A true legend and icon
RIP Michael K. Williams pic.twitter.com/RhWbNUWCXo
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) September 6, 2021
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.
my favorite interview with michael k. williams was on latifah's show (they've been friends since they were 17) and he discussed how janet jackson's "rhythm nation" video made him get into showbiz, then latifah pulled a clip from his days as a backup dancer pic.twitter.com/fwvmJaJcSQ
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) September 6, 2021
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.
One of Michael K. Williams best scenes as Omar Little from The Wire 🐐 pic.twitter.com/sIk7fK4m4I
— AuxGod (@AuxGod_) September 6, 2021
The best, clearest summary of the political economy of US crime ever made. In one scene. The late, great Michael K. Williams as Omar Little. pic.twitter.com/0cY6gBcBoE
— Christian Christensen (@ChrChristensen) September 6, 2021
One of the best scenes in television history.
The Wire. Rest in power, Michael K. Williams 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/MuTYRh9YPI
— boony. (@BooneLuleyo) September 6, 2021
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.
Long Live Michael K Williams… He got his start in movies after being handpicked by 2Pac to play his brother in the movie Bulletproof..
My favorite scene from my favorite character that he played, Chalky White.. pic.twitter.com/lLzhgwaLiA
— BIG MALCOLM X PLAY COUSIN (@Omowale99949437) September 6, 2021
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.
The loss of a great talent with the passing of Michael K. Williams. Though his career had many highlights, this scene from @LovecraftHBO will always stick in my mind. A beautiful scene portraying Williams’ character being free in his own skin as a gay man.
Rest peacefully, @BKBMG pic.twitter.com/4VrI5nvmHs
— Dustin (@BigDustinEnergy) September 7, 2021
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 K Williams just gave a tribute to DMX back in June at the BET Awards. Surreal pic.twitter.com/oTtEaXJe6p
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) September 6, 2021
Michael delivered one of the greatest tributes ever in honor of another legend gone way too soon.
Michael K Williams’s was a dancer for Madonna, missy Elliott & Ginuwine before he became an actor. He’s dancing in the park wit so much joy and freedom that It makes me more sad than he suffered with an addiction. 😢 pic.twitter.com/oYX7VEApHK
— Shay Moore (@heyshaymoore) September 7, 2021
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:
Great scene from The Sopranos with the phenomenal Michael K Williams. RIP pic.twitter.com/g7j6BRl6hL
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) September 6, 2021
Classic scene from “Community”:
— Matt Sibley (@Matt_Sibley) September 6, 2021
MKW was so smooth with it:
This is my fave video of Michael K. Williams 💕
originally posted during quarantine.
it’s when I found out he was a respected dancer/choreographer before he became an actor pic.twitter.com/gCsVVVB5n3
— Hot Commodity Jay (@JayElleWoods) September 6, 2021