grief Michael K. Williams. The wires Wendell Pierce and other celebrities paid tribute to the late actor after news of his death became known on Monday, September 6th.
“The family is deeply saddened to announce the death of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” the spokesman for the 54-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter. “They ask for your privacy as they mourn this insurmountable loss.”
The native New Yorker is best known for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Lovecraft Country and When They See Us. In an NPR interview in July 2016, he reflected on a “difficult” part of his life.
“I was broken,” Williams said of the time he was filming the third season of The Wire. “I used drugs and I was in danger of destroying everything I worked so hard for. And I came in [those church] Doors, and I met a man who had never heard of, let alone seen, The Wire. He was somewhere in the Bronx preaching in a different church when I first went there. And he stopped everything he was doing, running back to New Jersey just because his team at church told him someone was … in trouble and needed to speak to him. He never judged. You know, he just toasted. “
The Emmy nominee noted that his drug use was due to his not feeling “worthy” of the opportunity to star on the HBO show.
“I’ve definitely carried this dark energy that [my character]”Omar,” explained Williams. “He was a dark soul, a tormented soul. And I just woke up and lived in it. And that’s what attracted people. I just didn’t know how to differentiate, ‘OK, that’s Omar’s love, and then you have Michael’s love.’ The lines became blurred. “
The Bessie star also contemplated getting into a bar fight at the age of 25 that led to the facial scar he calls a “turning point” in his career.
“The directors no longer wanted me to just dance in the videos. They wanted me to play those racket roles, “Williams told NPR. “Mike, roll those dice in this video. Got that fight in this video. ‘ I thought: ‘All right.’ “
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