Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated NFL player Brad William Henke, who played a gay corrections officer on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, has died. he was 56 years old.
The former defensive lineman “passed away peacefully in his sleep” on Tuesday, his agent Sherry Cohen said Friday.
“Brad was such a wonderful, kind person and had a real passion for acting.At this time, our thoughts are with his wife and family,” Cohen said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. rice field.
Henke, who has starred in over 40 films, was born in Columbus, Nebraska and raised in Littleton, Colorado. He won a scholarship at the University of Arizona, played his college football, was an outstanding defensive lineman, captain of his team, and an all-academic student journalist, his agent said. In 1989, he was drafted by the New York Giants and turned professional. He later played for the Broncos in Denver, and San Francisco.
Henke retired from the game in 1994 after a series of injuries, but quickly transitioned to an acting career after moving to LA to become a coach. Here, he answered a public call for commercials looking for “big shots,” then began working in theater, producing 1990s productions such as “Chicago Hope,” “Silk Stalking,” “Nash Bridges,” and “ER.” Steadily booked work for several TV series. He also appeared as a catcher in the 1996 hybrid anime Space Jam.
The actor had long-running roles in drama series such as ABC series ‘October Road’ and ‘Lost’, FX’s ‘Justified’, Showtime’s ‘Going to California’ and WB’s sitcom ‘Nikki’.
In 2000, he opened an acting studio in Los Angeles where he is credited with guiding the careers of hundreds of actors.
“Always willing to help struggling artists, Henke created showcases, called agents for his students, and made up-and-coming films that turned into feature films like Short Term 12 and Willy’s Wonderland. He was lending his acting skills to producers,” his agent said.
His most notable role, however, was that of Desi Piscatella in Netflix’s groundbreaking original comedy. Henke starred in 26 episodes in his last three seasons of this Emmy and SAG Award-winning comedy.
“Brad Henke was an incredibly kind person with a joyful energy. A very talented actor and he loved being part of this community…and I We loved him. Our thoughts are with his wife and family,” his manager Matt Delpiano wrote Thursday. Instagram.
Henke is survived by his mother Tammy. his sister Annette; his wife, Sonya; his son-in-law, Arden; Stepdaughter, Lisa. and his grandson Amira.