Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Mar. 4th, 1957
Born in
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
6' 1 1/2

Mykelti Williamson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
24 TV Show
Chicago PD TV Show
Chicago PD
Underground TV Show
Kidnapped TV Show
Boomtown TV Show
Cover Up TV Show
Cover Up
J.J. Starbuck TV Show
J.J. Starbuck
The Fugitive TV Show
The Fugitive

Main Movie Roles

2010 - High School
2009 - Final Destination 4
2009 - Black Dynamite
2008 - Vice
2008 - Ball Don't Lie
2007 - Spinning Into Butter
2007 - August Rush
2006 - ATL
2006 - Lucky Number Slevin
2005 - Get Rich or Die Tryin'
2004 - After the Sunset
2001 - Ali
1999 - Three Kings
1998 - Primary Colors
1998 - Species II
1997 - Con Air
1997 - Truth or Consequences, N.M.
1995 - Waiting to Exhale
1995 - Heat
1994 - Forrest Gump
1993 - Free Willy
1989 - Miracle Mile
1986 - Wildcats
1984 - Streets of Fire

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Deacon Bridges
Donovan Aderhold
Marvin Buxton
Gus Butterfield
Ellstin Limehouse
Off. Ron Garfield
Deejay Cunningham
Chief Brigham Sinclair
Rene Knight
Detective Lang
[Complete List]


Perhaps best remembered for his touching performance as "Bubba" opposite 'Tom Hanks' in the Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump (1994), Mykelti Williamson is one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood, who has been steadily honing his craft since he first began acting professionally at the age of 18.

This past fall Williamson starred as Lt. Philip Gerard, the hardnosed detective determined to recapture escaped convict Dr. Richard Kimble ('Tim Daly') in CBS' update of the classic 1960's action series The Fugitive (2000).

The son of an Air Force Staff Sergeant (father) and certified public accountant (mother), Williamson was born in St. Louis, MO, and began performing on the stage at the age of 9. Like many youngsters, he was enamored with the concept of television, and thought that the images he was seeing on the small screen were reality. It wasn't until his mother put him in a church play that he realized that what the people on the small screen were doing was performing. He was instantly hooked. At the age of 15, Williamson and his family settled in Los Angeles. A superb athlete, he excelled at both football and basketball, but the acting bug led him to quit sports and dance with the cheerleading squad, much to the chagrin of his coaches.

Following graduation, Williamson began acting professionally, making appearances on television shows such as "Starsky and Hutch" (1975), "Hill Street Blues" (1981) and "China Beach" (1988), among others. He made his film debut in the Walter Hill (I)-directed feature Streets of Fire (1984), opposite Diane Lane (I), Michael Par� and Willem Dafoe.

He would subsequently appear in the feature The First Power (1990) with Lou Diamond Phillips, Miracle Mile (1988) with Anthony Edwards (I) and Mare Winningham, Number One with a Bullet (1987), Wildcats (1986) and Free Willy (1993).

Following his critically acclaimed performance in Forrest Gump (1994), Williamson starred in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995); partnered with Al Pacino in Michael Mann (I)'s Heat (1995); Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), and starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Con Air (1997).

Williamson was also seen in Mike Nichols (I)' political drama Primary Colors (1998) (a cameo appearance which he did as a personal favor to Nichols and John Travolta) and Three Kings (1999), opposite George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg (I) and Ice Cube.

In 1996 Williamson returned to television when he starred opposite Delroy Lindo and Blair Underwood in the critically acclaimed HBO telefilm Soul of the Game (1996) (TV) and received rave reviews for his stirring portrayal of legendary Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson (I). Williamson also starred in Buffalo Soldiers (1997) (TV) for TNT and 12 Angry Men (1997) (TV) for Showtime, as well as starring in the cable network's series "The Hoop Life" (1999).

On stage Williamson starred with Samuel L. Jackson, D.B. Sweeney, Ellis Williams, Matt McGrath (I) and Richard Reilly (I) in Clark Gregg's ("What Lies Beneath") 1995's ensemble drama "Distant Fires", which earned the cast a prestigious L.A. Theatre Award.

An avid sports fan and devoted family man, Williamson enjoys restoring classic cars and rodeoing in his free time. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two of his three daughters.

Named by his grandfather for 'Spirit' or 'Silent Friend' in the language of Blackfeet Indians, Mykelti Williamson has quietly built a reputation in Hollywood as one of the most consistently proven actors in the business, delivering stirring and honest performances that always capture audiences.

  • His grandfather was a Blackfoot Indian.
  • Mykelti is pronounced like "Michael Tee".
  • Miami vice was produced by Michael Mann, Mykelti guest starred in the pilot episode. They would later collaborate in Heat and Ali with Michal Mann as director.
  • Was an alternate for The Lockers, a featured dance group on Soul Train.
  • Worked with producer Mann, Michael in the pilot episode of "Miami Vice" (1984) and later reunited with Mann in Heat (1994).
  • His other daughter, Phoenix is from his marriage with Cheryl Chisholm
  • Has two daughters with 'Sondra Spriggs' (qv), named Nicole and Maya
  • (5 January 1998): Arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-wife and stabbing a friend. Was released on $180,000 bail next day.

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