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  •  RIP, Robert F. Chew (Prop Joe on "The Wire")... (13+ / 0-)


    Robert F. Chew, a 52-year-old Baltimore actor and teacher who portrayed one of television's most unforgettable characters as Proposition Joe on HBO's "The Wire," died Thursday of apparent heart failure in his sleep at his home in Northeast Baltimore, according to Clarice Chew, his sister.

    Mr. Chew, who appeared in "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "The Corner," as well as "The Wire," also taught and mentored child and young adult actors at Baltimore's Arena Players, a troupe he stayed with as his television career blossomed in David Simon HBO series. Through his work at the Arena Players Youth Theatre, he brought new talent to the attention of casting directors and coached the team of young actors who played students in the Baltimore City School system in Season 4 of "The Wire."

    - Baltimore Sun

    •  One Of The Most Memorable..... (9+ / 0-)

      [Spoilers]

      His character probably has one of the most memorable deaths in the series, since it makes you hate Marlo's guts even more & Cheese for selling out his uncle.

      •  The guy who was the inspiration for Omar Little... (4+ / 0-)
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        died in December.

        Mr. Andrews was known for drug dealing and audacious robberies in West Baltimore in the 1970s and early '80s. In September 1986, he agreed to kill a drug dealer for a rival to support his heroin habit. It was his first murder. [...]

        Months later, he turned himself in to Edward Burns, a Baltimore homicide detective. In 1987, he was sentenced to life in prison.

        But Mr. Andrews's story was far from over. He kept in touch with Detective Burns, and through him met David Simon, a reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

        Mr. Burns and Mr. Simon went on to write the book "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood," an intimate account of a city devastated by drugs and violence. It was adapted for an Emmy-winning HBO mini-series that paved the way for "The Wire," which sprawled from the grimy streets to the halls of government in Baltimore.

        Drawn from Mr. Andrews's life, the character Omar Little was a thief who terrorized drug dealers. Mr. Andrews also wrote for the show and appeared as one of Omar's allies.

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