A family member will accept “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams’s Emmy award if he wins Sunday night.
Nephew and mentee Dominic Dupont will walk the stage. The Hollywood Reporter first reported on the decision Thursday.
Williams, 54, is nominated for best supporting actor in a drama for his work on the now-canceled HBO drama “Lovecraft Country.”
“The Wire” actor’s performance was a top nominee for the famous award. Family found Williams on Sept. 6 after a drug overdose.
If Michael K. Williams wins the award, he will be only the seventh posthumous award winner in Emmy history.
One Twitter fan told Dupont to be ready.
Williams’s Nephew Involved in Documentary
“The Wire” actor was a four-time Emmy nominee and had many television and film roles.
One of his Emmy mentions must be remembered with a documentary.
One of those nods came with his work on the Vice documentary “Raised in the System.” The feature centered on his nephew Dupont, who served 20 years for murder.
Former N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo commuted Dupont’s sentence in 2017. As a result, Cuomo called for reforms of America’s incarceration system and the juvenile justice system.
“Michael was instrumental in helping me get through the process of the prison experience,” Dupont told the New York Post.
“The Wire” star worked as a mentor. He also encouraged Dupont to “stay focused on the important things” after prison.
Currently, the 43-year-old man works as director of programs at Making Kids Win. It’s a nonprofit organization Williams founded.
Michael K. Williams made his name with the character Omar Little in the HBO series “The Wire.” The actor had notable movie roles in “12 Years A Slave” and “The Gambler.”
Before that, “The Wire” actor started as a dancer and starred in music videos.
Williams Funeral Held in Harrisburg, Pa.
Michael K. Williams came from a diverse background.
For one thing, he was the child of an immigrant mother from the Bahamas and a father raised in the south.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, the man lived with his father in Greeleyville, South Carolina, for a few years. To start his professional career, he moved back to the Big Apple.
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Cathedral held a private funeral for Williams on Wednesday, according to WSWS. Family, friends, and fellow actors attended the service. “The Wire” creator David Simon and Queen Latifah paid their respects. Others, including Mariah Carey and Gabrielle Union, sent memorials to the family.
Currently, family members have not announced Williams’ final resting place.
“The Wire” star was open about his history of drug use and his ongoing struggles with the plight.
Williams’ Death Under Investigation
After Michael K. Williams died on Sept. 6, police officials started to look into the circumstances of his death.
They know “The Wire” star died from a mix of heroin laced with fentanyl.
Next, the New York Police Department is now looking into the drugs. More importantly, they want to know where the drugs came from. This includes a search for a drug dealer to find out more details.