Full Name at Birth
Michael Kenneth Williams
Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, USA
Actor, Dancer, Reporter
Claim to Fame
Michael Kenneth Williams (born November 22, 1966) is an American actor, dancer, and reporter. He played Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert "Chalky" White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He has acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, and 12 Years a Slave.
Actor/Actress, Producer, Other Crew
Has Detailed Data (New)
1995 – present, 1995–present
Profile Bio Text
Michael Kenneth Williams was born in Brooklyn, to an African-American father from South Carolina and a Bahamian mother from Nassau. He was raised in the Vandaveer housing projects in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York City, and attended George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School. According to a DNA analysis, he is partly descended from the Mende people of Sierra Leone.
After getting in some trouble as a youth, he enrolled at the National Black Theatre in New York City. He later got a job at a pharmaceutical company. Inspired by Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, he left school and quit his job, against the wishes of his family, to pursue a career as a dancer. During a year in which he was intermittently homeless, Williams visited record labels and dance studios looking for work. He got a job as a background dancer on a music tour for Akym Sims' dance anthem Too Blind To See It, which led to more work appearing as a dancer in videos and on tours, such as with George Michael, Madonna, as well as some modeling work. He also choreographed Crystal Waters' 1994 single "100% Pure Love".
He is an established actor and producer, perhaps best-known for his role on the highly-acclaimed HBO Television series The Wire (2002) where he played Omar Little. Other notable works he performed in have included The Road (2009) Boardwalk Empire (2010), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and RoboCop (2014).
Couple Profile Source
George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Silver Lining Entertainment (LA)
GAP's 2014 fall collection
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