Brad William Henke dead at 56: Former NFL player turned actor on Orange Is The New Black and Dexter ‘passed away in his sleep’ his family confirm
- The cause of his death was unclear as of Thursday
- Actor best known for appearing on Orange Is the New Black, Justified and Lost
- He played in the NFL for the Denver Broncos before trying acting
Actor and NFL alum Brad William Henke has died at the age of 56.
Henke’s family said that the actor – best known for appearing on shows such as Orange Is the New Black, Justified and Lost – passed away in his sleep November 28, according to Deadline. The cause of his death was unclear as of Thursday.
‘Brad was an incredibly kind man of joyous energy,’ his manager Matt DelPiano told TMZ. ‘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.’
The latest: Actor and NFL alum Brad William Henke has died at the age of 56. He was snapped in NYC in June of 2016
Henke, who also was in films such as Pacific Rim and World Trade Center, played college football at the University of Arizona and went on to be drafted by the New York Giants and play for the Denver Broncos.
Henke was born April 10, 1966 in Columbus, Nebraska, and grew up in Littleton, Colorado. Following his retirement from professional football in 1994, he moved to Los Angeles to further his coaching career, and began auditioning for acting roles.
He went on to act in more than 100 parts, initially appearing on TV shows including ER, Chicago Hope, Silk Stockings and Nash Bridges.
Henke’s first recurring role was on the WB series Nikki, starring Nikki Cox, from 2000-2002, in which he played the role of Thor.
Henke was seen on the red carpet at the 2018 SAG Awards in LA
The actor racked up more than 100 credits in his Hollywood career
Henke then went on to play the role of Henry ‘Hank’ Ungalow on the Showtime program Going to California from 2001-2002.
He went on to appear on shows such as CSI, Crossing Jordan and Judging Amy, and in films including The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Me and You and Everyone We Know, Must Love Dogs, The Zodiac, North Country, World Trade Center and Hollywoodland.
Henke in 2006 appeared on four episodes of the Showtime series Dexter portraying murder suspect Tony Tucci.
Henke played Desi Piscatella on 26 episodes of Orange Is the New Black from 2016–2018
Henke was seen at an event in NYC in support of the series in 2016
He went on to appear on the ABC show October Road in 2007. Henke made guest appearances on shows including CSI: Miami, Law & Order and Life on Mars ahead of receiving the role of Bram on the ABC series Lost, in which he appeared in six episodes of between 2009-2010.
Henke played the role of Desi Piscatella, a gay corrections officer, on 26 episodes of Orange Is the New Black from 2016-18. In 2017 and 2018, he had shared a cast SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Henke in 2020 appeared on the Discovery series Manhunt, and in 2020 and 2021 appeared on the CBS All Access show The Stand. Other recent roles were on Law & Order: SVU and in the movies Block Party and Run & Gun.
The actor is survived by his wife, Sonja, mother Tammy, sister Annette, stepchilden Aaden and Leasa and grandchild Amirah.
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