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Portrait of an artiste as a tormented man

Michael K Williams's life, before and after he played the most memorable Omar in The Wire

Williams with old friends while taking a stroll through his old neighbourhood in Brooklyn last month. Williams has made a career of bringing nuance and contrast to his roles, inspired by the swaggering characters he grew up with in East Flatbush.

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THE Wire, HBO's five-season epic of Baltimore life, is a perennial contender for the greatest television series ever, and Michael K Williams, in his role as the stickup man Omar Little, its most memorable actor. But on the show's first day of filming, when a prop person handed...

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