R.I.P. Robert F. Chew
By THE DEADLINE TEAM
Actor Robert F. Chew, best known for the character Proposition Joe he
played on HBOs The Wire, has died. Chew died Thursday at his home in
Baltimore of apparent heart failure. He was 52.
Chew broke into TV with a role in Homicide: Life on the Street and
appeared in the miniseries The Corner and the TV movie Something The
Lord Made. He also taught and mentored young actors at Baltimores
Arena Players, and he maintained his relationship with the troupe
after his career took off with David Simons HBO series. He introduced
new talent from the group to casting directors and coached young
actors who played students in the Baltimore City School system in
Season 4 of The Wire. Chew continued to teach in the Arena Players
Youth Theatre after The Wire ended production in 2007.
Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of
the film and theater community in Baltimore, Simon said today in an
email to The Baltimore Sun. 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. Simon added, Roberts
depiction of Proposition Joe was so fixed and complete from the very
earliest scenes that the writers took for granted that anything we
sent him would be finely executed.