Brad William Henke Death Actor In ‘Orange Is the New Black’ And ‘Justified’ And Former Football Pro, Dies At 56

Brad William Henke Death: Brad The former NFL player William Henke, best remembered for playing prison guard Desi Piscatella in “Orange Is the New Black,” has passed away. He was 56. An agent stated that the actor passed away on Tuesday, although no cause of death was given.

Henke played Desi Piscatella, a gay prison officer at Litchfield Penitentiary who acted as the show’s primary adversary in seasons four and five of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black.” In 2017, he and another actor shared a SAG Award for the best ensemble performance in a comedy series.

He starred in the one-season television drama “Going to California,” where he played Coover Bennett, and he also had recurring parts on the shows “Justified,” “Lost,” “October Road,” “Nikki,” and “Dexter.”

Henke, a 1966 Columbus, Nebraska, native who captained his team while playing college football at the University of Arizona, was born on April 10. He participated in Super Bowl XXIV in 1990 as a defensive lineman for the Denver Broncos against the San Francisco 49ers.

He started an acting career after suffering injuries that prompted him to give up playing professional football in 1994. He appeared in guest roles on shows like “Chicago Hope,” “Silk Stockings,” “ER,” “Michael Hayes,” “Arli$$,” and “The Pretender.”
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Later, he appeared as a guest on several television shows, including “Law & Order,” “Life on Mars,” “Trust Me,” “Party Down,” “Royal Pains,” “Criminal Minds,” “Shameless,” “Grimm,” “Bones,” and “Castle.” “The Bridge,” “The Stand,” “Manhunt,” “The Office,” and “The Chicago Code” are a few further TV credits.

Henke has acted in some films, including “Split,” “Pee-Big wee’s Holiday,” “Pure Love,” “Draft Day,” “Pacific Rim,” “The Frozen Ground,” “Jobs,” “I Am Not a Hipster,” “Magic Valley,” “The Space Between,” “Choke,” “Must Love Dogs,” and “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

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