Actor Michael K. Williams Dead At 54
Michael K. Williams joins the growing number of actors gone too soon. Unfortunately, the late actor was found dead in his NYC apartment. Known for his critical praises as Omar in “The Wire,” Williams brought joy to many with his contagious spirit. Although his role in the 2002 television classic was intended to last a few episodes, his performance landed him a pivotal role in the series.
The Emmy-nominated actor brought his life experiences to his acting role. During the course of his career, he learned how to differentiate between real life and the roles he set out to portray.
Trauma Turned to Artistic Expression
After his parents separated when he was young, the actor recalls being molested as a little boy. His lack of confidence resulted in his refusal to continue schooling and habitual drug use. Williams developed a sense of belonging in a community of models and dancers. In fact, he frequented New York clubs, including the Roxy and Sound Factory.
Directors demanded that Williams start acting as opposed to modeling and dancing in videos.
Later in his acting career, he starred in “The Night Of” in 2016 as an inmate at the infamous Rikers Island. The following year, Williams played s gay rights activist battling HIV. He delivered a stellar performance in “When We Rise.” The actor took inspiration from his nephews — one who was incarcerated and another with HIV. Williams’ on-screen portrayals were relatable to the culture. His likeness led to some internal struggles. He received therapy after “Lovecraft Country”.
Like many others, Williams wasn’t afraid to protect his friends and family. His noticeable face scar came from defending his friend who was getting attacked by a group of robbers.
Michael K. Williams Bringing Stories To Life
Moreover, Williams yearned to share more stories from those who still lived in his hometown.
“Vanderveer is 59 buildings, six floors high, with seven apartments on each level,” Williams told the New York Times. He referenced his childhood home, the Vanderveer Projects in Brooklyn.
“There are so many people here — beautiful and beautifully flawed people — and I want all of their stories to be told.”
Rest In Peace to Michael K. Williams. Sending healing energy to all those that loved and adored him.