Melvin Williams Dies; The Wire Actor Was 73

Melvin Williams Dies; The Wire Actor Was 73

In his youth, Melvin Williams was a West Baltimore drug lord who served two nearly decades in prison after being arrested in a sting operation organized by homicide detective Ed Burns in 1984.

Many years later, when Burns was co-creating the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, he used Williams as the inspiration for ruthless kingpin Avon Barksdale - and he showed his gratitude to Williams by casting him as one of the show's most sympathetic characters:

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David Canary Dies; All My Children Star Was 77 Years Old

David Canary Dies; All My Children Star Was 77

The soap opera universe has lost a legend.

David Canary, who won five Daytime Emmy Awards for portraying twins Adam and Stuart Chandler on All My Children, died on November 16 of natural causes, it was confirmed today.

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