Mykelti Williamson - Rotten Tomatoes

Mykelti Williamson

Highest Rated:   94% Three Kings (1999)
Lowest Rated:   9% Species II (1998)
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Birthplace:   Saint Louis, Missouri
After more than a decade in the business, hard-working actor Mykelti Williamson achieved true fame as Tom Hanks' army buddy in Forrest Gump (1994). Born in St. Louis, Williamson and his family moved frequently during his childhood, finally settling in Los Angeles when he was 15. After studying acting in high school, Williamson landed a recurring role on Hill Street Blues in 1983. Working steadily in TV and movies throughout the 1980s, Williamson appeared in a number of films, including Walter Hill's Streets of Fire (1984); the pilot movie for the stylish cop series Miami Vice (1984); and the Goldie Hawn football comedy Wildcats (1986). By the 1990s, Williamson added a bona fide sleeper hit to his credits with his role as a paternal cop in Free Willy (1993). His transformative performance as Forrest's ill-fated shrimp-loving friend Bubba in the blockbuster, 1994 Best Picture winner Forrest Gump then earned Williamson critical raves, propelling him into a varied range of high-profile films. After appearing in Free Willy 2 (1995) and playing a small but attention-getting role as one of Lela Rochon's unworthy suitors in Waiting to Exhale (1995), Williamson joined forces with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat (1995). Continuing to work in TV as well, Williamson acted in several series, co-starred as Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson in the well-received TV film The Soul of the Game (1996), played a black cavalryman in the TNT Western Buffalo Soldiers (1997), and joined the prestigious ensemble cast of 12 Angry Men (1997). Williamson continued to ride high as Nicolas Cage's ill cell mate in the summer blockbuster Con Air (1997), but his 1998 movie work in Primary Colors and Species 2 was personally overshadowed by his legal troubles when he was arrested for stalking his ex-wife and stabbing her friend. Acquitted of the charges, Williamson returned to form with a blistering performance as an Army colonel in David O. Russell's critically lauded Three Kings (1999). Williamson reprised his role as Lt. Gerard in the second TV series version of The Fugitive(2000). Despite pre-season hype and the prior success of other Fugitives, the series lasted only one season. Williamson then made another onscreen splash when he reunited with Heat director Michael Mann to appear as the flamboyant, shock-haired boxing impresario Don King in Mann's ambitious biopic Ali (2001). Williamson is married and has three daughters.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Butter
  • Professor Dunn
2020
No Score Yet The 24th
  • Actor
2020
No Score Yet Emperor
  • Actor
2020
42% Don't Let Go (Relive)
  • Bobby
2019
62% Saint Judy
  • Dikembe Mustafa
2019
40% Run the Race
  • Actor
2019
No Score Yet Canal Street
  • Actor
2019
40% Thriller
  • Actor
2018
92% Fences
  • Gabriel
$57.7M 2016
56% The Purge: Election Year
  • Joe Dixon
2016
No Score Yet Convergence
  • Captain Saul Miller
2015
No Score Yet Hollows Grove
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet You Bury Your Own
  • Actor
2014
28% High School
  • Paranoid
$0.1M 2012
No Score Yet Have A Little Faith
  • Donnie
2011
83% Black Dynamite
  • Chicago Wind
$0.2M 2009
29% The Final Destination
  • George
$66.5M 2009
16% Spinning Into Butter
  • Aaron Carmichael
2009
20% Ball Don't Lie
  • Dallas
2008
29% Vice
  • Sampson
2008
36% August Rush
  • Rev. James
$31.6M 2007
52% Lucky Number Slevin
  • Sloe
$22.5M 2006
61% ATL
  • Uncle George
$21.2M 2006
No Score Yet Fatwa
  • Grady Frank
2006
67% The Assassination of Richard Nixon
  • Harold Mann
$0.6M 2004
18% After the Sunset
  • Agent Stafford
$28.4M 2004
No Score Yet Our America
  • Graham Ellis
2002
68% Ali
  • Don King
$58.2M 2001
No Score Yet Holiday Heart
  • Silas
2000
No Score Yet Gideon
  • Coleman Walker
1999
94% Three Kings
  • Colonel Horn
1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years
  • Papa Delany
1999
9% Species II
  • Dennis Gamble
1998
81% Primary Colors
  • Dewayne Smith
1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers
  • Christy
1997
No Score Yet Double Tap
  • Actor
1997
55% Con Air
  • Baby-O
1997
38% Truth or Consequences, N.M.
  • Marcus Weans
1997
92% 12 Angry Men
  • Juror #10
1997
67% Soul of the Game
  • Josh Gibson
1996
56% Waiting to Exhale
  • Troy
1995
86% Heat
  • Drucker
1995
61% How to Make an American Quilt
  • Winston
1995
31% Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
  • Dwight Mercer
1995
70% Forrest Gump
  • Bubba Blue
$330.1M 1994
58% Free Willy
  • Dwight Mercer
1993
22% The First Power
  • Detective Oliver Franklin
1990
90% Miracle Mile
  • Wilson
1989
No Score Yet You Talkin' to Me?
  • Thatcher Marks
1987
No Score Yet Number One with a Bullet
  • Casey
1987
22% Wildcats
  • Levander 'Bird' Williams
1986
67% Streets of Fire
  • B.J.
1984
No Score Yet Desperate Lives
  • Jack
1982
No Score Yet Penitentiary
  • Actor
1980
94% Enter the Dragon
  • Actor
1973

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Chicago Med
2015
  • Director
  • 2020
89% Lethal Weapon
2016-2019
  • Tom Barnes
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Chicago P.D.
2014
  • Lt. Denny Woods Hammond Danny Woods Woods
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2014
38% Rebel
2017
  • Rene Knight, Rebel's father
  • 2017
25% Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders
2016-2017
  • Gen. Yazeen Zwane
  • 2017
  • 2016
96% Underground
2016-2017
  • Moses
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Clay Maxwell
  • 2015
61% Scorpion
2014-2018
  • Gen. Walker
  • 2015
  • 2014
97% Justified
2010-2015
  • Ellstin Limehouse
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
90% Nashville
2012-2018
  • Terry
  • 2014
68% Touch
2012
  • Det. Lange
  • 2013
86% 24
2001-2014
  • Brian Hastings
  • 2010
  • 2009
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Matthew Wade
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: NY
2004-2013
  • Chief Sinclaire Brigham Sinclair Chief Brigham Sinclair Chief Sinclair
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
67% Kidnapped
2006-2007
  • Virgil Hayes
  • 2007
  • 2006
63% Justice
2006
  • Joshua Mortin
  • 2006
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
  • Dante Rice
  • 2005
91% Monk
2002-2009
  • Capt. Cage
  • 2004
96% Boomtown
2002-2003
  • Det. `Fearless' Bobby Smith
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
  • Tevis
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • Actor
  • 1995
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Garfield
  • 1986
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
  • Sylvio Leon
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet The White Shadow
1978-1981
  • Fred
  • 1981
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • Bruce
  • 1978
40% The New WKRP in Cincinnati
1993
  • Actor

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