Michael K. Williams, Omar From ‘The Wire,’ Is Dead at 54

Michael Ok. Williams, the actor recognized for his position as Omar Little within the HBO sequence “The Wire,” was discovered lifeless in his Brooklyn residence on Monday, the police stated. He was 54.

Mr. Williams was discovered about 2 p.m., based on the New York City Police Department. The loss of life is being investigated and town’s health worker will decide the trigger, the police stated.

The actor grew up within the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, the place he stated he had by no means envisioned a life exterior the borough. But earlier than he was 30, he had parlayed his love for dance into dancing roles on excursions with the singers George Michael and Madonna, after which landed his first performing alternative with one other artist, Tupac Shakur.

Within a couple of years, he appeared in additional roles, together with as a drug vendor within the film “Bringing Out the Dead,” which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Then in 2002 got here “The Wire,” David Simon’s HBO sequence that explored the gritty underworld of corruption, medicine and the police in Baltimore.

Mr. Williams performed Omar Little, a stickup man with a pointy wit and a sawed-off shotgun. He grew to become maybe probably the most memorable character on a sequence many take into account among the many finest exhibits in tv historical past.

A full obituary will seem quickly.

Noah Remnick contributed reporting.