J. D. Williams
|J. D. Williams|
May 22, 1978
Newark, New Jersey
|Known for||Playing Preston "Bodie Broadus" in The Wire and Kenny Wangler in Oz|
Darnell "J.D." Williams (born May 22, 1978) is an American actor from New York. Best known for his starring roles in the HBO television programs Oz as Kenny Wangler, The Wire as Bodie Broadus and Pootie Tang as froggy.
Williams was born in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Newark Arts High School, a performing arts public school in Newark, New Jersey. He portrayed a biracial 15-year-old dealing with racism and his father's infidelity in the play A.M. Sunday in late 2003 at Baltimore's Centerstage theater. He had a number of cameos and leading roles in R&B and hip-hop music videos between 2002 and 2005.
Williams appeared in Homicide: Life on the Street, a show based on a book by The Wire creator David Simon, where he guest-starred as Casper in the episode "The Why Chromosome". He had a small guest starring role in The Sopranos episode "46 Long" as Special K, an incompetent stickup man and one of Brendan Filone's goons. He went on to play series regular, inmate Kenny Wangler, in the first four seasons of Oz. He then appeared in HBOs The Wire as Bodie Broadus, a Barksdale Organization drug dealer who slowly rises through the ranks throughout the seasons. In preparation for the role, he walked around Baltimore's inner city during the middle of the night a few days before the first taping; talking about this to AllHipHop, Williams stated "it was like 12 or 1:00 in the morning. I just threw on a black hoodie and walked around. I went to one of their hoods and watched that night. I learned not to do that no more, I was lucky I made it back that night." He is older than his character by 8 years.
According to his original HBO bio, he is credited with appearing in the film Graffiti Bridge, but a 2003 interview with AllHipHop revealed that Williams was not in the movie. The page no longer exists, however. Tevin Campbell filled the cameo role with which Williams was credited.
Williams has had leading roles or cameo appearances in a number of R&B and hip-hop music videos. He has appeared as himself, a love interest, and characters resembling his role as a drug dealer on The Wire.
In 2012, Williams had a major supporting role in the indie film Surviving Family as the ex-boyfriend of the main character. His character was a wounded veteran of the war in Iraq who had lost an eye in an IED attack and suffered from PTSD.
|1999||24 Hour Woman|
|2003||Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler|
|2010||Happy New Year|
|2011||Sex, Money and You Already Know|
|2012||An American in Hollywood|
|2016||Guns and Grams|
|1997||New York Undercover||one episode|
|1998||Law & Order||one episode|
|1999||The Sopranos||one episode|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||one episode|
|1999||Third Watch||one episode|
|2000||Sex and the City||one episode|
|2000||Big Apple||one episode|
|2001||100 Centre Street||two episode|
|2002–2006||The Wire||forty-two episodes|
|2006||Rap City||three episodes|
|2008||The Kill Point||eight episodes|
|2010, 2011||Detroit 1-8-7||two episodes|
|2010–2015||The Good Wife||six episodes|
|2013||Blue Bloods||one episode|
|2014||The Following||two episodes|
|2016||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||one episode|
|2016||Saints & Sinners||Series regular|
|2016||The Night Of||multiple episodes|
- Aaliyah, "Miss You" (2002)
- Freeway, "What We Do" (2002)
- Mariah Carey, "Through the Rain" (2002)
- Lumidee, "Never Leave You (Uh Oooh, Uh Oooh)" (2003)
- Cam'Ron, "Lord You Know" (2004)
- Fabolous, "Breathe" (2004)
- Tupac Shakur, "Ghetto Gospel" (2005)
- Mario, "How Could You" (2005)
- Prodigy, "Stuck On You" (2007)
- Streamers (2007)
- A.M. Sunday (2003)
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- Yue, Jordan (June 12, 2012). "J.D. Williams: "I Didn't Want to Keep Doing Characters That Were Evil" | News". BET. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Dove (September 19, 2004). "JD Williams: Walking The Wire". AllHipHop. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- TV.com. "Homicide: Life on the Street - Season 7, Episode 21: The Why Chromosome". TV.com. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Bianculli, David (May 29, 2002). "HBO Show Arrives Under 'The Wire' - Baltimore crime drama suffers by comparison". NY Daily News. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Spitz, Marc (June 4, 2012). "Maxim Interrogates the Makers and Stars of The Wire". Maxim. Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- Rahman, Ray (September 19, 2011). "Watch The Wire's Bodie Push Weight in a FedEx Commercial". Vulture. Retrieved April 18, 2013.