Broadway star Anthony Chisholm, who starred in Oz and in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq dies at age 77
Broadway star Anthony Chisholm, who also starred in the HBO drama Oz and in Spike Lee̵
Tony-nominated management firm The Katz Company broke the news last Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He spent three seasons in the prison drama Oz playing the inmate Burr Redding, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
Dear Departure: Broadway star Anthony Chisholm, who also starred in the HBO drama Oz and in Spike Lee’s film Chi-Raq, has died at the age of 77; pictured in 2016
Although he often worked on screen, Anthony was mostly known as a stage star, often featured in the work of legendary playwright August Wilson.
He received his Tony nomination for his support of the original Broadway production in 2007 of August’s last piece of Radio Golf.
Anthony had previously appeared in the original Broadway cast 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 in August’s play Jitney, which first ran in Pittsburgh in the 1980s.
In Character: He spent three seasons in the prison drama Oz playing the inmate Burr Redding, who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder
The actor and playwright became personal friends, and Anthony was a pallet bearer at August’s funeral in 2005, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Anthony was born in Cleveland and absorbed his appreciation of art from his mother, who had unfulfilled dreams of her own.
‘My mothers, rest her soul, was an unpublished writer and wrote much poetry. She taught me as a toddler to appreciate the spoken word, ‘he told Broadway World as he promoted his Broadway run in Jitney.
Throwback: Just three years ago, he starred in the original Broadway cast in August’s play Jitney, which first ran in Pittsburgh in the 1980s; he is pictured at the opening night after the party
Before his theatrical career, his draft number came up and he was unpacked to Vietnam, where he was a division leader in the Army, according to The History Makers.
After returning to America, he starred in the New York Negro Ensemble Company with Mary Alice, who continued to star in the NBC sitcom A Different World.
Although his first Broadway concert was Two Trains Running, he worked extensively in the theater before then in various cities across the country.
In his hometown shortly after his time in Vietnam, he starred in Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera as well as Rodgers and Hart’s The Boys From Syracuse.
Throwback: Although he often worked on screen, Anthony was mostly known as a stage star, often starring in the work of legendary playwright August Wilson; pictured in 2017
He also starred in films that began with a role in the 1968 film Uptight directed by Jules Dassin and co-written by Ruby Dee.
Anthony also starred in the 2007 film Reign Over Me with Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler as well as Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq in 2015.
His roles included the comedy film Going In Style, which was directed by Zach Braff and started by Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret.
Anthony’s last film released before his death was The Dark Side Of The Street written and directed by debutant Kevin Tran.