Famous theater and film actor Anthony Chisholm has died at the age of 77.
His talent management company confirmed the news on a social media post. The cause of death is not immediately known.
“The Katz Company is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime friend and client Tony-Nominee, Anthony Chisholm,” read on Instagram Friday night.
“Affectionately called ‘Chiz’, he was an actor and storyteller like no other, embodying loyalty, dedication and compassion for his art. We lost a great one today.”
According to Broadway World, Chisholm was last seen on Broadway during the 2017 Tony cover of August Wilson’s “Jitney”, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson.
In 2007, he won a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in August Wilson’s “Radio Golf”.
A “unwavering distiller of touching characters,” Chisholm was “August Wilson’s quintessential actor,” according to Peter Marks, the Washington Post’s chief theater critic.
He was born on April 9, 1943 in Cleveland and in the 1960s he was drafted into the United States Army. His experiences in Vietnam then inspired the HBO television series “Vietnam War Story”, which premiered in 1987.
Returning from the war, Chisholm began working as a stage actor in Ohio, and soon he would make his film debut in the 1968 drama “Uptight”, directed by Jules Dassin.
He went on to appear in a number of films in the following decades, including “Cotton Comes to Harlem” in 1970, “Reign Over Me” in 2007, “13” in 2010 and Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” in 2015. .
He has also been a main cast for the last three seasons of HBO’s groundbreaking prison drama “Oz”.
Chisholm has received the NAACP Theater Award, the AUDELCO Award, the Ovation Award and the Independent Reviewers of New England Award.
He is survived by his son, Alexander, and his daughter, Che, as well as his son-in-law Peter and his grandchildren Ravi and Avani.
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