Michael K. Williams
American actor
Michael K. Williams
Michael Kenneth Williams is an American actor known for his portrayal of Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire, and of Albert "Chalky" White on HBO's Boardwalk Empire.
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‘Assassin’s Creed’ review roundup: Video game movies are still terrible
Yahoo News - 2 months
I can't imagine that many people were genuinely holding out hope for  Assassin's Creed  to break the mold and become one of the first watchable video game movie adaptations in history, but for those of you who were, I'm sorry to report that the critical reaction has been as negative as the rest of us assumed it would be. Having released throughout the United States on Wednesday night, reviews have begun pouring in for Assassin's Creed , and while it doesn't appear to have been as epic a disaster as some other video game adaptations, very few critics could find anything nice to say about the Michael Fassbender vehicle. Below, we've rounded up a few reviews from around the internet to give you a taste of the critical response to the movie. For any of you who were planning on seeing the movie this weekend: I'm sorry. ABC News David Blaustein of ABC News didn't mince words in his review: "It’s all fun to look at but there’s nothing that will make you care about the characters, or really mak ...
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'Hey White People!' On 'The Late Show' Is The Only Racism Guide You'll Need
Huffington Post - 5 months
To heal the racial divide, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” bandleader Jon Batiste presented a star-studded PSA on Wednesday called “Hey White People!” Actor Tituss Burgess urged caucasians to stop using “racially tinged.” “What the (bleep) does that mean? Did I put on some racist makeup before I left the house?” Comic actor Kevin Hart tried to dispel a certain misconception. “You think we all meet at Oprah’s house once a month and discuss black people stuff?” He was just getting started on that. Actors Anthony Anderson, Michael K. Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, journalist Gayle King and, yes, comedian John Oliver, also contribute. Now you’ve been educated, white people. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Michael K. Williams; A Dystopian 'Natural Way'; Sharon Jones
NPR - 7 months
Williams, who played Omar on The Wire, talks about separating himself from characters. Critic John Powers reviews The Natural Way of Things. Singer Jones still performs, despite a cancer diagnosis.
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Listen to Michael K. Williams Talk ‘Hap and Leonard,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ and the Joys of Cooking (Podcast)
Wall Street Journal - 12 months
"Boardwalk Empire" and "The Wire" star Michael K. Williams returns this week to TV in the new SundanceTV show "Hap and Leonard," which is based on the Joe R. Lansdale book series.
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Why Some Homeless Would Rather Stay On Streets Than Go To A Shelter
Huffington Post - about 1 year
NEW YORK (AP) — A surge in homelessness is bedeviling New York City, and dozens of homeless people made it clear in interviews that it will take more than outreach programs by the mayor and governor to bring them in from the cold. Not one of them told The Associated Press they had been approached by outreach workers Mayor Bill de Blasio promised last month would be out on the streets, with an ambitious goal of canvassing every block, every day, in a 7-mile stretch of Manhattan, aiming to persuade street people to come indoors. A city spokeswoman told the AP on Friday the program would not be fully operational until sometime in March — when winter is almost over. And despite temperatures that dipped below freezing, none of the about three dozen homeless interviewed last week said they had been involuntarily taken inside following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order instructing police statewide to forcibly remove the homeless from the street once the temperature drops that low. ...
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Spike Jonze gives peek at new Viceland channel
Yahoo News - about 1 year
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The new Viceland cable channel that launches next month will have series with actress Ellen Page exploring gay and lesbian life around the world, actor Michael K. Williams telling about black market economies and celebrity chef Eddie Huang illustrating stories about politics, culture and food.
