The Wire's Robert F. Chew Dead at 52

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Robert F. Chew DeadRobert F. Chew, best known as The Wire‘s Proposition Joe, died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep, The Baltimore Sun reports. He was 52.

Chew was a Baltimore actor and teacher who played the Eastside drug boss throughout the HBO drama’s five-season run.

His acting resume also included roles in NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street and the HBO miniseries The Corner. He most recently appeared in the forthcoming feature film Jamesy Boy.

Wire creator David Simon told the Sun Chew was “an exceptional actor” and “an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore.”

He added, “He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working… he was a fine and generous man.”

Comments (5)

  • I never saw him on anything but the Wire, but Prop Joe was one of my favorite characters. Best wishes to his friends and family.

    Comment by Cameron – January 18, 2013 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    Comment by bagladyboutique – January 18, 2013 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a great actor! Rest in Pace, Robert F. Chew.

    Comment by Mik – January 18, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • R.I.P. Joe.

    Comment by Lisa – January 18, 2013 05:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • One of mine favorite characters :(((((.
    Best regret from Serbia.
    We’ll Miss You.

    Comment by Cova – January 18, 2013 07:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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