Michael T. Williamson
March 4, 1957
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Other names||Mykel T. Williamson|
(m. 1983; div. 1985)
(m. 1989; div. 1991)
Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson (born March 4, 1957) is an American actor best known for his roles in the films Forrest Gump, Con Air and Ali, and the television shows Boomtown, 24, and Justified. In 2016, he portrayed Gabriel Maxson in Denzel Washington's acclaimed film adaptation of August Wilson's play Fences, reprising his role from the 2010 Broadway revival.
Williamson began performing at the age of nine. Along with acting, he also danced as an alternate member of The Lockers troupe on Soul Train along with Fred Berry (star of TV sitcom What's Happening!!). At age nine, Williamson relocated to Los Angeles with his family. He studied television and film at Los Angeles City College. He audited acting classes at USC under the tutelage of Dr. Frank X. Ford Williamson, and was later transferred to Gene Evans Motion Picture School in San Jose, earning his certificate in Cinematography/Film Production.
Williamson began acting professionally as a child. His first TV appearances include Starsky and Hutch, Father Murphy, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, China Beach, and Midnight Caller. Perhaps his best-known television role was as program director Donovan Aderhold in the syndicated series The New WKRP in Cincinnati. Williamson also starred in PBS's TV series The Righteous Apples. The show focuses on the activities of The Righteous Apples, five Boston-area high school musicians, who in a troubled world, seek to help people in distress. Williamson was the lead singer of the group in the show in which he was just a teenager at that time.
His film debut was in Streets of Fire (1984). His credits include Wildcats (1986) with Goldie Hawn, Miracle Mile (1989), The First Power (1990) with Lou Diamond Phillips, Free Willy (1993), Forrest Gump (1994) with Tom Hanks, Waiting to Exhale (1995), Heat (1995), Soul of the Game (1996) with Delroy Lindo, Con Air (1997), Truth or Consequences, N.M. (1997), William Friedkin's TV version of 12 Angry Men (1997), Three Kings (1999), Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999), Holiday Heart (2000), Black Dynamite (2009), The Final Destination (2009), and The Purge: Election Year (2016).
Williamson is best known as Private Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue in the Academy Award–winning 1994 film Forrest Gump. He also received favorable reviews when he played Negro league baseball player Josh Gibson in the HBO film Soul of the Game (1996).
Williamson has made many guest appearances in TV and film. His most recent film appearances have included Ali (2001),The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004), Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2005), ATL (2006), Lucky Number Slevin (2006), August Rush (2007), High School (2010), Convergence (2015), and Fences (2016). He was Juror #10 in the 1997 TV movie remake of 12 Angry Men (picking up the Ed Begley role). He also appeared in a short-lived TV series remake The Fugitive (CBS, 2000–2001). CBS cancelled the series after one season with a total of 22 episodes.
In 2002, he co-starred as Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful crime drama Boomtown.
Between 2007 and 2009, he appeared in seven episodes of CSI: NY as Chief Sinclair, reuniting him with his Forrest Gump co-star Gary Sinise. He was a main character in season 8 of 24 starring as Brian Hastings, the special agent in charge of the New York CTU.
He had a recurring role as Ellstin Limehouse on the FX drama Justified. He was also cast as a homeless man named Terry in the third season of the ABC drama Nashville. Since October 2016, Williamson has had a recurring role as Admiral Chernow in Designated Survivor. In 2017, he began appearing on Chicago P.D..
Williamson was charged with attempted murder in 1998 after he stabbed his ex-wife's boyfriend. He was acquitted of the charge.
|1984||Streets of Fire||B.J. - The Sorels|
|1986||Wildcats||Levander 'Bird' Williams|
|1986||The Delta Force||Delta Force Member||Uncredited|
|1987||Number One with a Bullet||Casey|
|1987||You Talkin' to Me?||Thatcher Marks|
|1990||The First Power||Detective Oliver Franklin|
|1993||Free Willy||Dwight Mercer|
|1994||Forrest Gump||Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue|
|1995||Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home||Dwight Mercer|
|1995||How to Make an American Quilt||Winston|
|1995||Waiting to Exhale||Troy|
|1997||Truth or Consequences, N.M.||Marcus Weans|
|1997||Double Tap||Agent Hamilton|
|1998||Primary Colors||Dewayne Smith|
|1998||Species II||Dennis Gamble|
|1999||Three Kings||Colonel Horn|
|2004||The Assassination of Richard Nixon||Harold Mann|
|2004||After the Sunset||Agent Stafford|
|2005||Get Rich or Die Tryin'||Charlene's Stepfather||Uncredited|
|2006||Lucky Number Slevin||Sloe|
|2007||Spinning into Butter||Aaron Carmichael|
|2007||August Rush||Reverend James|
|2008||Ball Don't Lie||Dallas|
|2009||Black Dynamite||Chicago Wind|
|2009||The Final Destination||George Lanter|
