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Michael Kenneth Williams

A native of Brooklyn, NY, actor Michael Kenneth Williams fell into a typecast with repeated portrayals of hoods, toughs, and career criminals from project to project. Williams entered acting courtesy of professional dancing, which he began at the age of 22; in that arena, his unique and individualistic moves caught the attention of producers and landed him in a string of music videos. Williams subsequently decided to pursue classical training as an actor, which he received via participation in the National Black Theater Company and New York's La' MaMA Theatre Company, though his breakthrough arrived at the hands of the late gangster rapper Tupac Shakur, who discovered Williams and cast him as his own little brother in the Julien Temple-directed urban crime drama Bullet (1995). Work for Martin Scorsese followed, with a minor role in the grueling psychodrama Bringing Out the Dead (1999), though Williams scored much broader acclaim and exposure via participation in HBO's popular crime drama series The Wire, where he played stick-up man Omar Little for multiple seasons. Williams then moved back into features with a supporting turn as Devin in actor-turned-director Ben Affleck's Gone Baby Gone (2007), then starred opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron in director John Hillcoat's post-apocalyptic thriller The Road (2008). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
17% Assassin's Creed
  • Moussa
2016
12% When the Bough Breaks
  • Roland White
2016
65% The Land
  • Pops
2016
73% Ghostbusters
  • Agent Hawkins
2016
53% Triple 9
  • Sweet Pea
2016
29% Anesthesia
  • Jeffrey
2016
26% Captive
  • Det. John Chestnut
2015
74% Inherent Vice
  • Tariq Khalil
2015
88% Bessie
  • Jack
2015
46% The Gambler
  • Neville Baraka
2014
78% Kill the Messenger
  • Ricky Ross
2014
56% The Purge: Anarchy
  • Carmelo
2014
49% RoboCop
  • Jack Lewis
2014
96% 12 Years a Slave
  • Robert
2013
No Score Yet Jim Norton: American Degenerate
  • Actor
2013
56% Snitch
  • Malik
2013
35% LUV
  • Detective Holloway
2013
No Score Yet You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Kills You
  • A.D.
2012
0% The Perfect Age of Rock 'n' Roll
  • Sonnyboy
2011
69% Life During Wartime
  • Allen
2010
No Score Yet Tell-Tale (Tell Tale)
  • Acherton
2010
43% Brooklyn's Finest
  • Red
2010
38% Wonderful World
  • Ibou
2010
No Score Yet A Kiss of Chaos
  • Demetrius
2010
75% The Road
  • Thief
2009
No Score Yet Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club
  • Tone
2008
94% Gone Baby Gone
  • Devin
2007
No Score Yet Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22
  • Actor
2007
18% I Think I Love My Wife
  • Teddy
2007
No Score Yet The Bondage
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Mercenary for Justice
  • Samuel
2006
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Jimmy Lee
2005
No Score Yet Doing Hard Time
  • Curtis Craig
2004
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Drug Dealer
1999
No Score Yet Bullet
  • High Top
1996
No Score Yet Mugshot
  • Actor
1996

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
83% Detroit 1-8-7
2010-2011
  • Clarence Warrenton
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Roberts
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Marcus Cole Delmore Walton
86% Community
2009-2015
  • Professor Kane
78% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Guest
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
  • Rock Banyon
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Victor Dodine
96% The Wire
2002-2008
  • Omar Little Omar
87% Hap and Leonard
2016
  • Leonard Pine
91% Boardwalk Empire
2010-2014
  • Chalky White
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
  • Rock Banyon
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
95% The Night Of
2016
  • Freddy
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Randall Kirk
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Laurent/Paul
44% High School USA!
2013
  • Voice
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Reggie Dupar
50% Any Given Wednesday With Bill Simmons
2016
  • Guest
  • Actor

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