Thursday, May 30, 2024

RIP Award Winning Beloved Actor Michael K. Williams, Star of “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire”


As you probably have heard, Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment today. He was 54.

Star of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams was a hugely successful, talented, and beloved New York actor. It’s thought he died of a drug overdose. Absolutely tragic. Whatever demons he had, we don’t know. That he didn’t know how celebrated he was, and how we in the entertainment press were always so thrilled to see him, that is the real tragedy.

Williams was expected to win an Emmy Award this month for his work on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” He’d had four other Emmy nominations since 2015.

Social media is overflowing with tributes. Rest in peace.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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