Michael Ok Williams, ‘Omar’ from ‘The Wire’, passes away


US actor Michael Ok Williams, who performed Omar Little within the hit sequence The Wire, has been discovered lifeless in a New York Metropolis condominium, police mentioned Monday. He was 54. “He’s deceased in an condominium” in Brooklyn, Lieutenant John Grimpel of the New York Police Division informed AFP.

The actor’s consultant shared a press release, asserting Williams passing away. “With deep sorrow that the household proclaims the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask on your privateness whereas grieving this,” mentioned the assertion from Marianna Shafran of Shafran PR.

No official reason for loss of life was given however a number of US media quoted legislation enforcement sources as saying they suspected a doable drug overdose. The Brooklyn native had been hailed for his position in HBO’s “The Wire” during which he performed an armed robber who specialised in holding up drug sellers in Baltimore.

The gritty crime thriller turned one of the in style reveals on tv and ran by means of 5 seasons from 2002 till 2008. He was additionally well-known for the position of Albert ‘Chalky’ White on the HBO sequence Boardwalk Empire.

Williams acquired Emmy award nominations for a number of roles, together with this 12 months for his flip in Lovecraft Nation and likewise in 2015, when he performed the husband of blues singer Bessie Smith within the movie Bessie.

He was additionally nominated for 2016’s The Night time Of and for When They See US in 2019, a couple of group of younger Black males wrongly accused of rape in Central Park within the Eighties. His position as Omar Little was enhanced by a facial scar Williams mentioned he acquired throughout a New York road combat on his twenty fifth birthday when a person slashed him with a razor.

He informed NPR in an interview the pronounced scar really helped advance his profession, as he climbed from being a back-up dancer in music movies for stars corresponding to Madonna and George Michael to getting talking roles taking part in tough characters in drama reveals.

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