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      Michael Kenneth Williams

      Michael Kenneth Williams

      Highest Rated: 95% 12 Years a Slave (2013)

      Lowest Rated: 12% When the Bough Breaks (2016)

      Birthday: Nov 22, 1966

      Birthplace: Flatbush, New York, USA

      Though he received his start in entertainment as a dancer and music video performer, actor Michael K. Williams established himself as a bona fide talent with his breakthrough performance as Omar Little, the openly-gay stick-up artist who roams the streets of Baltimore robbing drug dealers and selling the pilfered wares to other pushers on the critically acclaimed series, "The Wire" (HBO, 2001-08). Though originally slated to be on the show for seven episodes - the writers said they wanted to kill off Omar in season one - Williams instilled his character with a magnetic charm and sense of humor that elevated him beyond anything the creators envisioned. Prior to his star turn on "The Wire," Williams was seen in supporting parts on television and in film, mostly as street thugs and drug dealers; roles he got, thanks in part, to a long facial scar received in a bar fight. But nothing compared to his stint on "The Wire."

      Highest rated movies

      12 Years a Slave Critical Thinking
      Gone Baby Gone
      Bessie
      Surrounded Breaking Kill the Messenger Ghostbusters

      Photos

      INHERENT VICE, Michael Kenneth Williams, 2014. ph: Wilson Webb/©Warner Bros. None CAPTIVE, from left: Kate Mara, Michael Kenneth Williams, 2015. ph: Evan Klanfer/©Paramount Pictures Boardwalk Empire, Jeffrey Wright (L), Michael K. Williams (R), 09/19/2010, ©HBO WONDERFUL WORLD, from left: Matthew Broderick, Michael K. Williams, 2009. ©Magnolia Pictures THE ROAD, Michael K. Williams, 2009. ©Dimension Films Boardwalk Empire, Michael K. Williams (L), Louis Gossett Jr. (R), 'Havre de Grace', Season 4, Ep. #11, 11/17/2013, ©HBO The Spoils Before Dying, Michael K. Williams (L), Chin Han (R), 'Episode 104', Season 1, Ep. #4, ©IFC SUPERFLY, FROM LEFT: TREVOR JACKSON, MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS, 2018. PH: QUANTRELL D. COLBERT/© COLUMBIA Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams (L), James Purefoy (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams (L), James Purefoy (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams (L), James Purefoy (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams, 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams, 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, James Purefoy (L), Michael K. Williams (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, James Purefoy (L), Michael K. Williams (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams, 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams (L), James Purefoy (R), 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, Michael K. Williams, 'Eskimos', Season 1, Ep. #6, 04/06/2016, ©SC Hap and Leonard, James Purefoy (L), Michael K. Williams (C), Pollyanna McIntosh (R), 'War', Season 1, Ep. #5, 03/30/2016, ©SC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      89% 83% Surrounded Will Clay (Character) - 2023
      81% 84% Breaking Eli Bernard (Character) $2.8M 2022
      61% 66% Body Brokers Wood (Character) - 2021
      94% No Score Yet Critical Thinking Mr. Roundtree (Character) - 2020
      51% 52% Arkansas Almond (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Zo Unknown (Character) - 2020
      64% 80% Motherless Brooklyn Trumpet Man (Character) $9.3M 2019
      29% 77% The Red Sea Diving Resort Kabede Bimro (Character) - 2019
      51% 46% Superfly Scatter (Character) $20.5M 2018
      18% 42% Assassin's Creed Moussa (Character) $54.6M 2016
      12% 45% When the Bough Breaks Roland White (Character) $29.7M 2016
      70% 61% The Land Pops (Character) $18.0K 2016
      74% 49% Ghostbusters Agent Hawkins (Character) - 2016
      55% 41% Triple 9 Sweet Pea (Character) $12.6M 2016
      27% 50% Anesthesia Jeffrey (Character) $22.4K 2015
      27% 43% Captive Detective John Chestnut (Character) $2.6M 2015
      91% 68% Bessie Jack Gee (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shelter Executive Producer - 2015
      44% 31% The Gambler Neville Baraka (Character) $33.7M 2014
      77% 69% Kill the Messenger Ricky Ross (Character) $2.4M 2014
      58% 56% The Purge: Anarchy Carmelo (Character) $71.5M 2014
      49% 49% RoboCop Officer Jack Lewis (Character) $58.6M 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bro Executive Producer - 2014
      95% 90% 12 Years a Slave Robert (Character) $56.7M 2013
      58% 61% Snitch Malik (Character) $42.9M 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snitch, američko-arapsko-britanski film Unknown (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 0% You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You Ad (Character) - 2012
      68% 48% Life During Wartime Allen (Character) $278.8K 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tell Tale Acherton (Character) - 2009
      42% 33% Wonderful World Ibu (Character) $8.6K 2009
      74% 68% The Road The Thief (Character) $8.1M 2009
      No Score Yet 80% A Kiss of Chaos Demetrius (Character) - 2009
      94% 86% Gone Baby Gone Devin (Character) $20.3M 2007
      19% 41% I Think I Love My Wife Teddy (Character) $12.5M 2007
      No Score Yet 28% Mercenary for Justice Samuel Kay (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 54% Doing Hard Time Curtis Craig (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mugshot Rumor (Character) - 1996

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Market With Michael K. Williams Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Host
      2016 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul of a Nation Host 2021
      88% 64% Lovecraft Country Montrose Freeman (Character) 2020
      97% 89% When They See Us Bobby McCray (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Around the Way Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 48% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drop the Mic Contestant 2018
      94% 88% Hap and Leonard Leonard Pine (Character) 2016-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet VICE Host 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016 2018
      82% 79% When We Rise Ken Jones (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2012 2016
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Market: Dispatches Host 2016
      94% 93% The Night Of Freddy Knight (Character) 2016
      56% 69% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons Guest 2016
      100% 29% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore Guest 2016
      81% 73% The Spoils of Babylon Unknown (Character) 2015
      92% 95% Boardwalk Empire Chalky White (Character) 2010-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2013
      44% 80% High School USA! Unknown (Guest Voice) 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 106 & Park Unknown (Character) 2013
      88% 88% Community Professor Marshall Kane (Guest Star) 2011-2012
      81% No Score Yet Detroit 1-8-7 Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Henry Miller (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2010
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2001 2009
      61% No Score Yet The Philanthropist Dax (Character) 2009
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Reggie Dunham (Guest Star) 2008
      94% 96% The Wire Omar Little (Character) 2002-2004 2006 2008
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Double-D Gamble (Guest Star) 2003 2006
      42% No Score Yet Six Degrees Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      86% 94% Boston Legal Randall Kirk (Guest Star) 2005
      86% 87% Alias Roberts (Guest Star) 2005