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Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS

Actor Michael K. Williams gained famed in the role of Omar in "The Wire." He went on to host the Viceland series "Black Market."
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Actor Michael K. Williams, who as the rogue robber of drug dealers Omar Little on “The Wire” created one of the most popular characters in television in recent decades, died Monday.
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Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael K. Williams played Omar Little, Baltimore's most-feared stickup artist, on the HBO cable television series, "The Wire."
Michael K. Williams played Omar Little, Baltimore's most-feared stickup artist, on the HBO cable television series, "The Wire." (PAUL SCHIRALDI / Associated Press)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little (HBO)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little (HBO)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little (HBO)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little
Michael Kenneth Williams as Omar Little (HBO)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Actor Michael K. Williams gained famed in the role of Omar in "The Wire." He went on to host the Viceland series "Black Market."
Actor Michael K. Williams gained famed in the role of Omar in "The Wire." He went on to host the Viceland series "Black Market." (Handout)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
When actor Michael K. Williams was a guest on Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show" he talked about how his character Omar on "The Wire" changed his life.
When actor Michael K. Williams was a guest on Stephen Colbert's "The Late Show" he talked about how his character Omar on "The Wire" changed his life. (Daniel Kucin Jr. / BALTIMORE SUN)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael K. Williams in "'The Wire."
Michael K. Williams in "'The Wire."
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Sonja Sohn and Michael K. Williams embrace local photographer Devin Allen, whose photo of the Baltimore riots made the cover of Time magazine. Cast members of "The Wire" shared stories of Baltimoreans during the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray.
Sonja Sohn and Michael K. Williams embrace local photographer Devin Allen, whose photo of the Baltimore riots made the cover of Time magazine. Cast members of "The Wire" shared stories of Baltimoreans during the unrest following the death of Freddie Gray. (Daniel Kucin Jr., For The Baltimore Sun)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left and actor Michael K. Williams of "The Wire" perform at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on Saturday, April 9, 2016. New York City political reporters lampooned presidential candidates, the Mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the show.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left and actor Michael K. Williams of "The Wire" perform at the 94th annual Inner Circle Dinner at the New York Hilton Hotel in Manhattan on Saturday, April 9, 2016. New York City political reporters lampooned presidential candidates, the Mayor and Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the show. ((Photo: David Handschuh/The Inne)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael K. Williams during season 5 of "The Wire."
Michael K. Williams during season 5 of "The Wire." (Nicole Rivelli/HBO)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Following the end of "The Wire" Williams had roles in ABC’s docudrama miniseries “When We Rise,” "Boardwalk Empire," “Assassin's Creed,” "12 Years a Slave," "Inherent Vice," "Ghostbusters," "The Night Of" and more.
Following the end of "The Wire" Williams had roles in ABC’s docudrama miniseries “When We Rise,” "Boardwalk Empire," “Assassin's Creed,” "12 Years a Slave," "Inherent Vice," "Ghostbusters," "The Night Of" and more. (Richard Shotwell / Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Michael K. Williams through the years | PHOTOS
Michael K. Williams first came to prominence on HBO's "The Wire," but worked on shows as varied as "The Night Of" and Viceland's series “Black Market."
Michael K. Williams first came to prominence on HBO's "The Wire," but worked on shows as varied as "The Night Of" and Viceland's series “Black Market." (Kirk McKoy/Los Angeles Times.)
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