Newark native Darnell “J.D.” Williams is an actor best known for his roles as Kenny Wangler in the HBO series Oz, Brodie Broadus in the HBO series The Wire, and Froggy in the Paramount Pictures film Pootie Tang. With over 20 years of experience, Williams has worked on various television shows, movies, and commercials. At press time, he was starring on the Bounce TV soap opera Saints & Sinners playing Jabari Morris.

Williams attended Newark Arts High School and, in 2015, returned to Newark to offer free acting coaching workshops to the youth, working in conjunction with Mayor Ras Baraka, the City of Newark Municipal Council, and the Newark Youth One-Stop Career Center.