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Williamson, Mykelti (1960–)

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WILLIAMSON, MYKELTI (1960–). Actor. This native of St. Louis, Missouri, began acting in plays at age nine, and moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was 15. He became an athlete playing football and basketball, until he quit to perform with the cheer-leading squad. He began acting professionally at age 18 after graduation, landing parts in television series, such as Starsky and Hutch, Hill Street Blues , and China Beach . He made his film debut in Streets of Fire , 1984, but it was his performance as Bubba in Forrest Gump , 1994, that gave him his big break. On television, he portrayed baseball great Josh Gibson in the HBO telefilm Soul of the Game , 1996. His other film roles include Waiting to Exhale , 1995; Heat , 1995; and Con Air , 1997. Getting back to the stage, he performed in What Lies Beneath and the L. A. Theater Award-winning ensemble drama Distant Fires .

Filmography: Streets of Fire , 1984; Number One with a Bullet , 1987; Miracle Mile , 1989; The First Power , 1989; Forrest Gump , 1994; Waiting to Exhale , 1995; How to Make an American Quilt , 1995; Heat , 1995; Soul of the Game , 1996; Twelve Angry Men , 1997; Con Air , 1997; Buffalo Soldiers , 1997; Species 2 , 1998; Primary Colors , 1998; Double Tap , 1998; Three Kings , 1999; Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters’ First 100 Years , 1999; Holiday Heart , 2000; Ali , 2001; The Assassination of Richard Nixon , 2004; After the Sunset , 2004; Fatwa , 2005.

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