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Michael K. Williams has captured the attention of the masses with his remarkably authentic acting skills as Omar on HBO’s hit series The Wire and as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. But it turns out that the Flatbush, Brooklyn native wasn’t always as polished as he is today, and he has the scar to tell it.

Before his infamous roles, Williams was a dancer. He appeared in music videos starring artists like Madonna and George Michael.

Then, on his 25th birthday, everything changed.

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“There was a popping party going on in Queens,” Williams says. “I went outside to get some air, and I saw that two of my other friends were being surrounded by some dudes I didn’t know.”

Thinking his friends were about to get jumped, Williams told them it was time to go home.

That’s when someone else approached Williams from behind.

“The dude wiped his hand across his mouth and … smacked me,” he says. “What he did was he spit a razor. He was positioning the razor in his mouth to get it between his middle finger and ring finger. And then he swiped me down my face.”

That cut would leave the permanent scar we’ve come to know him to have now.

Michael K Williams: The True Story Behind His Scar  was originally published on

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