David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” wrote on Twitter that he was “disturbed”. Williams played Omar in the classic HBO series.
“Michael was a fine man and a rare talent and on our journey together he always deserved the best words. And today those words will not come,” Simon wrote.
Wendell Pierce, who co-starred with Williams in “The Wire” as Detective Bunk Moreland, wrote: “The depth of my love for this brother can only be matched by the depth of my pain when I learned of his loss. A tremendously talented man. with the ability to give voice to the human condition by portraying the lives of those whose humanity is rarely exalted until he sings their truth.If you don’t know, you better ask someone.His name was Michael K. Williams. He shared his secret with me. Fears then stepped into his acting with real courage, acting in the face of fear, not in its absence. It took me years to learn what Michael had in abundance.”
He continued: “He was proud of the artist he had become and asked for my advice long after he surpassed every admonition I could share, always honest, never false. The nicest persons. Like two naughty children we would laugh & joke when we would meet.Like Baltimore years ago, THE WIRE brought us together and immortalized Omar & Bunk in that “scene” on a park bench, but for us we wanted to take that moment together and say something about black men. “Our struggles with ourselves, internally and with each other. We had nothing but respect for me and Mike. So for you, my brother Mike, there is a small comfort I know, you knew how much we loved you.”
Williams was found dead at his home in Brooklyn on Monday. He was 54.
“I remember the times you came on set, even if you weren’t on the call list. Just to share a hug. To cheer us on. Stroll like the king you were. For a flash to some love — then gone I remember nights out in NYC that summer and how you were so loved by the people in your city I remember our work at work, always connected and communicating and digging and building because you’re so was open and ready to give you everything. I remember you sent me a picture of yourself as a young man and shared with me that the boys whose story we told were a reflection of you – and we would do well,” Duvernay wrote .
Isiah Whitlock Jr. wrote: “Shocked and saddened by the death of Michael K Williams. One of the nicest brothers on the planet with the biggest heart. A great actor and soul. May you RIP. God bless.”
Aisha Tyler wrote: “Michael K Williams was a beautiful, passionate, expansive soul. I felt so lucky to have known him, and we were all lucky enough to enjoy his incredible talent. He burned so bright. Rest in strength , MKW You will be the king forever.’