Michael Kenneth Williams (November 22, 1966 – September 6, 2021) was an American actor. He played the role as Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire and Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
He was also acclaimed for his role as Jack Gee, husband of Bessie Smith, in the HBO telefilm biopic Bessie. He acted in supporting roles in a number of films and television series, including The Road, Inherent Vice, The Night Of, Gone Baby Gone, 12 Years a Slave, When We Rise, When They See Us, and Hap and Leonard.
Williams received five Primetime Emmy Award nominations: three for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, one for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (pending), and one for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.
On September 6, 2021, Williams was discovered deceased in his Williamsburg, Brooklyn penthouse by his nephew. No cause has been disclosed, though his death is reportedly being investigated as a drug overdose after investigators discovered drug paraphernalia in his apartment.