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Mykelti Williamson



After more than a decade in the business, hard-working actor Mykelti Williamson achieved true fame as Tom Hanks' army buddy in Forrest Gump (1994). Born in St. Louis, Williamson and his family moved frequently during his childhood, finally settling in Los Angeles when he was 15. After studying acting in high school, Williamson landed a recurring role on Hill Street Blues in 1983. Working steadily in TV and movies throughout the 1980s, Williamson appeared in a number of films, including Walter Hill's Streets of Fire (1984); the pilot movie for the stylish cop series Miami Vice (1984); and the Goldie Hawn football comedy Wildcats (1986). By the 1990s, Williamson added a bona fide sleeper hit to his credits with his role as a paternal cop in Free Willy (1993). His transformative performance as Forrest's ill-fated shrimp-loving friend Bubba in the blockbuster, 1994 Best Picture winner Forrest Gump then earned Williamson critical raves, propelling him into a varied range of high-profile films. After appearing in Free Willy 2 (1995) and playing a small but attention-getting role as one of Lela Rochon's unworthy suitors in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Williamson joined forces with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat (1995). Continuing to work in TV as well, Williamson acted in several series, co-starred as Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson in the well-received TV film The Soul of the Game (1996), played a black cavalryman in the TNT Western Buffalo Soldiers (1997), and joined the prestigious ensemble cast of 12 Angry Men (1997). Williamson continued to ride high as Nicolas Cage's ill cell mate in the summer blockbuster Con Air (1997), but his 1998 movie work in Primary Colors and Species 2 was personally overshadowed by his legal troubles when he was arrested for stalking his ex-wife and stabbing her friend. Acquitted of the charges, Williamson returned to form with a blistering performance as an Army colonel in David O. Russell's critically lauded Three Kings (1999). Williamson reprised his role as Lt. Gerard in the second TV series version of The Fugitive(2000). Despite pre-season hype and the prior success of other Fugitives, the series lasted only one season. Williamson then made another onscreen splash when he reunited with Heat director Michael Mann to appear as the flamboyant, shock-haired boxing impresario Don King in Mann's ambitious biopic Ali (2001). Williamson is married and has three daughters.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Fences
  • Gabriel
2016
54% The Purge: Election Year
  • Joe Dixon
2016
No Score Yet Convergence
  • Captain Saul Miller
2015
No Score Yet Hollows Grove
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet You Bury Your Own
  • Actor
2014
27% High School
  • Paranoid
2012
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Donnie
2011
84% Black Dynamite
  • Chicago Wind
2009
29% The Final Destination
  • George
2009
16% Spinning Into Butter
  • Aaron Carmichael
2009
20% Ball Don't Lie
  • Dallas
2008
29% Vice
  • Sampson
2008
37% August Rush
  • Rev. James
2007
51% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Sloe
2006
62% ATL
  • Uncle George
2006
No Score Yet Fatwa
  • Grady Frank
2006
68% The Assassination of Richard Nixon
  • Harold Mann
2004
18% After the Sunset
  • Agent Stafford
2004
No Score Yet Our America
  • Graham Ellis
2002
67% Ali
  • Don King
2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart
  • Silas
2000
No Score Yet Gideon
  • Coleman Walker
1999
94% Three Kings
  • Colonel Horn
1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Papa Delany
1999
9% Species II
  • Dennis Gamble
1998
80% Primary Colors
  • Dewayne Smith
1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers
  • Christy
1997
No Score Yet Double Tap
  • Actor
1997
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Juror #10
1997
54% Con Air
  • Baby-O
1997
38% Truth or Consequences, N.M.
  • Marcus Weans
1997
67% Soul of the Game
  • Josh Gibson
1996
52% Waiting to Exhale
  • Troy
1995
86% Heat
  • Drucker
1995
61% How to Make an American Quilt
  • Winston
1995
36% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
  • Dwight Mercer
1995
72% Forrest Gump
  • Bubba Blue
1994
57% Free Willy
  • Dwight Mercer
1993
22% The First Power
  • Detective Oliver Franklin
1990
88% Miracle Mile
  • Wilson
1989
No Score Yet You Talkin' to Me?
  • Thatcher Marks
1987
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet
  • Casey
1987
13% Wildcats
  • Levander 'Bird' Williams
1986
62% Streets of Fire
  • B.J.
1984
No Score Yet Desperate Lives
  • Jack
1982
No Score Yet Penitentiary
  • Actor
1980
95% Enter the Dragon
  • Actor
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
64% Touch
2012
  • Det. Lange
92% Nashville
2012
  • Terry
Monk
2002-2009
  • Capt. Cage
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Ellstin Limehouse
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Hammond
20% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016
  • Gen. Yazeen Zwane
No Score Yet Scorpion
2014
  • Gen. Walker
97% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Matthew Wade
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Chief Sinclaire Brigham Sinclair Chief Brigham Sinclair Chief Sinclair
87% 24
2014
  • Brian Hastings
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Clay Maxwell
93% Underground
2016
  • Moses

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