“The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams has died aged 54

Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett and Michael Kenneth Williams starred in “Lovecraft Country”.

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Actor Michael Kay Williams, beloved for his role as armed antagonist Omar Little in the HBO series “The Wire,” has died, a spokesperson for the New York Police Department has said.

According to the spokesperson, the 54-year-old actor was found in his native Brooklyn apartment. The cause of his death was not known at the time of publication.

Williams began her professional dance career at the age of 22, according to her official biography.

According to his IMDb profile, Williams had 111 acting credits. He should appear in the next “892” and “Surrounded” films.

In addition to his role in “The Wire”, Williams was known for his pivotal roles in other HBO series such as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Lovecraft Country”. He has also appeared in Oscar winning films such as “12 Years a Slave”, “The Road” and “Inherent Vice”.

But his role as Omar in “The Wire,” which is regularly mentioned as a contender for the greatest television series of all time, cemented him in American cultural immortality.

The character, an openly gay gunman who haunts drug dealers on the middle streets of Baltimore in writer-producer David Simon, has broken down barriers for LGBTQ characters. He announced his presence by whistling “The Farmer in the Dell” and delivering memorable lines such as “All in the game, yo” and “A Man Got to a Code”.

She founded Making Kids Win, a non-profit organization, to help young men and women gain education and opportunities that will keep them safe from harm, especially gun violence and incarceration.

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