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30 feature-length movies on YouTube that are totally worth watching
Yahoo News - about 1 year
This article is continually updated to reflect removed and newly available movies. Rachel Grozanick, Drew Prindle, Brandon Widder, and Rick Stella contributed to this article. Back in 2011, Google quietly rolled out the YouTube.com/movies section. Over the past few years it has amassed a library of titles you can rent, purchase, or stream for free, and today, there’s more content in the movie section than you could watch in a lifetime — and that’s not even counting all the full-length films uploaded by users. So to help save you some time in your search for something to watch, we’ve sifted through all the movies the site has to offer — free, paid, legal, and not-so-legal — to bring you this list of the best full movies on YouTube. Related: Time to kill? Here’s 104 riveting movies you can watch on Netflix right now Free Movies (legally uploaded) YouTube has a pretty sizable list of movies you can stream for free, but truth be told, not many are worth watching. The overwhelming majority ...
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19 Obscure Halloween Costumes For People Who Hear 'What Are You?' As A Challenge
Huffington Post - over 1 year
According to "Mean Girls," Halloween is the one day a year when a person can dress up like a total nerd and no one else can say anything about it. And, even better, everyone has to guess each others' costumes or risk being told as if they didn't even watch "Dr. Strangelove" that one time, in college, at a screening with members of the Film Society who held a post-viewing discussion at the independent bookstore nearby. Or YouTube videos of alternative '80s pop stars. Or every episode of "The O.C.," ironically.  Here are some ideas for people who consider Halloween an exercise in personal vanity second only to winning at Tuesday night trivia who are the worst. 1. Stuart Sutcliffe, The Beatles' bassist for a little over one year: Shirt, tie, jacket, Ray-Bans, paintbrush. 2. French dairy farmer Perrier LaPadite (Denis Ménochet), who harbored the Dreyfus family until their untimely demise at the hands of Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) in "Inglorious Basterds": Red henley T- ...
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HISD board approves school improvement plans on third try
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
Houston ISD trustees on Thursday approved school improvement plans for 17 low-performing campuses after twice rejecting them as a state deadline loomed. The board agreed 5-1, with three absent, to sign off on the plans. Board president Rhonda Skillern-Jones had called a special meeting after Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams gave the Houston Independent School
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A Wave Of Looting And Lynching Follows Iraqi Forces Recapture Of Tikrit
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
TIKRIT, Iraq, April 3 (Reuters) - On April 1, the city of Tikrit was liberated from the extremist group Islamic State. The Shi'ite-led central government and allied militias, after a month-long battle, had expelled the barbarous Sunni radicals. Then, some of the liberators took revenge. Near the charred, bullet-scarred government headquarters, two federal policemen flanked a suspected Islamic State fighter. Urged on by a furious mob, the two officers took out knives and repeatedly stabbed the man in the neck and slit his throat. The killing was witnessed by two Reuters correspondents. The incident is now under investigation, interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan told Reuters. Since its recapture two days ago, the Sunni city of Tikrit has been the scene of violence and looting. In addition to the killing of the extremist combatant, Reuters correspondents also saw a convoy of Shi'ite paramilitary fighters - the government's partners in liberating the city - d ...
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Paramount acquires distribution rights of ‘Captive’
Indian Television - almost 2 years
MUMBAI: Paramount Pictures has secured the worldwide distribution rights to Captive, starring David Oyelowo and Kate Mara. The studio will release the film on 18 September, 2015.   Directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson, the film is based on the book Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage Hero by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly. The film’s screenplay is by Brian Bird.   Oyelowo said, “I was drawn to this story because it beautifully illustrates how a broken spirit can be healed by an unexpected source of hope. I feel blessed to be continuing my very fruitful relationship with Paramount.”   Also starring Michael K Williams, Mimi Rogers, Jessica Oyelowo and Leonor Varela, the film was produced by Terry Botwick, Jerry Jameson, David Oyelowo and Ken Wales in addition to BN Films' Alex Garcia, Lucas Akoskin and Katrina Wolfe. The executive producers are Santiago Garcia Galvan, BN's Jonathan Gray, Elliott Lester, Ralph Winter and Bird. BN fully fi ...
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Michael Williams trying to help put Jamaica on ski map
Yahoo News - about 2 years
BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (AP) — So let's get this out of the way early: Yes, Jamaican skier Michael Williams has seen "Cool Runnings."
