More Mykelti Williamson Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for ATL)Versatile, instantly funny, terrifying, unforgettable... these are just a few of the phrases used by film and theater critics when describing the characters created by actor Mykelti Williamson. Named by his grandfather for Spirit or Silent Friend in the language of Blackfeet Indians, Williamson has quietly built a reputation in Hollywood as one of the most consistently proven actors in the business, delivering stirring and honest performances that capture audiences.
Born in St. Louis Missouri, Williamson began performing on stage at the tender age of nine. Soon after receiving his first taste of the stage, his family moved to California where Williamson continued his education. After graduating from Gene Evans Motion Picture School in San Jose, California, Williamson began working professionally, appearing on several television shows. He made his feature film debut in the Walter Hill-directed feature Streets of Fire.
He would subsequently star in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale, partner with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat, star alongside Nicolas Cage in Con Air, and co-star with his friend Tom Hanks in the critically acclaimed feature Forrest Gump.
Among Williamson's other credits are Mike Nichols' Primary Colors; Three Kings, opposite George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube; Michael Mann's Ali, starring Will Smith; The Assassination of Richard Nixon with Sean Penn and After the Sunset with Pierce Brosnan. For the small screen, he has appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO telefilm Soul of the Game, The Buffalo Soldiers for TNT, and Twelve Angry Men for Showtime, as well as starring in the cable network's series Hoop Life.
Williamson is a recipient of several awards, including the Peabody, The Humanitas, the Los Angeles Theater Award and the American Film Institute's Award of Excellence.
An aviation enthusiast and devoted family man, Williamson enjoys being active in the church, restoring classic cars and rodeoing in his free time. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife Sondra and his three daughters.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "ATL" (01-Apr-2006)
Biography #3Mykelti Williamson made a breakout appearance in the Academy Award winning film Forrest Gump, in which he starred opposite Tom Hanks. His touching performance in the pivotal role of Bubba earned him critical acclaim.
He can currently be seen starring in The Hoop Life, a drama series airing on Showtime that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of professional basketball players on and off the court.
Williamson's additional film credits include Primary Colors, Species ll, Con Air, Truth or Consequences, Heat, Waiting to Exhale, Free Willy, Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home and How to Make an American Quilt.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)