19 Jan

Farewell Prop-Joe: Actor Robert Chew Dies

The actor Robert Chew, who played the cunning and eloquent Baltimore drug boss Proposition Joe on HBO’s TV drama “The Wire”, has died of heart failure at 52. As well as his television and film work, Chew taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players. He also coached child performers playing Baltimore City School students in the fourth season of “The Wire.” Show creator David Simon emailed the Baltimore Sun to praise Chew, writing: “Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore… And apart from that, he was a fine and generous man.”

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