‘OITNB” Actor Brad William Henke Dead at Age 56: 5 Things to Know

A stunning loss. Orange Is the New Black alum Brad William Henke has died. He was 56.

“Brad was an extremely variety man of joyous power,” Henke’s supervisor, Matt DelPiano, stated in a press release to TMZ on Thursday, December 1. “A really proficient actor, he beloved being part of this group….and we beloved him again. Our ideas are together with his spouse and household.”

Based on Deadline, Henke died in his sleep on Tuesday, November 29. A reason behind loss of life has not but been revealed.

Born in April 1966, Henke attended faculty on the College of Arizona on a soccer scholarship earlier than getting drafted into the NFL in 1989, enjoying for the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. After sustaining accidents that pressured him to retire from skilled soccer 1994, he moved to Los Angles and started an in depth profession in appearing by touchdown visitor spots on exhibits like Chicago Hope, ER and The Pretender.

In 2001, Henke scored his first lead half on Showtime’s Going to California earlier than showing as a recurring character on Justified, Misplaced, October Highway and Dexter.

The Nebraska native’s most notable function, nevertheless, was corrections officer Desi Piscatella in seasons 4 and 5 of Orange Is the New Black. In 2017, he shared a SAG award for excellent efficiency by an ensemble in a comedy sequence. The forged was nominated once more the next yr.

Three years later, Henke starred as Tom Cullen on the long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s novel The Standwhich sees a world decimated by plague and embroiled in an elemental wrestle between good and evil.

“It’s Stephen King’s favourite novel that he’s written and so which means rather a lot,” he informed Inform-Story TV on the time. “It was the perfect expertise I’ve had in appearing to date in my entire profession. I haven’t had very many alternatives in my profession the place I’ve been supplied this job three months earlier than it begins. So many occasions, it’s good earlier than it begins. So I had a lot extra time to work on it and put together and simply give it some thought, dream about it.”

Outdoors of the small display, the previous skilled athlete made appearances in a number of blockbusters like 2005’s Should Love Canine, 2013’s Pacific Rim and Cut up in 2016.

Henke’s newest on-screen roles included Discovery’s Manhunt and Legislation & Order: SVU in 2020 and the 2022 movies Block Get together and Run & Gun.

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

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