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'The Daily Show' Stars Jessica Williams And Wyatt Cenac Discover Their African Ancestry
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Diversity in the comedy world has been a hot topic lately, and "The Daily Show" stars, Jessica Williams and Wyatt Cenac are two great examples of comedians of color taking popular shows by storm. And while the pair might know a thing or two about how to make folks laugh, there's one thing they weren't privy to -- their African ancestry. But thanks to a test that not only determines an individual's country of origin, but also his or her specific ancestral tribe, Williams and Cenac learned some fascinating information about themselves. They made their discovery with the help of Okayafrica and their "The Roots Of" project, joining celebrities like Q-Tip and Michael K Williams. Watch the video above and find out what Williams and Cenac discover about their family ancestry.
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The Crap We Missed – Monday 1.27.14
The Superficial - about 3 years
Welcome to Monday’s The Crap We Missed where I’ve got a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger at something called ‘The White Sausage Party,’ so if I’m not bending the universe to serve my own whims at this point, I really have no explanation for reality anymore. (Or maybe I just need to stop watching True Detective.) Anyway, this thing is packed with more Grammys leftovers, which I was trying to avoid until my now all-powerful subconscious mind conjured Diddy‘s cocaine concierge mugging for the paparazzi. From there I just let it flow through me and that’s when I made Jessica Alba hump her defenseless child’s head, because there’s no stopping me now, your defenses are useless. *focuses brain on hispter Amish Michael K. Williams* And it shall be done, - Photo Boy Click Here To Start The Gallery Photo: Fame/Flynet, INFphoto, Pacific Coast News, Splash News, WENN
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael K. Williams
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 48
    On March 9, 2015, it was announced that Williams would star in SundanceTV's Hap & Leonard.
    More Details Hide Details Williams has also started working with Vice News and is hosting a VICELAND television program entitled Black Market. In this series he will be visiting different black market groups and industries to explore and uncover the circumstances that lead people to be involved and just how these markets work.
  • 2014
    Age 47
    Williams was featured modeling for The Gap's 2014 fall collection.
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  • 2013
    Age 46
    In 2013, he starred in MGMT's music video for "Cool Song No. 2".
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  • 2012
    Age 45
    On May 16, 2012, Williams announced that he is an executive producer of the independent film Snow on tha Bluff, Williams' first film under his company, Freedome Productions.
    More Details Hide Details On Power 105.1fm's The Breakfast Club, Williams revealed the June 19 release date for Snow on tha Bluff, describing the movie as "real graphic": "everything that is wrong with the 'hood is in this movie". Williams also shared on The Breakfast Club that he was starring in an African American western, They Die by Dawn, with his co-star Snoop from the HBO series The Wire. Williams also revealed that he is starring in the lead role as Ol'Dirty Bastard (ODB) from the Wu-Tang Clan in the movie Dirty Whiteboy in 2014, which is based on the relationship ODB had with his manager during the last two years of his life. Williams mentioned the piece was special to Ol' Dirty Bastard because he grew up listening to him and to Wu-Tang and he is also a Brooklyn native.
  • 2011
    Age 44
    In November 2011, it was announced that Williams would appear in Quentin Tarantino's feature film Django Unchained.
    More Details Hide Details Williams, who had previously confirmed that he was actually in talks with Tarantino to take on the titular role of Django, was to portray a minor character in the film, but scheduling conflicts with Boardwalk Empire prevented him from doing so.
    On July 23, 2011, Community creator Dan Harmon revealed that Williams would star in "at least three episodes" of the sitcom's third season.
    More Details Hide Details He plays the role of Biology Professor Marshall Kane at Greendale Community College.
  • 2010
    Age 43
    In 2010, Williams appeared in the film Life During Wartime.
