American actor Michael Kenneth Williams was prominently known for his role as Omar Little in the HBO crime drama television series The Wire. Sadly, he died on September 6, 2021. As to the records, it was identified that the actor died from acute combined drug intoxication.
Recently on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, the Brooklyn man who was charged in the death of the actor from an overdose pleaded guilty to drug distribution charges. Irvin Cartagena, also known by the name ‘Green Eyes,’ was convicted as one among the four who was involved in the drug trafficking mafia that sold the deadly drug to the 54-year-old actor.
With the news going viral in the media, people are looking back on the life of the actor who portrayed the role of Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO period crime drama television series Boardwalk Empire.
Being a successful actor who has done a handful of roles within his short life, Williams has made a good fortune. As of the estimate made in regard to the actor’s death, it was estimated that he had a net worth of around $5 million.
Who Was Michael Kenneth Williams?
Michael K. Williams was an American actor known for the vibrant roles that he acted out until he died in late 2021. This Brooklyn-born actor was characterized as a “singular presence, onscreen and off, who made every role his own.”
Williams was born on November 22, 1966, in New York City, United States as the son of a South Carolinian father and a Bahamian mother. In order to pursue his dream career as a dancer, he left schooling halfway from the George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School.
He was enrolled at the National Black Theatre, and after some hardships, he got to work as a choreographer for music videos.
With his unique voice and appealing appearance, he received a chance to act alongside American actor and rapper Tupac Shakur. He debuted in the 1996 crime drama film, Bullet, prior to his casting in the 2002 crime drama television series The Wire, which raised him to fame in the early 2000s.
Michael K Williams Net Worth
The late American actor had to struggle a lot at the beginning of his career as both an actor and a dancer. With his debut as an actor, things were not easy for him, and some of the roles that he planned to play didn’t go well.
As a result, he was financially broken, and this left him in depression. But with the portrayal of Omar Little on the HBO crime drama series The Wire, his life flipped over. He grew into prominence, and even fans started to recognize him as an actor.
Being a renowned actor who acted out in a handful of films and television drama series, Michael K Williams has made a net worth of around $5 million.
Michael K Williams Financial Crisis & Drug Addiction
Williams earlier revealed in an interview that he was very weak in financial management. As a result, he had to hire an accountant. But even after doing this, things were never easy on him, especially financially.
With the premiere of the first season of the crime drama series, he received good fortune. Whereas for the subsequent seasons, he wasn’t paid the same as the first.
Without being aware of this, he has squandered his money on drugs and alcohol. Also, he had already moved to Baltimore, but after the second season, he couldn’t afford Baltimore and thus had to return to the projects and even slept on the floor.
After being broken financially, he got more into drugs and has also reported on the sets high. Although the directors and the crew noticed this, they never fired him because they believed that such an act from them could increase his addiction.