Before causing audiences to shudder in fear as a sadistic guard on Prison Break, this imposing character actor made his name doing Shakespeare plays and musicals. A classically trained performer and singer who appeared both regionally and on Broadway, Williams began landing TV guest spots (usually as bad guys) in the late '90s and upped his profile with a recurring role as a curmudgeonly priest on the sitcom Bernie Mac. Off screen, he's an affable, fiddle-playing family man, the antithesis of his seminal character. Williams is such the family man that he initially considered passing up the audition to play Brad Bellick on Prison Break because he didn't want his young daughter seeing him in such a harsh light. His agent convinced him to go out for the role, and he was featured on all four seasons of the series. After Prison Break ended, Williams kept up his TV profile with guest appearances on a number of popular series, including Criminal Minds, Monk and Bones.
- Birth Name: Wade Andrew Williams
- Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
- Profession: Actor
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