Nov. 22nd, 1966
Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Michael Kenneth Williams (born November 22, 1966) is an American actor. He has received critical acclaim for his portrayal of Omar Little on The Wire.
Early life and career
Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York. After getting in some trouble as a youth he enrolled at the National Black Theatre in New York City. He later got a job at a pharmaceutical company but left after he felt the job was not cut out for his destiny. Inspired by Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814, he left school and quit his job against the wishes of his family to pursue a career as a dancer. During a year in which he was intermittently homeless, Williams "pounded the pavement," visiting record labels and dance studios looking for work. He eventually got a job as a background dancer on a music tour, which led to more work appearing as a dancer in videos and on tours, as well as some modeling work.
Williams is well known for his large facial scar. Williams got the scar after he and his friends were involved in a confrontation with another group in Brooklyn on his 25th birthday. His assailants sliced him with razor blades. He eventually embraced the scar, citing Seal’s marred face as an inspiration. His scar became his signature and earned him photo shoots with noted photographers like David LaChapelle.
- Used be a dancer and then a choreographer, doing routines for music videos and tours.
- His large facial scar is the result of a bar fight he got involved on his 25th birthday. His assailants sliced him with razor blades.
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