Broadway star Anthony Chisholm, who also acted in the HBO drama Oz and Spike Lee’s movie Chi-Raq, has died at the age of 77.
The Katz Company, the Tony nominee ‘management firm, broke the news on Friday The Hollywood Reporter.
He spent three seasons in the prison drama Oz in which he played inmate Burr Redding, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
Dear departed: Broadway star Anthony Chisholm, who also acted in the HBO drama Oz and Spike Lee’s movie Chi-Raq, has passed away at the age of 77; pictured in 2016
Although he often worked on screen, Anthony was best known as a stage actress, often featured in the works of legendary playwright August Wilson.
He earned his Tony nomination for his support of the original 2007 Broadway production of August’s final piece of Radio Golf.
Anthony had previously appeared in the original Broadway casts of August’s works Two Trains Running in 1993 and Gem Of The Ocean in 2004.
Just three years ago, he starred in the original Broadway cast of August’s play Jitney, first seen in Pittsburgh in the 1980s.
In character: He spent three seasons in the prison drama Oz playing inmate Burr Redding, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder
The actor and playwright became personal friends, and Anthony was a dragon bearer at the August 2005 funeral, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Born in Cleveland, Anthony took in his appreciation for the arts from his mother, who herself had unfulfilled dreams.
My mothers, rest her soul, was an unpublished novelist and wrote a lot of poetry. She taught me how to appreciate the spoken word as a toddler, ”he said Broadway World while promoting his Broadway run in Jitney.
Throwback: Just three years ago, he starred in the original Broadway cast of August’s play Jitney, which first ran in Pittsburgh in the 1980s; he is depicted during the opening night after party
Before his theatrical career, his concept song came out and he was deported to Vietnam, where he was platoon leader in the army, per The History Makers.
After returning to America, he performed in the New York Negro Ensemble Company with Mary Alice, who played the lead role in the NBC sitcom A Different World.
Although his first Broadway performance was Two Trains Running, he previously worked extensively in the theater in various cities around the country.
Shortly after his stay in Vietnam, he played in Brecht and Weills The Threepenny Opera and in Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse in his own hometown.
Throwback: Although he often worked on screen, Anthony was best known as a stage actress, often in the works of legendary playwright August Wilson; pictured in 2017
He also starred in films starting with a role in the 1968 film Uptight, directed by Jules Dassin and co-written by Ruby Dee.
Anthony was also featured in the 2007 movie Reign Over Me starring Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler, as well as Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015.
His roles include the comedy film Going In Style which was directed by Zach Braff and which founded Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret.
Anthony’s last film to be released before his death was The Dark Side Of The Street, written and directed by debutant Kevin Tran.