“The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams has died
Michael K. Williams became famous through “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”. Now the US actor has died at the age of 54.
US actor Michael K. Williams (1966-2021) celebrated great success with roles in the hit series “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire”. Like his agent now the industry journal “The Hollywood Reporter” confirmed, the native of New York died on Monday (September 6th) at the age of 54.
Discovered lifeless in New York apartment
“It is with great sadness that the family announces the death of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams,” says a statement by Marianna Shafran, the series actor’s longtime agent. Williams’ family is now asking for privacy “as they mourn this insurmountable loss.” The New York police also confirmed the death of the series star, according to the report. Williams was discovered lifeless in his Brooklyn apartment around 2 p.m.
Michael K. Williams, whose trademark was a striking scar on his face, was in the cinema, among others in “Gone Baby Gone” (2007), “12 Years a Slave” (2012) and “Assassin’s Creed” (2016) see. However, he became known to a larger audience in the role of the homosexual street gangster Omar Little in the crime series “The Wire”, which he played from 2002 to 2008.
“Lovecraft Country” earned Michael K. Williams a fourth Emmy nomination
He later enjoyed great success as the alcohol smuggler Chalky White in “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-2014). For his portrayal of Montrose Freeman in “Lovecraft Country” Williams even received his fourth Emmy nomination this year – in the category “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series”. He played the role since last year.
The US broadcaster HBO, which is responsible for both “Lovecraft Country” and “The Wire”, as well as “Boardwalk Empire”, declared in a statement that the “Hollywood Reporter” also had, to be “devastated”. “While the world was aware of his immense talent as an artist, we knew Michael as a good friend, loved by all who had the privilege to work with him,” it reads.
The exact cause of death of the actor is not yet known. He leaves behind his son Elijah.