Tony nominee Anthony Chisholm who starred on stage in August Wilson’s Radio Golf and on-screen in Spike Lee’s Chi-raq has died at the age of 77.
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The news was revealed by The Katz Company, his talent agency, on social media.
“Affectionately called ‘Chiz,’ he was an actor and storyteller like none-other, embodying loyalty, devotion, and compassion to his artistry. We lost a great one today,” stated the caption.
Chisholm was born in Cleveland, Ohio on April 9, 1943. According to his biography on The History Makers, he served in the U.S. Army as a platoon leader for the 4th Armored Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division during the Vietnam War after being drafted. When he returned home from war, he got right to work on stage. He performed in two plays in his hometown, The Boys From Syracuse and The Threepenny Opera, and in 1968, made his film debut in Uptight.
Throughout his career, he delivered on both stage and screen. Chisholm’s television and movie credits include Premium Rush, Coalition, Dream Street, Law and Order: SVU, High Maintenance, and Chi-Raq.
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Actress Viola Davis shared a heartfelt Instagram post in memory of the actor.
“Oh man!! Why did I think you would live forever? Love you Anthony….The acting world will miss your wisdom, your immense talent, your generosity. You were a survivor. Goodnight King. Sleep well. You earned it,” the How To Get Away With Murder star posted.
Chisholm received the NAACP Theatre Award, the AUDELCO Award, the Ovation Award, and the I.R.N.E. Award throughout his career. He received a Tony nomination for playing Elder Joseph Barlow in the August Wilson play Radio Golf, the last of the ten plays in Wilson’s renowned Pittsburgh series. He is survived by his son, Alexander Chisholm, his daughter Che Chisholm, his son-in-law, Peter Vietro-Hannum, and two grandchildren, Ravi and Avani Vietro.