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Mykelti Williamson

Named by his grandfather for Spirit or Silent Friend in the language of Blackfeet Indians, Mykelti Williamson has built a reputation as one of the most consistent actors in the business, delivering stirring and honest performances that capture audiences.

Born in St. Louis, Williamson began performing on stage at age nine. Soon after, his family moved to California where he continued his education, eventually graduating from the Gene Evans Motion Picture School in San Jose, CA. Later, Williamson began working professionally, appearing on several television shows.

His performance in the Academy Award-winning feature Forrest Gump opposite Tom Hanks earned Williamson critical raves, propelling him into films such as Heat, Lucky Number Slevin, August Rush and ATL. He has appeared on television in the critically acclaimed dramas Boomtown, Kidnapped and CSI: NY. Williamson's forthcoming film credits include Black Dynamite, Ball Don't Lie, High School and The Final Destination.

An aviation enthusiast and devoted family man, Williamson enjoys being active in his church, restoring classic cars and flying in his free time. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and his three daughters.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.
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Mykelti Williamson Facts

BirthdayMarch 4, 1960 (63)
BirthplaceSaint Louis, Missouri, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Mykelti Williamson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Forrest Gump
August Rush
The Purge: Election Year
Free Willy
Hollows Grove
Con Air
12 Angry Men
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