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Footballer-Actor Brad William Henke dies at 56

2022 Dec 02, 18:37, Los Angeles

Brad William Henke, known for his work in TV series such as 'Sneaky Pete' and 'Lost' passed away recently.

According to a report by Deadline, the 56-year-old actor's family revealed that he died in his sleep. However, no cause of death was given.

The 'Pacific Rim' actor was born in Columbus, Nebraska on April 10, 1966. He was the football team captain and an all-academic student at the University of Arizona. Subsequently, he began playing on the defensive line for the Denver Broncos team. He also played at the Super Bowl XXIV.

Brad William Henke, truly one of

the good guys. Great character actor & acting teacher & outstanding football player at my alum mater Univ Of Arizona. & pro football DenverBroncos. Died Nov 28 in his sleep. He was only 56. Rest In Paradise & Fly High. You will be missed.

— Brad Grunberg (@bradgrunberg) December 1, 2022

As per Deadline, the footballer turned to acting after moving to Los Angeles in 1994. Initially intending to pursue coaching, the 'Justified' actor landed numerous casting calls for commercials and eventually bagged guest spots in television series like 'Chicago Hopes', 'Silk Stockings' and 'Nash Bridges'.

Brad got his first recurring role in 2000-02's 'Nikki'. He also got his first lead role soon after, in the road-trip dramedy 'Going to California'.

The actor's manager, Matt DelPiano reminisced about the actor in an interview with E! Online.

"Brad 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." He said.

Brad was most renowned for his role of 'Desi Piscatella' in the TV series 'Orange Is the New Black', for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

He is survived by his mother, sister, wife, stepson, stepdaughter and grandchild.


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