Michael K. Williams profile

Michael K. Williams, best known as Omar on The Wire, discusses his past as a cocaine addict, a story that didn’t necessarily need to be told.

But why is he telling his story now? Why fess up when most of the world hadn’t found out and his career is peaking again on “Boardwalk Empire”? Somehow, after each coke binge, he cleaned up, showed up and knocked off some of the most powerful scenes on TV. He never blew an acting call. There were no rumors about missed table reads, no whispers among directors about mysterious “sick days.” So, this is a story that didn’t have to be told — or did it?

“I thought, ‘Why me? Why did I get spared?’ I should’ve been dead,” Williams says. “I have the scars. I’ve stuck my head in the lion’s mouth. Obviously, God saved me for a purpose. So, I decided to get clean and then come clean. I’m hoping I can reach that one person.”

Michael K. Williams profile