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Michael K. Williams

Michael Kenneth Williams was one of television's most respected and acclaimed actors. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life—often with surprising tenderness—Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a unique ability to mesmerize audiences with his stunning character portrayals.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22. After numerous appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting. He participated in several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the prestigious National Black Theatre Company and the Theater for a New Generation directed by Mel Williams.

Known For


Cast Credits

Lovecraft Country (2020)
Starring as Montrose Freeman (9 episodes)
When They See Us (2019)
Starring as Bobby McCray (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Part Four (May 31, 2019)
  • Episode 1x03: Part Three (May 31, 2019)
  • Episode 1x02: Part Two (May 31, 2019)
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The Guest Book (2017)
Guest starring as Gabe
When We Rise (2017)
Starring as Ken Jones (4 episodes)
  • Episode 1x04: Part IV (Mar 3, 2017)
  • Episode 1x03: Part III (Mar 2, 2017)
  • Episode 1x02: Part II (Mar 1, 2017)
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Black Market: Dispatches (2016)
Starring as Presenter (3 episodes)
The Night Of (2016)
Starring as Fred E. "Freddy" Knight (6 episodes)
Black Market with Michael K. Williams (2016)
Starring as Presenter (8 episodes)
Hap and Leonard (2016)
Starring as Leonard Pine (18 episodes)
F is for Family (2015)
Guest starring as Smokey Greenwood (17 episodes)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (2015)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams (2 episodes)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams (2 episodes)
The Spoils Before Dying (2015)
Starring as Rock Banyon (6 episodes)
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014)
Guest starring as Richard Sackler
Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams (2 episodes)
America in Primetime (2012)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (2012)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams
Boardwalk Empire (2010)
Starring as Albert "Chalky" White (48 episodes)
Community (2009)
Guest starring as Professor Kane (3 episodes)
The Philanthropist (2009)
Starring as Dax Vahagn (8 episodes)
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005)
Guest starring as Michael K. Williams
Boston Legal (2004)
Guest starring as Randall Kirk
  • Episode 2x09: Gone (Dec 6, 2005)
The Wire (2002)
Starring as Omar Little (26 episodes)
Guest starring as Omar Little (16 episodes)
Alias (2001)
Guest starring as Roberts (3 episodes)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)
Guest starring as Double-D Gamble
  • Episode 5x11: Escape (Dec 2, 2003)
Guest starring as John Victor Bodine
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