actor Michael K. WilliamsThe character, known for giving life to Omar Little in the television series “The Wire,” was found dead this Monday in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, according to the newspaper. New York Post.
The newspaper, which cites police sources, points to a possible overdose as the cause of death, although this is yet to be confirmed.
Williams, 54, rose to fame as charismatic thief and drug dealer Omar Little in “The Wire” (2002–2008), one of the most iconic series in the history of television in the United States.
With an innate ability to get his way and an unusual wit, Omar becomes one of the most prominent (and feared) characters in this monumental television drama created by Little. David Simon And they thoroughly explored every corner of the city of Baltimore (USA)
In addition to “The Wire”, the interpreter had a notable career on the small screen, with roles in highly rated series such as “Boardwalk Empire” (2010–2014), “The Night Of” (2016) or “When They See Us”. Was. (2019).
It was also seen in tapes such as “12 Years a Slave” (2013) or the television film “Bessie” (2015).
One of his last appearances was “Lovecraft Country” (2020), an ambitious series of HBO Which combined writer H.P. Lovecraft’s vague fantasies with reflections on black racism in the United States and which earned him an Emmy nomination, an award for which he had already aspired four times.
Williams spoke with EFE about that series in August 2020, describing it as “Lovecraft Country”, although it featured the racist Jim Crow laws that institutionalized racial segregation in the United States in the 19th century, which That is linked to the current debate on discrimination. With movements such as Blacks and Black Lives Matter.
“‘Lovecraft Country’ follows the timeline of how we got here,” he said.
Originally from Brooklyn, where he lived, Williams began his artistic career as a dancer and went on to appear in several music videos and perform on tour artists, such as the mother of jesus Or George Michael making the leap into acting.
Over the years, the interpreter has spoken publicly about his drug problems on several occasions, including during the period in which he filmed “The Wire”.
For example, in 2016, he described in an interview with public radio NPR how he was helped through a particularly difficult time at a New Jersey church when addiction threatened to destroy his career.