Actor Michael K Williams has sadly died at the age of 54. Notable for his role as Omar Little in The Wire, you may have noticed a scar on the star’s face. We’re exploring how the distinctive look came to be and how it actually aided his career.

The 54-year-old was found dead in his apartment on Monday (September 6th).

The Wire star passes away

A representative for Michael K Williams told The Hollywood Reporter: “with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”

The 54-year-old was reportedly found dead in his New York apartment.

The star was best known for his role as Omar Little in The Wire, but also notably portrayed Albert “Chalky” White in Boardwalk Empire between 2010 and 2014.

How did Michael K Williams get the scar on his face?

  • Michael K Williams got the distinctive scar on his face after a brawl broke out on his 25th birthday.

In talks with National Public Radio in 2014, Williams revealed that a fight had broken out outside a “popping party” in Queens, New York.

The actor said at the time: “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.

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

“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?’”

Williams continued: “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. 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.”

Pretty crazy stuff.

How did the scar boost the actor’s career?

The injury led to a distinctive image for Michael K Williams, which would actually prove beneficial in terms of his career.

The scar prompted the star to pursue ‘thug roles’, as per The Independent.

Tupac Shakur, who was filming the 1996 movie Bullet, reportedly said: “Yo, this dude [Williams] looks thugged out enough that he could play my little brother.”

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