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MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (Neville) is one of television's most respected and acclaimed actors. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life-often with surprising tenderness-Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a unique ability to mesmerize audiences with his stunning character portrayals.

Williams is best known for his remarkable work on "The Wire," which ran for five seasons on HBO. The wit and humor that Williams brought to Omar Little, the whistle-happy, profanity-averse, dealer-robbing stickup man, earned him high praise and made Omar one of television's most memorable characters. For his work Williams was nominated in 2009 for an NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series."

Williams co-starred in HBO's critically acclaimed series "Boardwalk Empire," which premiered in 2010 and is currently in its last season. In the Martin Scorsese-produced show, Williams played Chalky White, a 1920s bootlegger and impeccably suited veritable mayor of the Atlantic City's African-American community. In 2012, "Boardwalk Empire" won a Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series." In 2014, Michael Kenneth Williams was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for "Outstanding Supporting Actor in Drama Series" for "Boardwalk Empire."

Williams continued to show his versatility by guest starring in "Community," NBC's comedy series. His other television credits include "Law & Order," "CSI," "The Philanthropist" and "Boston Legal." He also had a recurring role on "The Sopranos" and J.J. Abrams' "Alias." Williams will next be seen starring along John Turturro in Steve Zallian's series for HBO, "Crime."

Williams made his feature film debut in the urban drama Bullet, after being discovered by the late Tupac Shakur. He also appeared in Bringing out the Dead, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. His other film work includes roles in The Purge 2: Anarchy, The Road, Gone Baby Gone, Life During Wartime, I Think I Love My Wife, Wonderful World, and Snitch opposite Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon, Robocop starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton and a supporting role in the Academy Award-winning Steve McQueen film 12 Years A Slave with Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. Williams will next be seen in the features Captive, opposite Kate Mara and David Oyelowo, Kill The Messenger, opposite Jeremy Renner and Anesthesia, opposite Glenn Close, Kristen Stewart and Corey Stoll. He will also be seen opposite Richard Gere in Oren Moverman's Time Out of Mind, opposite Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson and Chiwetel Ejiofor in John Hillcoat's Triple Nine and opposite Joaquin Phoenix in Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Inherent Vice. Williams will also star opposite Queen Latifah in the HBO Film "Bessie."

Giving back to the community plays an important role in Williams' off-camera life. He has established Making Kids Win, a charitable organization whose primary objective is to build community centers in urban neighborhoods that are in need of safe spaces for children to learn and play. In 2014, Michael also became the ACLUs Ambassador to end mass incarceration.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22. After numerous appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting. He participated in several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the prestigious National Black Theatre Company and the Theater for a New Generation directed by Mel Williams.

Michael Kenneth Williams resides in Brooklyn, New York.


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