RIP: ‘The Wire’ And ‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Michael K. Williams, Dead At 54

In a terrible piece of news at the end of the day, it’s being reported that The Wire and Emmy-nominated Lovecraft Country actor Michael K. Williams has been found dead in his Brooklyn home. He was just 54-years-old.

I’m not going to get into the particulars of his death. You can look that up for yourself.

Williams was probably best known for what I truly believe was an iconic performance as Omar Little on HBO’s The Wire. He made a home at HBO, where he also played gangster Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire, before the aforementioned Lovecraft Country brought him back to the network.

Refusing to be pigeonholed, Williams cultivated a diverse array of performances on the big screen, as well, appearing in Best Picture winner 12 Year a Slave, The Gambler, Assassin’s Creed, and while some may have forgotten it, he had a tiny appearance in 2008’s Incredible Hulk, making him a small part of the MCU.

Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Michael K. Williams.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.