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Mykelti Williamson
Born Michael T. Williamson
March 4, 1960 (1960-03-04) (age 50)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Other name(s) Mykel T. Williamson
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Sondra Spriggs (1997-present)
Cheryl Chisholm (1989-1991)
Olivia Brown (1983-1985)

Michael T. "Mykelti" Williamson (born March 4, 1960) is an American actor best known for his role in the 1994 film Forrest Gump.

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Biography

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Early life

Williamson was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Elaine, a certified public accountant, and a father who was an Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer.[1]

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. While in high school he excelled in athletics, particularly football and basketball. However, acting was his first love and he no longer pursued sports.

Williamson studied television/film at Los Angeles, City College. He audited acting classes at USC under the tutelage of Dr. Frank X. Ford, who believed the young Williamson showed enough promise to be taught free of charge. Williamson later transferred to Gene Evans Motion Picture School in San Jose and earned his certificate in Cinematography/ Film Production.

Career

Williamson began acting professionally as a child. His first TV appearances include Starsky and Hutch, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, China Beach, and Midnight Caller. 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) Waiting to Exhale (1995), Heat (1995), Con Air (1997), Three Kings (1999), Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years (1999), Black Dynamite (2009) and The Final Destination (2009).

Williamson is 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 movie and film. His most recent film appearances have been Lucky Number Slevin (2006), a short-lived TV series remake (CBS, 2000-2001) of the The Fugitive. CBS canceled the series after one season with a total of 22 episodes. Ali (2001),The Assassination of Richard Nixon in 2004, ATL (2006), August Rush (2007), Black Dynamite (2009) and The Final Destination (2009). He was a juror in the 1997 TV movie remake of Twelve Angry Men.

In 2002, he co-starred as Detective Bobby "Fearless" Smith in the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful crime drama Boomtown.

He was invited to join AMPAS in 2005.

Recently he has appeared in several episodes of CSI: NY as Chief Sinclair, reuniting him with his co-star Gary Sinise.

He will be a main character in season 8 of 24 starring as the special agent in charge of the New York CTU named Brian Hastings.[2]

Personal life

Williamson was married to Miami Vice actress Olivia Brown from July 2, 1983 - 1985. He married Sondra Spriggs on April 26, 1997; together they have two daughters, Nicole and Maya. Sondra appeared with Mykelti in the 1998 sequel Species II when Mykelti's character Dennis Gamble takes his girlfriend back to his private boat for the night. The two were married during the filming of TNT's production of Buffalo Soldiers.

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