    More Details Hide Details The character he played, Allen, was portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film's predecessor, Happiness. Williams also starred in the film A Day in the Life, which was directed, produced and stars rapper Sticky Fingaz. The entire film is a musical with every line being delivered in rap verse. Williams starred in HBO's Boardwalk Empire for its five seasons (2010–2014). He appeared as Albert "Chalky" White, the leader of 1920s Atlantic City's black community.
  • 2009
    Age 42
    Williams played the role of The Thief in the 2009 film The Road, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.
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  • 2007
    Age 40
    Williams played a Boston area detective named Devin Amronklin in the 2007 film Gone, Baby, Gone.
    More Details Hide Details The film is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane, who has written for The Wire, and was adapted and directed by Ben Affleck. Amronklin is a recurring character in Lehane's Kenzie-Genarro series of books. Williams says that he enjoyed working with Affleck and characterized him as a passionate and hands-on director. The film also featured his co-star from The Wire, Amy Ryan. He played Teddy, the former boyfriend of Nikki Tru (Kerry Washington) in the Chris Rock film I Think I Love My Wife. He played James, a policeman, in singer R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet". He also appeared in The Game's "Dreams" and "How We Do" music videos, Tony Yayo's "It's a Stick Up" music video and Cam'ron's film Killa Season, as well as Trick Daddy's video "Tuck Your Ice In", Sheek Louch's "Good Love", and Young Jeezy's "Bury me a G" alongside his The Wire co-star Hassan Johnson. In 2013, Williams appeared in ASAP Rocky's video for "Phoenix".
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 37
    Williams suffered from an identity crisis during his portrayal of Omar Little, going by his character's name, and developed a habit of smoking cannabis and an addiction to cocaine in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Williams had a recurring role on J. J. Abrams' Alias. He also had a recurring role on Abrams' produced Six Degrees. He has also made brief appearances on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (playing two different characters on two different seasons), Boston Legal, The Sopranos, Law & Order (playing three different characters on three different seasons), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also playing two different characters on two different seasons), Human Giant and Third Watch. Williams makes a brief appearance as the shooter at the beginning of the music video for Young Jeezy's "Bury Me a G". He appears in The Kill Point as recurring guest star Q, a police sniper alongside The Wire co-stars J. D. Williams, Michael Hyatt and Leo Fitzpatrick. He auditioned for the starring role of Mr. Cat but was forced to take a smaller role due to scheduling conflicts; the part of Mr. Cat went to J. D. Williams instead.
  • 2002
    Age 35
    Williams is known for his portrayal of Omar Little in The Wire, which began filming in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details The character was based on Donnie Andrews, as well as other crime figures in Baltimore. Williams received the part after only a single audition. He was initially told that the character was slated to appear in just seven episodes of the first season and feared that the character would be killed before the end of the season. However, creator David Simon stated that they always planned to keep the character as part of the continuing ensemble should the show be renewed beyond the first season. For his portrayal of Omar, Williams was named by USA Today as one of ten reasons they still love television. Omar was praised for his uniqueness in the stale landscape of TV crime dramas and for the wit and humor that Williams brings to the portrayal. Omar has been named as one of the first season's richest characters, a Robin Hood of Baltimore's west side projects. The Baltimore City Paper named the character one of their top ten reasons not to cancel the show and called him "arguably the show’s single greatest achievement". In 2007 he was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Omar.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    Age 29
    He was given one of his first acting roles after being discovered by Tupac Shakur and was cast as High Top, the brother and henchman to Shakur's drug kingpin Tank, in the 1996 film Bullet.
    More Details Hide Details Williams is well known for a large facial scar received during a bar fight on Jamaica Avenue, New York City, on his 25th birthday, in which he was slashed with a razor blade. The scar became his signature feature, and resulted in offers to perform as a thug in music videos. and modeling opportunities with noted photographers like David LaChapelle. Michael K. Williams also serves as the American Civil Liberties Union celebrity ambassador to the Campaign for Smart Justice.
  • 1994
    Age 27
    He also choreographed Crystal Waters' 1994 single "100% Pure Love".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Born
    Born on November 22, 1966.
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