Anthony Chisholm, a stage, television and film actor, has died, The Katz Company revealed on Friday. He was 77. His film credits include Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq,’ while on TV he appeared in ‘High Maintenance’ and ‘Law and Order: SVU.’
Best known for his roles onstage, Anthony often appeared in the work of legendary playwright August Wilson and earned his Tony nomination for his supporting role in the 2007 original Broadway production of August’s last play, “Radio Golf”.
He previously appeared in the original Broadway casts of August’s works “Two Trains Running” in 1993 and “Gem of the Ocean” in 2004 and he acted in the original Broadway cast of August’s “Jitney” – which first ran in Pittsburgh in the 1980s.
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The Katz Company is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime friend and client, Tony-Nominee, Anthony Chisholm. Affectionately called ‘Chiz,’ he was an actor and storyteller like none-other, embodying loyalty, devotion, and compassion to his artistry. We lost a great one today. #restinpower #anthonychisholm #chiz #teamkatz #thekatzcompany #tkc
In addition to his stage work, Anthony spent three seasons on the prison drama “Oz”, playing inmate Burr Redding who is serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
Throughout his celebrated career, the star also received nominations for the Drama Desk Awards, Drama League Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Ovation Award, NAACP Theatre Awards, and AUDELCO Award.
Several celebrities posted tributes to Chisholm, sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Rest In Paradise Anthony Chisholm.
Oh man!! Why did I think you would live forever? Love you Anthony….The acting world will miss your wisdom, your immense talent, your generosity. You were a survivor. Goodnight King. Sleep well. You earned it. ?#RIPAnthonyChisholm pic.twitter.com/E3OhM1K109
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) October 17, 2020
This dude was one of my faves. And undeniably one of the best. Rest In Peace, Anthony Chisholm. https://t.co/2Z6nRbVP4J
— William Jackson Harper (@dubjackharper) October 17, 2020
Anthony Chisholm gave two of the defining performances of our generation: “Fielding” in Jitney and “Citizen Barlow” in Gem Of The Ocean. A member of the unofficial August Wilson repertory company of actors, he introduced the world to the work of this legendary playwright. https://t.co/DuGTII1FXS
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) October 17, 2020
Anthony Chisholm. I’m heartbroken.
— LaChanze (@laChanze) October 17, 2020
Thank you for lending earth the legendary #AnthonyChisholm ? ?
Journey triumphantly sir…..??
— Aisha Hinds (@AishaHinds) October 17, 2020
I worked with Anthony Chisholm on Jitney (with August Wilson) and he always brought the same intensity to his character that he did in all his work. My he Rest In Peace ??
— Keesha Sharp (@keeshasharp) October 17, 2020
An amazing actor and an amazing presence. Grateful to have witnessed his work. Rest peacefully, Anthony. https://t.co/nELm9N1aeW
— Susan Kelechi Watson (@skelechiwatson) October 17, 2020