Mark Wahlberg Tributes ‘The Wire’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor Michael K. Williams After His Death: ‘You Will Be Missed’

by Joe Rutland
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Mark Wahlberg sent his condolences out to “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Wire” actor Michael K. Williams, who died on Monday.

Williams, 54, was found dead at his Brooklyn, N.Y., apartment. He played Albert “Chalky” White on the HBO series during its five-season run. Michael K. Williams also played Omar Little, a character known for sticking up and robbing drug dealers, on “The Wire.”

Mark Wahlberg sent this out to Williams’ family, friends, and fans on Monday afternoon.

Law enforcement officials entered his apartment and reportedly found heroin on his dinner table, the New York Post reported.

No cause of death has been released by officials. Williams’ cousin reportedly found his body.

Mark Wahlberg Was Exectuive Producer On ‘Boardwalk Empire’

Mark Wahlberg was an executive producer on “Boardwalk Empire” from 2010-14. That’s where his and Michael K. Williams’ paths crossed.

Mark Wahlberg made a name for himself in the 1990s as musician “Marky Mark.”

During his career, Michael K. Williams received five Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

He also appeared on other television shows like “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Boston Legal,” and “The Sopranos.” Mark Wahlberg also appeared in movies like “Ted,”
“Boogie Nights,” and “The Departed.”

Former “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette also sent her condolences to Michael K. Williams through Twitter.

“My beloved brother. I am… I love you.”, she wrote. “We were like kids when we met. In our 20’s, Dancing around NYC. And then our talks as “grown ups”. Forever and forever in my heart. I love you. #MichaelKWilliams“.

She joins Mark Wahlberg in sending their kind words after the news broke.

HBO, Edward Norton Also Sent Condolences To Actor’s Family

HBO, the home network for both “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire,” also released a statement on Monday.

“We are devastated to learn of the passing of Michael Kenneth Williams, a member of the HBO family for more than 20 years,” according to a statement from HBO. “While the world is aware of his immense talents as an artist, we knew Michael as a dear friend who was beloved by all who had the privilege to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his family for this immeasurable loss.”

Actor Edward Norton shared his thoughts after learning about the death of Michael K. Williams on Monday afternoon.

Norton sent this out on Twitter, saying, “I feel punched in [the] gut to learn we’ve lost Michael K Williams. Soul anguished. Getting to work with him was one of the greatest privileges I’ve had in my career. My admiration for his talent was boundless, like so many. If he was in a scene he was the best thing about it. Period.”

Mark Wahlberg and others are remembering their friend on Monday.