Michael got his big break in acting after being discovered by Tupac Shakur and cast as High Top in the 1996 film Bullet. However, it wasn’t until 2002 that he became a household name thanks to his role as drug dealer Omar Little on The Wire, regularly considered one of the best television shows of all time.
Even President Barack Obama called Omar his favorite TV character. “That’s not an endorsement. He’s not my favorite person, but he’s a fascinating character. … He’s the toughest, baddest guy on the show,” he said in 2008.
While Michael’s death is an unspeakable tragedy, fans can expect more of his work to be released following his death. He has two movies (Surrounded and 892) with expected posthumous release dates. In one of his last Instagram posts, Michael revealed that he was excited to start working with director George Tillman on a George Forman biopic.
Our thoughts are with Michael’s family and friends during this difficult time.