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  • Writer's pictureElaine Weatherby

Remembering Michael K. Williams

Updated: Sep 22, 2021

The incredible actor, Michael K Williams died on September 6th. Fans remember him from the shows "The Wire", "Boardwalk Empire", and "Love Craft Country". He also appeared in many, many movies including "The Purge", "The Purge: Anarchy", "When They See Us", "Superfly", "12 Years a Slave", "Django Unchained", and "Ghostbusters", to name a few.

He was a prominent black actor and his most notable facial feature was a large scar that stretched from the middle of his forehead to just under his right eye. He told Terry Gross, host of the show, 'Fresh Air' on NPR, that he got it from a bar fight in New York when he was in his 20s. As Williams recalled, a man in the bar positioned a razor between his fingers and smacked him in the face, creating the scar - which later helped Michael land a few film roles.

Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York apartment from an alleged heroine and fentanyl overdose. Williams was open and honest about his struggle with addiction over the years but unfortunately, sometimes addiction can be a temptation that is too strong to break from without help. He will always be remembered for the incredible acting roles and the characters he brought to life on film. According to the New York Post, "Michael K. Williams' funeral will be held on September 14, 2021 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Two more services are planned in LA and New York." Which film character/characters do you remember him for? Click here for a full list of Williams' film appearances. You can listen to his full conversation with Terry Gross on the podcast, 'Fresh Air' by clicking the play button below.

If you have an addiction, it’s important to talk to someone and get the help you need to be the person you were meant to be. Call the Center for Addiction Treatment at 513-381-6672.

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