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A true legend and icon

Extraordinary actor, performer and human being Michael K. Williams was one of Hollywood’s most gifted talents who touched countless hearts and souls in ways words simply can’t explain.

Most known for his transcendent role as ‘Omar Little’ in “The Wire”–widely regarded as the greatest TV series ever, Williams was more just an actor playing a role but the very embodiment of complex characters that impact you long after the credits.

More than just an actor, Williams was a true entertainer who started his career as a dancer in music videos for Madonna, Missy Elliott, George Michael, Ginuwine, and more.

He also choreographed (and starred in) the music visual for Crystal Waters’ “100% Pure Love” in 1994.

Over the course of his storied career, the Brooklyn native received 5 Emmy Award nominations including a nod for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama series for his work as Montrose Freeman on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.”

He was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or Movie in 2019 for his heartbreaking portrayal of the father of Antron McCray, one of the five wrongly accused teenagers at the center of “When They See Us”; Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for playing Freddy Knight in “The Night Of” in 2017 and Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Limited Series Or A Movie in 2015 for his role as Jack Gee in ‘Bessie.’

His other nomination for Outstanding Informational Series Or Special was as an executive producer of the VICE Documentary “Raised in the System,” which he also appeared in.

Years earlier, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series as part of the cast of HBO series “Boardwalk Empire.” His performance as community-oriented gangster Chalky White was another unforgettable role that fans of the Emmy-winning series cherish to this day.

What’s your fave Michael K. Williams moment? Tell us down below and reflect on his legendary legacy on the flip.

Omar Little, “The Wire”

One of the greatest, most critically acclaimed and culturally revered characters in TV history who could’ve only been portrayed by Michael K. WIlliams.

Albert “Chalky” White, “Boardwalk Empire”

The scene-stealing character amassed a fortune from gambling and racketeering as a powerful gangster/influential leader in Atlantic City’s Black community. This scene, alone, shows Michael’s infinite range.

Montrose Freeman, “Lovecraft Country”

His gut-wrenching scenes with his estranged son, his inner-conflict over his sexuality, his raw emotion in scenes without dialogue–brilliant.

Michael delivered one of the greatest tributes ever in honor of another legend gone way too soon.

This viral video gave us a glimpse into Michael’s inner-joy and talent if only for a few minutes.

Here’s more unforgettable Michael K. Williams scenes that will live on forever:

Classic scene from “Community”:

MKW was so smooth with it:

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