‘Orange Is the New Black’ actor Brad William Henke dies

Brad William Henke, an NFL participant who later earned a Display Actors Guild Award nomination for enjoying a homosexual corrections officer within the Netflix collection “Orange Is the New Black,” has died. He was 56.

The previous defensive lineman “died peacefully in his sleep” on Tuesday, his agent, Sheree Cohen, mentioned Friday. No explanation for demise was offered.

“Brad was such a wonderful, kind person and had a true passion for acting. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this time,” Cohen mentioned in a press release to The Instances.

Henke, who appeared in additional than 40 movies, was born in Columbus, Neb.., and raised in Littleton, Colo. He performed faculty soccer on a scholarship on the College of Arizona and was a standout defensive lineman, workforce captain and All-Educational scholar journalist, his agent mentioned. He went professional in 1989 when the New York Giants drafted him. He later performed for the Denver Broncos and made it to Tremendous Bowl XXIV in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, though his workforce was defeated 55–10 throughout the 1990 match-up.

Henke retired from the sport in 1994 after repeated accidents, however swiftly transitioned to a profession in appearing after transferring to L.A. to turn out to be a coach. Right here, he answered an open name for a industrial on the lookout for “big guys,” then started working in theater and steadily booked work on a number of Nineteen Nineties TV collection, together with “Chicago Hope,” “Silk Stalkings,” “Nash Bridges” and “ER.” He additionally appeared as a catcher within the 1996 animation hybrid “Space Jam.”

The actor had longer stints in drama collection together with the ABC collection “October Road” and “Lost,” FX’s “Justified,” “Going to California” on Showtime and the sitcom “Nikki” on the WB.

In 2000, he opened an appearing studio in Los Angeles the place he’s credited with guiding the careers of lots of of actors.

“Always attempting to aid struggling artists, Henke would produce showcases, call agents for his students and lend his acting abilities to up-and-coming filmmakers in shorts that would become features, including ‘Short Term 12′ and ‘Willy’s Wonderland,’” his agent mentioned.

Nevertheless, his most notable position was that of Desi Piscatella in Netflix’s groundbreaking unique comedy. Henke appeared in 26 episodes throughout the Emmy and SAG Award-winning comedy’s final three seasons.

“Brad Henke was an incredibly kind man of joyous energy. A very talented actor, he loved being a part of this community … and we loved him back. Our thoughts are with his wife and family,” his supervisor Matt DelPiano wrote Thursday on Instagram.

Henke is survived by his mom, Tammy; his sister Annette; his spouse, Sonja; his stepson, Aaden; stepdaughter, Leasa; and grandchild, Amirah.