Michael Kenneth Williams (1966-2021) recently passed away and, while he was best known for his seminal role on HBO’s The Wire (2002-2008), he also played key roles in a few historical costume movies and TV shows. Most notably was his striking portrayal of a 1920s bootlegger and community leader in Boardwalk Empire. So let’s give him a little frock flick retrospective as we consider what might have been.
Jimmy in Lackawanna Blues (2005)
Tucker in Miracle at St. Anna (2008)
Chalky White in Boardwalk Empire (2010-2014)
Robert in 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Nat Love in They Die by Dawn (2013)
Jack Gee in Bessie (2015)
Rock Banyon in The Spoils Before Dying (2015)
Ken Jones in When We Rise (2017)
Trumpet Man in Motherless Brooklyn (2019)
Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country (2020)
Per IMDB: “Former Buffalo Soldier Mo Washington travels West to lay claim on a gold mine. After his stagecoach is ambushed, Mo is tasked with holding a dangerous outlaw captive and must survive the day when the bandit’s gang tries to free him.” Michael Kenneth Williams stars in this film, and it’s listed as having completed filming, so hopefully we’ll see him one last time onscreen.
What’s your favorite Michael Kenneth Williams role?