Michael K Williams iconic actor gets his flowers

Michael K Williams

As Chalky White in ‘Boardwalk Empire’ © Home Box Office, Inc.

“Only an actor of considerable range could have conveyed the charisma, tenderness, charm, and fearsomeness of such a character. Fifty-four is far too young to have seen the full flowering of his talent. The death of Michael K Williams is a wrenching loss.” FT

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“Despite his vast array of parts, Williams, who’s nominated for an Emmy this year for his supporting role in “Lovecraft Country,” expressed deep-seated fears about being typecast in an HBO and Atlantic video short. Playing Omar, he turns to the real Williams and yells, “Do you think a white boy could’ve played Omar?” NYPost

“it’s hard to nail down Williams’ best and most impactful onscreen roles. Almost every character he played was memorable. Williams was an actor known for his ability to elevate any role, and even became a sort of queer icon for the way he challenged traditional notions of masculinity with his work as Omar Little.” Looper

“The Wire”’s Omar Little was the most memorable character on one of the greatest shows in the history of television. The actor who played him, Michael Kenneth Williams, was also one of the best and most versatile character actors of this—or any—generation. Neither of these statements are hyperbole; a glance at his over one hundred roles reveals his versatility and his daring. When he graced the screen with his piercing stare and his expressive face, he could enliven even the most extraneous of roles” Roger Ebert

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“What distinguished all of Williams’s work was the deep integrity he lent any role, big or small. He played criminals, activists, professors; his characters were gay and straight, villainous and lovable. But all of them felt rooted in reality, no matter how lurid the material. Williams seemed incapable of delivering a half-hearted performance; he was too fearless an artist for that.”The Atlantic

Michael K. Williams at the 27th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on March 31, 2021, in Miami.
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“Above all else, Williams will be remembered for his humanity and courage, as well as for the authenticity he brought to all his roles. After Williams’s death, fellow Wire veteran Wendell Pierce wrote in a moving Twitter thread that Williams was an “immensely talented man with the ability to give voice to the human condition[,] portraying the lives of those whose humanity is seldom elevated until he sings their truth.” For many of his fans, Williams was more than an actor: He was a gateway to empathy with a host of characters who might, had they not been played by Michael K. Williams, been easy to write off, stereotype, or forget.” Vox

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