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The Redemption of Michael K. Williams.

Today, Michael K. Williams is best known for the iconic characters he has created for HBO — Omar Little, the scar-faced, shotgun-toting, homosexual thug who made his living stealing from cutthroat Baltimore drug dealers on “The Wire,” and Chalky White, the black bootlegger demanding respect from the white power brokers of Atlantic City on “Boardwalk Empire,” which begins its third season this month.

But several years ago, while he starred on “The Wire,” Williams, now 45, lived a double life as a doper in Newark’s most dangerous neighborhoods — doing drugs “in scary places with scary people.” He swears it was just cocaine and pot for him — “nothing stronger”— but many of those around him were felons, some with guns, dealing or using heroin and desperate for their next hit.

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