A New York Post report yesterday, Sept. 6 revealed that Hollywood actor Michael K Williams was found dead in his apartment. Potential cause of death, drug overdose.
Williams (November 22, 1966 – September 6, 2021) was such an exceptional actor that his performance in HBO crime television series ‘The Wire’ is why many people regard the show as one of the best ever TV series. He starred as gangster Omar Little in the series which aired from 2002 to 2008, picking up several awards and nominations in the process.
In 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama called The Wire his favorite TV series and Omar his favourite character. “That’s not an endorsement. He’s not my favourite person, but he’s a fascinating character,” Obama said.
Williams also received Emmy noms for his work in the 2015 telefilm Bessie, The Night Of, Vice — he explored the issue of young people in jail in 2018 — and DuVernay’s When They See Us.
He played convict-turned biology professor Marshall Kane on NBC’s Community in 2011-12.
His big-screen résumé included Gone Baby Gone (2007), Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest (2009), The Road (2009), Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Gambler (2014), Assassin’s Creed (2016), SuperFly (2018) and Motherless Brooklyn (2019).
More recently, Williams portrayed Montrose Freeman on HBO’s Lovecraft Country, for which he received a 2021 Emmy nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series — the awards are Sept. 19 — and was Bobby McCray, the father of Antron McCray (Caleel Harris), who convinced his son to sign a false confession, on Ava DuVernay’s 2019 Netflix miniseries When They See Us.
“Working on Lovecraft Country changed me for the better,” Williams told co-star Jonathan Majors in a conversation arranged by The Hollywood Reporter (THR).
“I understand now the importance of therapy, which I am in,” he continued. “I understand that I have trauma, that we have trauma that affects us that we were not even alive to see — blood trauma. I was clueless to all of that prior to the Lovecraft journey.”
In the wake of the gifted actor’s death and in tribute to him, we take a look at some scenes from his work in ‘The Wire’ that endeared him to all TV lovers, not forgetting his iconic, infamous whistling.
In a 2011 interview with soon-to-be THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg, Williams was asked how he would like to be remembered.
“Man, I just want people to remember me as one cool-ass dude, you know? Someone who cared,” he replied. “And I would never want anyone to say, ‘Oh, he forget where he came from.’ That would hurt me the most.”
Indeed, Michael will be remembered as ‘one cool-ass dude.’ We wish him a peaceful passage into the afterlife. May his soul rest in peace.