Williamson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on March 4, 1960. His name
is pronounced 'Michael Tee' and is Native American (Blackfeet), meaning
'Silent Friend'. As a child in Memphis, Tennessee, he began acting in
church theatre. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 15, he
acting in high school and became a semi-regular on the TV series, "Hill
Street Blues", in 1983. His many film credits include "Streets of
"Wildcats", "Free Willy", "Heat", "Con Air", "Primary Colors", "Three
and "Ali". He is probably best known for his portrayal of 'Bubba' in
Gump". Mykelti is married and has three daughters - Phoenix, Nicole
and Maya River.
Mykelti received an NAACP Image Award nomination in the Best Actor in a
Drama Series category for his role as Detective Bobby 'Fearless' Smith.
Bobby 'Fearless' Smith is a dedicated, well-respected police officer.
But, beneath his easy-going demeanor he hides a traumatic childhood
which he only recently came to terms with. A veteran of the Gulf War,
returned home with a fatalist attitude and a list of 100 things he
to do before he dies, because at the end of his life he doesn't want
regrets. He lives alone in a motel but has developed a relationship
Katrina, a Russian emigree with a young daughter.
Mykelti describes Fearless:
"They call him 'Fearless'... Deep
down inside, he lives with this haunting
fear of 'Run as fast as you can to get it all in before it's over.'"
"The beauty of the character is that the man knows life is fragile."