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Mykelti Williamson Biography

Birth Place:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Fast Facts

  • At 13, performed on Soul Train with the Lockers, a dance troupe that also included Fred Berry (who went on to play Rerun on What's Happening!!)
  • Landed his first professional acting audition, which was for a guest role on Starsky & Hutch in an episode entitled "Black and Blue
  • " Appeared on Hill Street Blues as Officer Ron Garfield for three seasons
  • Gained weight and wore prosthetic lips for his breakout role as Bubba in 1994's Forrest Gump
  • Reunited with his Forrest Gump costar Gary Sinise during a series of guest-starring spots on CSI: NY starting in 2007
  • Appeared on a 2010 episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories to tell his tale of a mysterious phone call he received in the early 1980s


  • 2016Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Jerry Williamson -- Brother
  • Maya Williamson -- Daughter
  • Nicole Skye Williamson -- Daughter
  • Phoenix Williamson -- Daughter
  • Cheryl Chisholm -- Ex-wife
  • Olivia Brown -- Ex-wife
  • Elaine Marshall -- Mother
  • Jacqueline Williamson -- Sister
  • Booker T. Marshall -- Stepfather
  • Sondra Spriggs -- Wife