“Arguably the most memorable character on a show full of them, Omar became, in Williams’s hands, a transcendent portrait of complicated Black male identity. He was a beloved breakout character, a victory for both Black and queer representation in an era when the complexities of queer identity, and Black identity, let alone queer Black identity, were rarely shown on TV.” Michael K. Williams was more than just Omar from The Wire. But even if that had been his only role, it would have been a career to celebrate. Williams died at the age of 54.