Tony-nominated actor Anthony Chisholm, known for his work in venerated playwright August Wilson’s final installment of the “Pittsburgh Cycle,” has died, his talent management company confirmed. He was 77.
“The Katz Company is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime friend and client, Tony-Nominee, Anthony Chisholm,” president Jeremy Katz said. “Affectionately called ‘Chiz,’ he was an actor and storyteller like none-other, embodying loyalty, devotion, and compassion to his artistry.”
Chisholm met Wilson in 1990 while auditioning for “Two Trains Running,” and was cast in the role of Wolf, which paved the way for a lifelong collaboration between the two. After appearing in the first run of the play at Yale Repertory Theatre, he went on a cross-country tour with the production to various theaters including Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Los Angeles’ Doolittle Theatre and the Kennedy Center. Chisholm later reprised the role in the Broadway production in 1992. Four years later, he became part of the main cast for Wilson’s “Jitney,” which appeared off-Broadway at New York City’s Second Stage Theatre in 2000.
In addition to his stage roles, Chisholm depicted prisoner Burr Redding in the HBO crime drama series “Oz.” He also appeared in numerous television shows and films including “Going in Style,” alongside Morgan Freeman, Christopher Lloyd and Michael Caine, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” “Premium Rush” and “Beloved,” a movie adaptation of Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel. His television credits include “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” “Random Acts of Flyness,” “High Maintenance,” “Shades of Blue,” and “New York Undercover,” among other series.
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SOURCE: Variety, Natalie Oganesyan