Dick Anthony Williams was an American actor born August 9, 1934 in Chicago. He is a television, film, and stage actor. He won a Drama Desk Award in 1974 for the play What the Wine-Sellers Buy. He also got a Tony Award nomination for the same role. In the following year he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Dram Desk Award for his role in the play Black Picture Show. During the 1970s he also appeared in many blaxploitation movies such as The Mack with Richard Pryor. Williams co-founded the New Federal Theater in New York. It was a free training ground for actors and playwrights. Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Samuel L. Jackson are just a few of the actors who appeared with this group, which is still in existence after 40 years. Williams received much praise for his portrayal of Malcolm X in the mini-series about Dr. Martin Luther King. Dick Anthony Williams died Feb 16, 2012.