Actor Robert F. Chew, Who Played Proposition Joe On HBO's 'The Wire' Dead At Age 52


Actor Robert F. Chew, who is best known for playing the memorable character Proposition Joe on the HBO series The Wire has died at the age of 52.


Chew was found dead in his Baltimore apartment on Thursday. The cause of death was heart failure according to the Baltimore Sun.


Jamie Hector, the actor who played Marlo Stanfield on the show tweeted about Chew's death earlier today.



"Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore,” David Simon, creator of ‘The Wire’ said in an to The Baltimore Sun on Friday. “He could have gone to New York or Los Angeles and commanded a lot more work, but he loved the city as his home and chose to remain here working.  He understood so much about his craft that it was no surprise at all that we would go to him to coach our young actors in season four.  He was the conduit through which they internalized their remarkable performances."



Chew described Proposition Joe in a 2006 interview with The Baltimore Sun  by saying, “If you are thinking of ‘The Wire’ as a western, Joe would be the guy in town who owns  all the land…. And he’s trying to make sure he has everything arranged so that the town runs the way he wants it to run – so that it runs for his profit. He’s always calculating that way."


Rest is peace Robert F. Chew.




The Wire Clip: Omar pays a visit to Prop Joe's shop

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Comment by Young Steff on January 21, 2013 at 9:22am
That showwas the best show ive seen in years. Actually wish there were more seasons. His character was one of my favorites in the show. REST WELL!
Comment by young O 2008 on January 19, 2013 at 6:43pm
Damn man, its been 3 weeks ago since i started watching the wire, im at season 5 and i was ready to play an episode when i see this. This is sad man R.I.P
Comment by A.R.A.B on January 19, 2013 at 9:13am
damn first chris and snoop got him ,,, then heart failure ,,, RIP
Comment by Duke on January 19, 2013 at 8:06am
miss that show. RIP
Comment by 1THUG aka Tha NYCHA LEGEND!! on January 18, 2013 at 10:54pm
Damm... omar finally got him!!
Comment by Gutta on January 18, 2013 at 7:49pm
R.I.P. Brother
Comment by Jededia Milachi Lebowitz on January 18, 2013 at 6:50pm
I got a proposition for prop joe
Comment by carlito's way on January 18, 2013 at 6:22pm
Comment by Serious on January 18, 2013 at 6:19pm
Man they should of came out with season 6. They f***** it up. He was a major character. God Bless him

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