Michael K. Williams RIP
Birth Name: Michael Kenneth Williams
Date of Birth: November 22, 1966
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Date of Death: September 6, 2021
Place of Death: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Michael K. Williams, also credited by his full name Michael Kenneth Williams, was an American actor and dancer. He is known for his role as Omar Little on the crime drama The Wire, and for his many other acclaimed dramatic performances, including Boardwalk Empire, 12 Years a Slave, The Road, When They See Us, The Night Of, and Bessie.
Michael’s parents were both black. His father, Booker T. Williams, was from Greeleyville, Williamsburg, South Carolina, a city that Michael’s family had lived in for at least two centuries. Michael’s mother was from Nassau, Bahamas. He had ancestry from the Mende people in Sierra Leone. He was raised in the Vanderveer Projects in Brooklyn.
Michael’s paternal grandfather was named Primus/Primas Williams. Primus was born in South Carolina.
Michael’s paternal grandmother was named Anna J. Murrell/Murell (the daughter of Fronnie Murrell). Anna was born in South Carolina. Fronnie was the daughter of William “Willy” Murrell and Elizabeth Rollison. They were both born into slavery. Elizabeth’s parents, Michael’s great-great-great-grandparents, were named Rollo or Raleigh and Lucy.
Genealogy of Michael K. Williams (focusing on his father’s side) – https://www.geni.com
Michael’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Michael’s paternal great-grandmother, Fronnie Murrell, on the 1880 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Michael’s paternal great-grandmother, Fronnie Murrell – https://www.familysearch.org