s time to give back.
You know, Tupac is very near and dear to my heart. He started my career as an actor.
I know nothing of what it is to be a gangster.
You know, my childhood was pretty colorful; I like to use the word ‘turbulent.’
I do happen to love Honey Nut Cheerios. I don’t know if I want to walk down to the store in my pajamas for them. But I do love them.
I know plenty of adults who act like teenagers.
I haven’t had a problem with being typecast, but if I was only getting one type of role, I wouldn’t mind. What I’m worried about is not working.
Doing something that warrants the attention of the President of the United States is super cool.
People say they love the characters I’ve chosen in my career. But I didn’t choose anything. I just happened to be working and these were offered to me.
Having been through the muck and mire, I’ve had my own brush with bad choices.
My only goal is to stay focused on my craft and make sure my life is as sharp as it can be to attack any character that is given to me.
‘The Wire’ is very realistic and based on real events.
People misconstrue when I say I was a dancer. I was not classically trained. I was a street dancer, and I got to do what I did in the nightclubs of New York City.
If you’ve ever felt oppressed on any level, there’s something from ‘The Wire’ that you can take and identify with.
I come to work on time. I focus on my job. I bust my scenes out and everything else kind of happens from there.