Anthony Chisholm dead at 77 – Actor and veteran of the “Oz” scene


Anthony Chisholm, the actor who played Burr Redding in the HBO prison drama Oz, died at the age of 77. Although no cause of death was immediately indicated, his death was confirmed by the Katz company.

Best known for his recurring work on OzThe last three seasons of Chisholm starred in a total of 23 episodes from 2001 to 2003. His other TV credits include Law and order: SVU, High maintenance, Random acts of theft, Pirates and last year’s Hulu drama Wu-Tang: an American saga.

Chisholm was a prolific stage veteran who frequently collaborated with playwright August Wilson. He played the role of Wolf in the original Wilson series Two trains running, who made his Yale Repertory debut in 1990 and Broadway in 1992. He also appeared in Wilson’s Jitney and the first series of Gem of the ocean and Radio Golf, the latter of which earned Chisholm a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 2007.

In 2017, he returned to Broadway for the rebirth of Jitney, which ultimately won the Tony for Best Revival in a Piece. He continued to perform on the nationwide production tour which ran from September 2019 to February 2020.

Other notable credits include the cult classic Putney Swope, Jonathan Demme’s Beloved et Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq.

The actor is survived by his son, Alexander Chisholm, his daughter, Che Chisholm and her husband, as well as his two grandchildren.


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