Michael K. Williams: How A Scar Transformed His Life
Michael K. Williams has captured the attention of the masses with his remarkably authentic acting skills as Omar on HBO’s hit series The Wire and as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. Now, the handsome star is back as a real-life rouge reporter in a documentary style series called Black Market and in a number of upcoming movies. But it turns out that the Flatbush, Brooklyn native wasn’t always as polished as he is today, and he has the scar to show for it.
Before his infamous roles, Williams was a dancer. He appeared in music videos starring artists like Madonna, George Michael, Missy Elliott, Genuwine, Technotronix, just to name a few.
Then, on his 25th birthday, everything changed.
“There was a popping party going on in Queens,” Williams says. “I went outside to get some air, and I saw that two of my other friends were being surrounded by some dudes I didn’t know.”
Thinking his friends were about to get jumped, Williams told them it was time to go home.
That’s when someone else approached Williams from behind.
“The dude wiped his hand across his mouth and … smacked me,” he says. “What he did was he spit a razor. He was positioning the razor in his mouth to get it between his middle finger and ring finger. And then he swiped me down my face.”
That cut would leave the permanent scar we’ve come to know him to have now.
“We managed to escape with our lives, barely, that night,” he says.
After the attack, Williams’ career took a different turn. Directors didn’t want him to just dance in videos — they wanted him to act out thug roles.
Then Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke were filming a movie in New York called Bullet. The production office happened to…