Michael K. Williams, the actor known for his role as Omar Little in the HBO series “The Wire,” was found dead in his Brooklyn home on Monday, the police said. He was 54.
Mr. Williams was found about 2 p.m., according to the New York City Police Department. The death is being investigated and the city’s medical examiner will determine the cause, the police said.
The actor grew up in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he said he had never envisioned a life outside the borough. But before he was 30, he had parlayed his love for dance into dancing roles on tours with the singers George Michael and Madonna, and then landed his first acting opportunity with another artist, Tupac Shakur.
Within a few years, he appeared in more roles, including as a drug dealer in the movie “Bringing Out the Dead,” which was directed by Martin Scorsese. Then in 2002 came “The Wire,” David Simon’s HBO series that explored the gritty underworld of corruption, drugs and the police in Baltimore.
Mr. Williams played Omar Little, a stickup man with a sharp wit and a sawed-off shotgun. He became perhaps the most memorable character on a series many consider among the best shows in television history.
A full obituary will appear soon.
Noah Remnick contributed reporting.