The Wire’s ‘Prop Joe’ Dead At 52

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A well-known actor and a staple of the Baltimore theater community has passed away.

Robert Chew died Friday at the age of 52.

Chew was best known for his role as the drug kingpin “Proposition Joe” on HBO’s The Wire. He also appeared in Homicide: Life on the Streets.

Chew was a fixture at Arena Players and worked tirelessly with young actors.

He died in his sleep from apparent heart failure.


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