Michael Kenneth Williams an Actor best known for his portrayal of Omar Little on the HBO drama series The Wire. Now on HBO's Boardwalk Empire as Albert "Chalky" White – a powerful racketeer and the unofficial leader of the African-American community in Atlantic City.
How Real is Chalky White?
In a word, not very. There may be some basis as... Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire) alludes to the fact that the character is based on a boxer. One would have to think that was "Chalky" Wright, a boxer who fought 200+ matches in a long career that spanned through the 20s, 30s and 40s. However, Wright fought few matches in New Jersey and once fought a match as "Chalky White," probably due to a clerical error.
Wright fought out of California, primarily Los Angeles and San Bernadino in the 1920s, so the HBO character seems like a pretty loose interpretation if this is who it is based on. He fought often enough that his involvement in bootlegging was probably peripheral (hired muscle), if anything.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
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