Character Name: Fearless Bobby Smith (2002- )|
Birth Date: March 4, 1960
Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Sometimes Credited As: Mikel T. Williamson or Mykel T. Williamson
Marital Status: 'Sondra Chisholm' (? - 1994) (divorced)
Flimography: Click here! to read about his other roles
Trivia: Mykelti is pronounced like "Michael Tee".
January 5, 1998: Arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-wife and stabbing a friend. Was released on $180,000 bail next day.
4 September 4, 1998: Jurors acquitted him of attempted manslaughter in the stabbing of his ex-wife's companion.
About the character:
About the actor: Perhaps best remembered for his touching performance as 'Bubba' opposite Tom Hanks in the Academy Award winning film Forrest Gump (1994), Mykelti Williamson is one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood, after steadily honing his craft since he first began acting professionally at the age of 18.
This past fall Williamson starred as Lt. Philip Gerard, the hardnosed detective determined to recapture escaped convict Dr. Richard Kimble (Tim Daly) in CBS Television's update of the classic 1960's action series "Fugitive, The" (2000).
The son of an Air Force Staff Sergeant (father) and certified public accountant (mother), Mykelty Williamson was born in St. Louis, MO, and began performing on the stage at the age of 9. Like many youngsters, Williamson was enamored with the concept of television, and thought that the images he was seeing on the small screen were reality. It wasn't until his mother put him in a church play that he realized that what the people on the small screen were doing was performing. Williamson was instantly hooked.
At the age of 15, Williamson and his family settled in Los Angeles. A superb athlete, Williamson excelled at both football and basketball until his performance bug led him to quit sports and dance with the cheerleading squad, much to the chagrin of his coaches.
Following his graduation, Williamson began acting professionally, making appearances on television shows such as "Starsky and Hutch", "Hill Street Blues" and "China Beach", among others. Williamson made his film debut in the Walter Hill directed feature Streets of Fire (1984), opposite Diane Lane, Michael Pare and Willem Dafoe.
He would subsequently appear in the feature First Power, The (1990) with Lou Diamond Phillips, Miracle Mile (1989) with Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham, Number One with a Bullet (1987), Wildcats (1986) and Free Willy (1993).
Following his critically acclaimed performance in Forrest Gump (1994), Williamson starred in Forest Whitaker's Waiting to Exhale (1995); partnered with Al Pacino in Michael Mann's Heat (1995); Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home (1995), and starred alongside Nicolas Cage in Con Air (1997).
Williamson was also seen in director Mike Nichols' political drama Primary Colors (1998) (a cameo appearance which he did as a personal favor to Nichols and John Travolta) and Three Kings (1999), opposite George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube.
In 1996 Williamson returned to television when he starred opposite Delroy Lindo and Blair Underwood in the critically acclaimed HBO telefilm Soul of the Game (1996) (TV) and received rave reviews for his stirring portrayal of legendary Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. Williamson also starred in Buffalo Soldiers (1997) (TV) for TNT and 12 Angry Men (1997) (TV) for Showtime, as well as starring in the cable network's series "Hoop Life, The" (1999).
On stage Williamson starred with Samuel L. Jackson, D.B. Sweeney, Ellis Williams, Matt Macgrath, Richard Reily in Clark Gregg's ("What Lies Beneath") 1995's ensemble drama "Distant Fires", which earned the cast a prestigious L.A. Theatre Award.
An avid sports fan and devoted family man, Williamson enjoys restoring classic cars and rodeoing in his free time. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two of his three daughters.
Named by his grandfather for 'Spirit' or 'Silent Friend' in the language of Blackfeet Indians, Mykelti 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 always capture audiences. (By A. Robinson)
While never afraid to play a wide variety of characters, Mykelti Williamson has only recently been labeled “fearless,” an apt description of the veteran of film and television who now takes on the role of Detective Bobby “Fearless” Smith in NBC’s new drama “Boomtown.”
The son of an Air Force staff sergeant and a public accountant, Williamson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, where he began acting at the age of 9. He quickly became enamored with television, but it wasn’t until his family made the move to Los Angeles that he directed his attention towards acting professionally. The then-15-year-old ignored his athletic promise in favor of performing with his high school cheerleading squad.
Perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed role as Bubba in the Academy Award-winning film “Forrest Gump” starring opposite Tom Hanks, Williamson made his big-screen debut in “Streets of Fire” with Willem Dafoe. His other feature credits include appearing opposite George Clooney in “Three Kings,” as well as “Primary Colors,” “Wildcats,” “Free Willy,” “Number One with a Bullet,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “Con-Air” (starring Nicolas Cage) and Michael Mann’s cop-drama “Heat” (partnered with Al Pacino). Most recently, he starred as boxing promoter Don King in Michael Mann’s “Ali.”
Williamson began his professional career as a frequent TV guest star in such dramas as “Hill Street Blues,” “Starsky and Hutch” and “China Beach.” Returning to television in 1996, he starred opposite Delroy Lindo as the legendary Negro League catcher Josh Gibson in the TV movie “Soul of the Game.” Williamson’s other credits include the cable series “Hoop Life,” and the films “Twelve Angry Men” and “Buffalo Soldiers.”
On stage, Williamson garnered the prestigious L.A. Theater Award as a player in Clark Gregg’s ensemble drama “Distant Fires,” starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson.
An avid sports fan and devoted family man, Williamson enjoys restoring classic cars and rodeoing in his free time. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two of his three daughters. His birthday is March 4.