|2014||Hollows Grove||F.B.I. Agent Jones|
|2015||You Bury Your Own||Detective Goodman|
|2016||The Purge: Election Year||Joe Dixon|
|2018||Run the Race||Coach Hailey|
|2018||Canal Street||Jackie Styles|
|2018||Saint Judy||Dikembe Mustafa|
|2018||Thriller||Detective Raymond Johnson|
|2019||Don't Let Go||Bobby Owens|
|2020||The 24th||Sgt. Hayes|
|1978||Starsky & Hutch||Bruce||Episode: "Black and Blue"|
|1978||Salvage 1||Eddie||Episode: "Golden Orbit: Part 1"|
|1979–1981||The White Shadow||Fred/Malcolm Gruner||2 episodes|
|1980||The Righteous Apples||Charles "Big Neck" McMorris||Unknown episodes|
|1981||Freebie and the Bean||Lemar Washington||Episode: "Highway Robbery"|
|1981||Father Murphy||Lijah||Episode: "Establish Thou the Works of Our Hands"|
|1982||Desperate Lives||Jack||Television film|
|1983||Alice||Player #1||Episode: "Carrie on the Rebound"|
|1983–1984||Bay City Blues||Deejay Cunningham||8 episodes|
|1983–1986||Hill Street Blues||Officer Ron Garfield/Raymond Hawkins Jr.||9 episodes|
|1984||Gimme a Break!||Waiter||Episode: "Nell's Birthday"|
|1984–1985||Cover Up||Rick||19 episodes|
|1984–1985||Miami Vice||Sylvio Romulus/Leon Jefferson||2 episodes|
|1986||The Love Boat||James Russell||2 episodes|
|1987||J.J. Starbuck||Calvin||Episode: "First You've Got to Go to the Picnic"|
|1987–1988||The Bronx Zoo||Gus Butterfield||21 episodes|
|1988||Police Story: Monster Manor||Officer Don Luntner||Television film|
|1988–1991||Midnight Caller||Deacon Bridges||47 episodes|
|1989||China Beach||Jean Jacques Rousseau||2 episodes|
|1990||A Killer Among Us||Greg Hopkins||Television film|
|1991–1993||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Donovan Aderhold||44 episodes|
|1994||Time Trax||Luther Bell||Episode: "Cool Hand Darien"|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Dr. Michael Alders||Episode: "The Second Soul"|
|1996||Soul of the Game||Josh Gibson||Television film|
|1997||12 Angry Men||Juror #10||Television film|
|1997||Buffalo Soldiers||Cpl. William Christy||Television film|
|1999||Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years||Papa Delany||Television film|
|1999–2000||The Hoop Life||Marvin Buxton||22 episodes|
|2000||Holiday Heart||Silas||Television film|
|2000–2001||The Fugitive||Lt. Philip Gerard||23 episodes|
|2002||Our America||Graham Ellis||Television film|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Tevis Lockwood||Episode: "Ship-in-a-Bottle"|
|2002–2003||Boomtown||Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith||24 episodes|
|2004||Monk||Captain Walter Cage||Episode: "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan"|
|2005||Third Watch||Detective Dante Rice||2 episodes|
|2006||Justice||Joshua Mortin||Episode: "Prior Convictions"|
|2006–2007||Kidnapped||Virgil Hayes||13 episodes|
|2007||Raines||Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007–2009||CSI: NY||Chief Brigham Sinclair||7 episodes|
|2009||Psych||Coach Sammy Winslow||Episode: "Any Given Friday Night at 10PM, 9PM Central"|
|2010||24||Brian Hastings||17 episodes|
|2010||The Good Wife||Mathew Wade||Episode: "On Tap"|
|2011||Have a Little Faith||Donnie||Television film|
|2011||Rizzoli & Isles||U.S. Marshal Whitmore||Episode: "Don't Stop Dancing, Girl"|
|2012||Single Ladies||Pierce||Episode: "All or Nothing"|
|2012–2015||Justified||Ellstin Limehouse||18 episodes|
|2013||Touch||Detective Lang||4 episodes|
|2014||Scorpion||General Ned Walker||Episode: "Plutonium Is Forever"|
|2014||Nashville||Terry George||4 episodes|
|2015–2016||Hawaii Five-0||Clay Maxwell||2 episodes|
|2016||Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders||Brigadier General Yazee Zwane||Episode: "Iqiniso"|
|2016–2017||Designated Survivor||Admiral Chernow||3 episodes|
|2017||Rebel||Rene Knight||5 episodes|
|2017–2018||Chicago P.D.||Lieutenant Denny Woods||14 episodes|
|2018–2019||Lethal Weapon||Tom Barnes||4 episodes|
|2021||Law & Order: Organized Crime||Preston Webb||1 episode|
- Mykelti Williamson profile, filmreference.com; accessed January 6, 2018.
- "24 Hires Mykelti Williamson to Take Charge of CTU". TVGuide.com. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
- Andreeva, Nellie (July 18, 2017). "'Chicago P.D.': Mykelti Williamson Joins NBC Cop Drama As Recurring In Season 5". www.deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
- "'Forrest Gump' Actor Acquitted in Stabbing". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
- Rosen, Lisa (December 1, 2016). "Mykelti Williamson looks forward to a life of service, now that 'Fences' has made life perfect". www.latimes.com. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 28, 2021.
- N'Duka, Amanda (December 7, 2018). "Mykelti Williamson, Ravi Patel, Annabeth Gish, Newcomer Alex Kersting Plus More Join Mira Sorvino In 'Butter'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
- "'The Good Wife' review: Alicia and the dangers of cell-phone romance". EW.com. Retrieved May 31, 2020.
- Petski, Denise (August 25, 2021). "'Law & Order: Organized Crime': Lolita Davidovich, Mykelti Williamson, Guillermo Diaz & Dash Mihok Set To Recur On 'SVU' Spinoff". www.deadline.com. Deadline. Retrieved October 28, 2021.