Actor Michael K. Williams, known for his roles in The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, and Lovecraft Country, has passed away at the age of 54. He was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment on Monday, with no cause of death revealed.
Williams had recently received an Emmy nomination for his performance in Lovecraft Country and had been recognized for his work in other shows and films like Bessie, The Night Of, and When They See Us. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of stickup man Omar Little on The Wire, Williams also had a successful career on the big screen, with credits including Inherent Vice, Gone Baby Gone, and 12 Years a Slave.
After news of Williams' death broke, tributes poured in from the entertainment industry, with his Wire co-star Isiah Whitlock, Jr. expressing shock and sadness and praising Williams for his kindness. In an interview for Lovecraft Country, Williams discussed how he connected his own personal experiences with trauma to the complexities of his character.
Born in Brooklyn, Williams began his performing career as a dancer before transitioning into acting on stage. He was involved in charitable work throughout his life, including establishing the organization Making Kids Win and serving as an ambassador for the ACLU's Smart Justice initiative.
Williams' death is a loss for the entertainment industry, where he was widely respected for his talent and versatility. His contributions to television and film will be remembered, and his impact on the lives of those around him will not be forgotten.