Mykelti Williamson Biography (1960-)

First name is pronounced "Michael T"; born March 4, 1960, in St. Louis, MO; father, an air force noncommissioned officer; mother's name, Elaine (a certified public accountant); married Olivia Brown (an actress), c. 1982 (divorced 1985); married Cheryl Chisholm (a real estate agent), 1989 (divorced c. 1991);married Sandra (some sources spell name as Sondra) Spriggs (an actress), April 26, 1997; children: (second marriage) Phoenix (daughter); (third marriage)Nicole Skye, Maya. Addresses: Agent: Todd Eisner, Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Manager: Jenny Delaney, Forster-Delaney Management, 12533 Woodgreen, Los Angeles, CA 90066.

Birth Details
March 4, 1960
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) B. J., Streets of Fire, Universal, 1984
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Levander "Bird" Williams, Wildcats (alsoknown as First and Goal), Warner Bros., 1986
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Casey, Number One with a Bullet, Cannon,1987
  • (As Mikel T. Williamson) Thatcher Marks, You Talkin' to Me?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1987
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Wilson, Miracle Mile, Twentieth Century-Fox/Columbia, 1989
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Detective Oliver Franklin, The First Power (also known as Pentagram, Possessed, and Transit), Orion, 1990
  • Dwight Mercer, Free Willy (also known as Sauvez Willy), Warner Bros., 1993
  • Private Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue, Forrest Gump, Paramount, 1994
  • Dwight Mercer, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (also known as Sauvez Willy 2), Warner Bros., 1995
  • Sergeant Drucker, Heat, Warner Bros., 1995
  • Troy, Waiting to Exhale, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Winston, How to Make an American Quilt (also known as An American Quilt), Universal, 1995
  • Marcus Weans, Truth or Consequences, NM, Triumph Releasing, 1997
  • Mike "Baby-O" O'Dell, Con Air, Buena Vista, 1997
  • Dennis Gamble, Species II (also known as Species 2: Offspring and Species 2: Origins), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1998
  • Dewayne Smith, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Coupleand Mit aller macht), Universal, 1998
  • Colonel Horn, Three Kings (also known as Spoils of War), Warner Bros., 1999
  • Don King, Ali, Columbia, 2001
  • Agent Stafford, After the Sunset, New Line Cinema, 2004
  • Harold Mann, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, ThinkFilm, 2004
  • Aaron Carmichael, Spinning into Butter, Cinemavault Releasing International, 2006
  • Grady Frank, Fatwa, New Films International, 2006
  • Sampson, Vice, Arcview Entertainment/Stage 18 Pictures, 2006
  • Uncle George, ATL (also known as Jellybeans), Warner Bros.,2006
  • Some sources cite uncredited appearances in Enter the Dragon (alsoknown as The Deadly Three, Operation Dragon, and Long zhenghu dou), Warner Bros., 1973; Sunnyside, American International Pictures, 1979; and Penitentiary, Xenon Entertainment Group, 1979, JerryGross Organization, 1980.
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Dancer (as a member of The Lockers), Soul Train, syndicated, beginning c. 1973
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Charles "Big Neck" McMorris, The Righteous Apples, PBS, c. 1980-82
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Dee Jay Cunningham, Bay City Blues, NBC,1983
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Rick, Cover Up, CBS, 1984-85
  • Officer Ron Garfield, a recurring role, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984, 1986
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Gus Butterfield, The Bronx Zoo, NBC, 1987-88
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Investigative reporter Deacon Bridges, Midnight Caller, NBC, 1989-91
  • Donovan Aderhold, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, syndicated, 1991-93
  • Marvin Buxton, The Hoop Life, Showtime, 1999-2000
  • Philip Gerard, The Fugitive, CBS, 2000-2001
  • Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith, Boomtown, NBC, 2002-2003
  • Miniseries
  • Himself, I Love the '90s, VH1, 2004
  • Movies
  • Jack, Desperate Lives, ABC, 1982
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Greg Hopkins, A Killer among Us, NBC, 1990
  • Leonard, Other Women's Children, Lifetime, 1993
  • Josh Gibson, Soul of the Game (also known as Baseball in Blackand White and Field of Honour), HBO, 1996
  • Corporal William Christy, Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997
  • Hamilton, Double Tap, HBO, 1997
  • Tenth juror, 12 Angry Men, Showtime, 1997
  • Coleman Walker, Gideon, Starz!, 1999
  • Papa Delany, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (also known as Having Our Say), CBS, 1999
  • Silas, Holiday Heart, Showtime, 2000
  • Graham Ellis, Our America, Showtime, 2002
  • Specials
  • Through the Eyes of Forrest Gump, HBO, 1994
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1995
  • The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 1996
  • The 34th NAACP Image Awards, Fox, 2003
  • Himself, 2004 Trumpet Awards, TBS, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Bruce, "Black and Blue," Starsky and Hutch, ABC, 1978
  • Fred, "Burnout," The White Shadow, CBS, 1981
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Ray M. Hawkins, Jr., "Moon over Uranus: The Final Legacy," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) "Carrie on the Rebound," Alice, CBS, 1983
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Sylvio Romulus, "A Tale of a Goat," Miami Vice, NBC, 1984
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Waiter, "Nell's Birthday," Gimme a Break!, NBC, 1984
  • Calvin, "First You've Got to Go to the Picnic," J. J. Starbuck, NBC, 1987
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Officer Don Luntner, "Monster Manor," PoliceStory (also known as Police Story: Monster Manor), ABC, 1988
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Rosseau, "Promised Land," China Beach, ABC, 1989
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Rosseau, "Psywars," China Beach, ABC, 1989
  • Luther Bell, "Cool Hand Darien," Time Trax, syndicated, 1994
  • Dr. Michael Alders, "The Second Soul," The Outer Limits (also known as The New Outer Limits), Showtime, Sci-Fi Channel, and syndicated,1995
  • Tevis Lockwood, "Ship-in-a-Bottle," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2002
  • Guest, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2002
  • Walter Cage, "Mr. Monk Takes Manhattan," Monk, USA Network, 2004
  • Detective Dante Rice, "The `L' Word," Third Watch, NBC, 2005
  • Detective Dante Rice, "The Other `L' Word," Third Watch, NBC, 2005
  • Appeared in episodes of other series, including Baretta, ABC; andKojak.
  • Pilots
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Dee Jay Cunningham, Bay City Blues, NBC,1983
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Leon Jefferson, "Brother's Keeper: Parts 1 &2," Miami Vice, NBC, 1984
  • (As Mykel T. Williamson) Rick, Cover Up, CBS, 1984
  • Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith, Boomtown, NBC, 2002
  • Stafford, The Secret Service, ABC, 2004
  • Virgil, Kidnapped, NBC, c. 2006
  • Stage Appearances
  • Distant Fires, Los Angeles, 1995
  • Appeared in Vigil, Pasadena Community Arts Theatre.
  • Videos
  • Before, During, and "After the Sunset," New Line Home Video, 2005
  • The Making of "Heat," Warner Home Video, 2005
  • Teleplays
  • Series
  • (Story) Boomtown, NBC, 2002-2003

Further Reference


    • Contemporary Black Biography, Volume 22, Gale, 1999
    • People Weekly, January 26, 1998, p. 63; April 7, 2003, p. 183
    • TV Guide, July 17, 1999, pp. 32-36
    • USA Weekend, October 13, 2000, p. 12
    • Xsess, Volume 3, issue 1, 1996, pp. 64-65, 138

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