If, like me, you were a fan of The Wire, today is a very sad day.
Robert F. Chew, best known for playing Proposition Joe on HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire, died on Jan. 17, in his hometown of Baltimore. Chew died of apparent heart failure in his sleep. He was 52.
In addition to his work on five seasons of The Wire, which was set in Baltimore, Chew was a teacher and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players.
“Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore,” The Wire’s creator David Simon tells The Baltimore Sun.
Chew was brilliant in The Wire, and did a lot to help people in his hometown. Godspeed, Robert.