RIP Award Winning Beloved Actor Michael K. Williams, Star of “The Wire,” “Boardwalk Empire”

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As you probably have heard, Michael Kenneth Williams was found dead in his Brooklyn apartment today. He was 54.

Star of “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Williams was a hugely successful, talented, and beloved New York actor. It’s thought he died of a drug overdose. Absolutely tragic. Whatever demons he had, we don’t know. That he didn’t know how celebrated he was, and how we in the entertainment press were always so thrilled to see him, that is the real tragedy.

Williams was expected to win an Emmy Award this month for his work on HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” He’d had four other Emmy nominations since 2015.

Social media is overflowing with tributes. Rest in peace.





Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of “Only the Strong Survive,” a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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