skip navigation
Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Up
Down

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

 
 

Soul of the Game DVD Hard to believe that it was only a couple of generations ago that baseball was... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

August Rush DVD There's music in the wind and sky. Can you hear it? And there's hope. Can you... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Wildcats DVD You've never seen a coach like this before. Goldie Hawn is at her comedic best... more info $12.98was $12.98 Buy Now

Ali DVD Will Smith stuns in "Ali" (2001), a dazzling biographical film from Michael Mann... more info $14.99was $14.99 Buy Now

Heat DVD Robert De Niro as big-time thief Neil McCauley wants to get out of the biz. But... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

The Final Destination DVD Death cheaters, you've reached the end of the line! This fourth chapter in the... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now



Also Known As: Michael T. Williamson Died:
Born: March 4, 1960 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA Profession: actor, director, dancer

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A steadily working television actor beginning in the 1980s, Mykelti Williamson gained widespread recognition with his role as sweet, simple, shrimp enthusiast Bubba Blue in the Academy Award-winning movie "Forrest Gump" (1994). Williamson went on to become a reliable supporting player on film, often coming across as a warm, gentle giant, even in his many appearances as officers of the law or sympathetic outlaws in over their head. The affable actor had the opportunity to contribute to screen portrayals of such notable African-American cultural stories as that of the "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997) and the historic Negro League in "Soul of the Game" (1996). In several projects, he tackled racial issues, including his work in the acclaimed Showtime adaptation of "12 Angry Men" (1997) and the indie film "Spinning Into Butter" (2009), in which he portrayed a journalist investigating a string of racial incidents at a New England college. While Williamson offered excellent supporting performances in mainstream hits like "Con Air" (1997), "Primary Colors" (1998) and "Ali" (2001), starring roles on fast-paced television dramas like "The Fugitive" (CBS, 2000-01), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Justified" (FX,...

A steadily working television actor beginning in the 1980s, Mykelti Williamson gained widespread recognition with his role as sweet, simple, shrimp enthusiast Bubba Blue in the Academy Award-winning movie "Forrest Gump" (1994). Williamson went on to become a reliable supporting player on film, often coming across as a warm, gentle giant, even in his many appearances as officers of the law or sympathetic outlaws in over their head. The affable actor had the opportunity to contribute to screen portrayals of such notable African-American cultural stories as that of the "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT, 1997) and the historic Negro League in "Soul of the Game" (1996). In several projects, he tackled racial issues, including his work in the acclaimed Showtime adaptation of "12 Angry Men" (1997) and the indie film "Spinning Into Butter" (2009), in which he portrayed a journalist investigating a string of racial incidents at a New England college. While Williamson offered excellent supporting performances in mainstream hits like "Con Air" (1997), "Primary Colors" (1998) and "Ali" (2001), starring roles on fast-paced television dramas like "The Fugitive" (CBS, 2000-01), "24" (Fox, 2001-2010) and "Justified" (FX, 2010- ) became the calling card of the prolific and appealing actor.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 High School (2010)
3.
 Black Dynamite (2009)
5.
 Ball Don't Lie (2008)
6.
 Vice (2008)
7.
8.
 August Rush (2007)
9.
10.
 ATL (2006)
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

1973:
At age 13, was the youngest member of the dance troupe, The Lockers; performed on "Soul Train"
1975:
At age 15, moved with family to Los Angeles
1979:
Won guest starring role on ABC's "Starsky & Hutch"
1979:
First feature, unbilled bit part in "Sunnyside"
1980:
Appeared regularly on the PBS series, "The Righteous Apples"
1983:
Was a regular on the short-lived NBC series, "Bay City Blues"
1983:
Played a recurring role on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC) as Officer Ron Garfield
1984:
Played Jennifer O'Neill's photographic assistant on the CBS series, "Cover-Up"
1984:
Made feature film debut in "Streets of Fire"
1986:
Had a supporting role, opposite Goldie Hawn, in the comedy "Wildcats"
1987:
Played Gus, the basketball coach and science teacher, on "The Bronx Zoo" (NBC)
1988:
Had a recurring role on the series "Midnight Caller" (NBC) as a reporter
1991:
Played Donovan Aderhold, the stations program director, on the revamped series, ""The New WKRP in Cincinnati" (syndicated)
1994:
Best known for his role, opposite Tom Hanks, as the shrimp-loving Bubba Blue in the Oscar-winning film, "Forrest Gump"
1995:
Had a small role as one of Lela Rochon's suitors in "Waiting to Exhale"; directed by Forest Whitaker
1995:
Had a supporting role in Michael Mann's "Heat"
1996:
Played Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson in the HBO film "Soul of the Game"
1999:
Cast as Marvin Buxton in the Showtime series, "The Hoop Life"
1999:
Co-starred with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's "Three Kings"
2000:
Cast as Lt. Girard in CBS' update of the classic 1960's action series, "The Fugitive"
2001:
Portrayed promoter Don King in the Muhammad Ali biopic, "Ali"; starred Will Smith in the title role and directed by Michael Mann
2002:
Played Det. Bobby 'Fearless' Smith in NBC's drama, "Boomtown"
2004:
Starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in the thriller, "After the Sunset"
2005:
Had a small role in Jim Sheridan's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'"
2006:
Cast on the short-lived NBC series, "Kidnapped"
2007:
Had a small role in the film, "August Rush"
2007:
Appeared in several episodes of "CSI: NY" (CBS) as Chief Sinclair
2009:
Co-starred in the thriller, "The Final Destination"
2010:
Joined the cast of "24" (Fox) as special agent in charge of the New York CTU Brian Hastings
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Education

Los Angeles City College: Los Angeles , California -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
Crenshaw High School: Los Angeles , California - 1975

Notes

Williamson was arrested in January 1998 for allegedly stalking his ex-wife and stabbing her companion. Williamson claimed he acted out of concern over his then three-year-old daughter, claiming the man engaged in inappropriate behavior in front of the child. He was eventually acquitted of attempted manslaughter and assault on September 4, 1998 after testifying he was acting in self-defense. During the eight months between his arrest and trial, however, he was unable to find work and reportedly lost both his home and his car.

"I love Jimmy Stewart; he does it for me. I thought he had class. He was very likeable, and he kind of bumbled through things in this innocent way. Watching him, I realized a guy-next-door type could make it. I don't see myself as a handsome leading-man type, but I think I can be versatile. And that's how I saw Jimmy Stewart. He was right in the middle." --Williamson in DAILY NEWS, July 10, 1994

"Some people don't enjoy the audition process. But I like to go in and change the air in the room. I LOVE that." --Williamson in PEOPLE, June 16, 1997

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Olivia Brown. Actor. Born c. 1960 married c. 1982; divorced in 1985.
wife:
Cheryl Chisholm. Real estate agent. Born c. 1964; married in 1989; divorced in 1991; spent a weekend together in 1993 during which Chisholm became pregnant with Williamson's daughter Phoenix.
wife:
Sondra Spriggs. TV host. Hosted "Amazing Tails" (Animal Planet); married in April 1997; mother of Nicole.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Elaine. Accountant.
step-father:
Booker T Marshall. Air Force instructor. Married to Williamson's mother for eight years.
brother:
Jerry Williamson. Army officer. Older, born c. 1951.
sister:
Jacqueline Williamson. Movie promoter. Younger; born c. 1962.
daughter:
Phoenix Williamson. Born in 1994; mother, Cheryl Chisholm.
daughter:
Nicole Skye Williamson. Born in 1998; mother, Sondra Spriggs.
VIEW COMPLETE FAMILY LISTING

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute