The story behind Michael K. Williams' trademark scar that catapulted his acting career

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Michael K. Williams, best known for his role as Omar Little in “The Wire,” was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment. Character actor Michael K. Williams — famous for his role as Omar Little in the HBO series "The Wire" — has died of a possible drug overdose, multiple law enforcement sources confirmed to NBC 4 New York. NBC New York‘The Wire' Actor Michael K. Williams Found Dead in Brooklyn

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Michael K. Williams, Actor Who Played Omar On 'The Wire,' Dies At 54. Critically acclaimed actor Michael K. Williams was found dead in his New York City apartment Monday. NPRMichael K. Williams, Actor Who Played Omar On 'The Wire,' Dies At 54

Did the guy from The Wire die?

Michael K. Williams, the actor who brought a hard-edge charisma to his portrayal of Omar Little, the sawed-off-shotgun-wielding stickup man on the pioneering HBO series “The Wire,” was found dead on Monday in his home in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, the police said. He was 54. The New York TimesMichael K. Williams, Omar From 'The Wire,' Is Dead at 54

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Personal life. Williams married Judi Dench on 5 February 1971, the same year that they co-starred in a stage production of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi. They had one daughter, Tara Cressida Williams (b. 1972), known as Finty Williams, who is also an actress. wikipedia.orgMichael Williams (actor)

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A fight that erupted while actor Michael K. Williams was celebrating his 25th birthday left him with a fearsome scar down his face — and proved a turning point in his career.

The 54-year-old actor, who was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose on Monday, told National Public Radio that he sustained the gruesome injury when he went outside to get some air during a "popping party" at a bar in Queens.

"I saw that two of my other friends were being surrounded by some dudes who I didn’t know. And it looked like they were about to get jumped," he recalled during the 2014 interview.

"And I said, ‘Yo, I’m ready to leave. Let’s go back. I’m going to go back home now.'"

But Williams said that "this one dude kept pacing behind me."

"He kept like, you know, like sucking his teeth, and I’m looking — I’m like, ‘Yo — so what’s up dude? Yo bro, what’s your problem?'" he said.

"And the dude wiped his hand across his mouth and just — what I thought appeared to be — smacked me, but what he did was he spit a razor."

Willams added, "He was positioning the razor in his mouth to get between his middle finger and his ring finger, and then he just went — swiped me down my face, and this cut my face."

"It was actually the first hit of the fight. So we managed to escape with our lives, barely, that night," he said.

But while Williams survived the attack, the gash from the razor blade created a distinctive scar that ran down the center of his forehead, crossed the bridge of his nose and continued across his right cheek before ending near his mouth.

At the time, Williams was working as a dancer in music videos for stars including Madonna and George Michael and while the incident left him marked for life, it also got him noticed by the directors with whom he was working.

"Things changed immediately after that. Directors didn’t want me just to dance in the videos anymore," he said.

"They wanted me to act out these thug roles, you know, like — ‘Mike, roll these — roll these dice in this video. Have this fight in this video.’ I was like, ‘All right.'"

A short time later, the late rapper Tupac Shakur was filming the movie "Bullet" and "happened to see a Polaroid picture of me and was like, ‘Yo, this dude looks thugged out enough that he could play my little brother," Williams said.

That led to a role in the film and others for NBC’s "Law & Order" and HBO’s "The Sopranos," and eventually his breakthrough role as sawed-off shotgun toting "Omar Little" on HBO’s "The Wire."

"I got to grow with an amazing group of people that I consider my Wire family," he said.

"That character changed my life. And that was my big break."

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Nathalie Emmanuel, Colman Domingo, Nick Wechsler & more pens tribute to Michael K. Williams; Read tweets

PINKVILLA 07 September, 2021 - 08:50am

Ugh this one hurts Michael K Williams was one of the best to ever do it. And was a really warm, sweet man the few times I had the pleasure of meeting him. #RIPMichaelKWilliams

— Nathalie Emmanuel (@missnemmanuel) September 6, 2021

Truly gutted on hearing the passing of Michael K. Williams. A tremendous actor.

— Colman Domingo (@colmandomingo) September 6, 2021

Michael K Williams was a magnificent Artist. We have lost an important storyteller way to soon. My heart is with all who loved him. #RIP

— Debra Messing(@DebraMessing) September 6, 2021

I legitimately gasped when I read the news. The dude was one of the best. Absolutely loved his work. This kills me.

— Nick Wechsler (@Nick_Wechsler) September 6, 2021

This is utterly devastating. Sweet Michael. You were one of the greatest actors ever. Rest In Peace. 'The Wire' actor Michael K. Williams found dead in NYC apartment https://t.co/zTBtSvyveH via @nypmetro

— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 6, 2021

He used his remarkable gift to bring stories to life. He mastered his craft, and used his art to break down barriers. Many of us came to know him as Omar. To his family, I pray peace and comfort during this devastating time.

Michael K. Williams, rest in strength.

— Charles Booker (@Booker4KY) September 6, 2021

Heartbroken to learn of Michael's passing. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to work with such a talented artist and human being. A true force of nature. Rest In Power, my friend. https://t.co/19Gp0yKvsa via @variety

— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) September 6, 2021

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