In a statement to HL, police confirmed actor Michael K. Williams’ death. Here’s where you can learn more about the star of ‘The Wire.’
Michael K. Williams was 54 years old when he died. From 2002 through 2008, the actor was best known for his long-running role on HBO’s The Wire, which he starred in. Michael was discovered in his living room in New York City on Sept. 6, 2021, according to police.
“At 2 p.m., we responded to his apartment at 440 Kent Ave. In his living room, he was discovered dead. The cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner,” said Lt. John Grimpel of the NYPD’s Media Relations Department via email. Here’s where you can learn more about Michael.
He starred on ‘The Wire’
On the hit HBO show, Michael portrayed Omar Little. In the city of Baltimore, the figure was known as a’stick up’ man who preyed on low-level narcotics traffickers. “Mike is a lovely man, but he is not a gangster,” Williams said of his role in 2015.
He’s been open about past drug use
Michael admitted to using narcotics during his time on The Wire, especially in the second and third seasons. “It was about the second – or third – season of The Wire… “I was on drugs, and I was on the verge of destroying everything I’d fought so hard for,” he told NPR. “And I walked in those doors [at Christian Love Baptist Church in Irvington, New Jersey], and I met a man who had never heard of The Wire, let alone seen it… I’m going to get you a Bible, man, he said. That’s yours to keep. And we’re going to spend the rest of the day with Reverend Ronald Christian,” he continued.
He was on other popular shows
He also played Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire, Freddy Knight in The Night Of, and gay rights campaigner Ken Jones in When We Rise, in addition to The Wire.
He was a NYC native
Michael was born on November 22, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York. Before turning to acting, he worked as a back-up dancer for Madonna and George Michael.
He was an Emmy nominee
Michael was nominated for Emmys for his parts in two different HBO shows, the first of which was Bessie, and the second of which was The Night Of.