Tony-nominated actor Anthony Chisholm, identified for his work in commemorated playwright August Wilson’s closing installment of the “Pittsburgh Cycle,” has died, his expertise administration firm confirmed. He was 77.
“The Katz Firm is saddened to announce the passing of our longtime good friend and consumer, Tony-Nominee, Anthony Chisholm,” president Jeremy Katz stated. “Affectionately referred to as ‘Chiz,’ he was an actor and storyteller like none-other, embodying loyalty, devotion, and compassion to his artistry.”
Chisholm met Wilson in 1990 whereas auditioning for “Two Trains Working,” and was forged within the function of Wolf, which paved the best way for a lifelong collaboration between the 2. After showing within the first run of the play at Yale Repertory Theatre, he went on a cross-country tour with the manufacturing to varied theaters together with Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Los Angeles’ Doolittle Theatre and the Kennedy Middle. Chisholm later reprised the function within the Broadway manufacturing in 1992. 4 years later, he turned a part of the principal forged for Wilson’s “Jitney,” which appeared off-Broadway at New York Metropolis’s Second Stage Theatre in 2000.
Along with his stage roles, Chisholm depicted prisoner Burr Redding within the HBO crime drama collection “Oz.” He additionally appeared in quite a few tv exhibits and movies together with “Getting in Type,” alongside Morgan Freeman, Christopher Lloyd and Michael Caine, Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq,” “Premium Rush” and “Beloved,” a film adaptation of Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel. His tv credit embody “Wu-Tang: An American Saga,” “Random Acts of Flyness,” “Excessive Upkeep,” “Shades of Blue,” and “New York Undercover,” amongst different collection.
In 2004, Chisholm acted in Wilson’s “Gem of the Ocean,” alongside Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and John Earl Jelks. Starting in 2007, Chisholm performed Elder Joseph Barlow within the closing installment of Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” — his 10-part play collection tracing the Black American expertise by way of every decade of the twentieth century — “Radio Golf.” He garnered a Tony award nomination for his portrayal.
Chisholm returned to Broadway in Manhattan Theatre Membership’s 2017 Broadway revival of “Jitney,” directed by Santiago-Hudson, which received the Tony Award for Finest Revival of a Play. He remained with the manufacturing on its nationwide tour, which ran from September 2019 by way of February 2020.
Previous to his performing profession, Chisholm was drafted by the USA Military and served as a platoon chief within the Vietnam Conflict. Upon his return, he carried out in George Abbott’s musical “The Boys from Syracuse” and “The Threepenny Opera” at his hometown in Cleveland, Ohio.
Chisholm appeared in a number of movies within the late Sixties and early Nineteen Seventies, together with his debut in 1968’s “Uptight.” In 1987, Chisholm’s Vietnam Conflict experiences served because the inspiration for the HBO anthology collection “Vietnam Conflict Story.” He additionally joined the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theater Firm.
All through his profession, he acquired the NAACP Theatre Award, AUDELCO Award, Ovation Award, and IRNE Award.
Chisholm is survived by his son Alexander, his daughter Che, his son-in-law Peter Vietro-Hannum and grandchildren, Ravi and Avani.