Williams, who portrayed gay Omar Little on the cult show, admits he became addicted to drugs in 2004 and spent much of his time on The Wire â€œplaying with fireâ€.
He tells the New Jersey Star Ledger newspaper, â€œIt was just a matter of time before I got caught and my business ended up on the cover of a tabloid or I went to jail or, worse, I ended up dead.
â€œWhen I look back on it now, I donâ€™t know how I didnâ€™t end up in a body bag.
â€œEventually, I got so sick and tired of this charade. No one who was in my circle, who knew me as Mike, was allowing me to get high. I had to slip away to do drugs. I had to hide it. Iâ€™d be gone for days at a time. I was lonely in that part of my life. I was broke, broken and beat up. Exhausted. Empty.â€
Williams, who currently plays Boardwalk Empireâ€™s Chalky White, insists heâ€™s clean and sober now: â€œI finally said, â€˜I canâ€™t do this no more.â€™ I didnâ€™t want to end up dead.â€