Brad William Henke, a former professional soccer participant who later moved on to a prolific performing profession, has died. He was 56.

His supervisor, Matt DelPiano, confirmed to The Post that Henke died in his sleep on Nov. 29, however didn’t give a reason behind dying.

“Brad was an extremely variety man of joyous power. A really gifted actor, he beloved being part of this neighborhood … and we beloved him again. Our ideas are along with his spouse and household,” DelPiano mentioned in an announcement.

Henke’s most well-known function got here when he portrayed homosexual corrections officer Desi Piscatella in the Netflix hit “Orange Is the New Black.” That function gained made him standing as a intercourse image in the bear neighborhood — a sub-section of the homosexual neighborhood that loves a bigger and hairier man.

Henke embraced the recognition, telling Out in 2016: “I imply, I really feel honored. I really feel superior. It’s such a praise. Who wouldn’t need individuals to search out them enticing? Piscatella is sort of a nasty character in some methods however the response that I’ve gotten is that they like the indisputable fact that he’s actual.”

Henke was born in Columbus, Nebraska, and raised in Littleton, Colorado. Henke performed faculty soccer at the University of Arizona and was drafted by the New York Giants in 1989 earlier than happening to play on the line of defense for the Denver Broncos, together with at 1990’s Super Bowl XXIV versus that 12 months’s winner, the San Francisco 49ers.

He retired from the league in 1994 as a result of ankle accidents and moved to Los Angeles to pursue teaching — however discovered a brand new profession in performing.

Brad William Henke attends the Entertainment Weekly hosts celebration honoring nominees for The Screen Actors Guild Awards held on January 20, 2018.
Brad William Henke attends an occasion honoring nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 20, 2018.

That journey began when his professional soccer buddy alerted him to a industrial casting searching for actors to painting soccer gamers.

“I booked the first industrial I ever went out for,” he told Looper in 2021. “It was for Hungry Hunter eating places. I booked this factor and I shot it and it took half a day. I assumed, ‘Oh, that’s straightforward.’ But once I was strolling in, I noticed this older man that I had seen at the callback, so I assume that they had employed us each in case I crashed and burned. I used to be so oblivious.”

“I sort of remorse not beginning performing sooner,” Henke told The Tucson Citizen again in 1998. “But I believe my life experiences earlier than I discovered my calling have actually helped me. I’m constructing my profession on my own, alone deserves, not for what I did on the soccer area.”

Brad William Henke and Quincy Chad in "Orange Is the New Black" in 2016.
Brad William Henke and Quincy Chad in “Orange Is the New Black” in 2016.
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His most up-to-date tv function was in an April 2022 episode of “Law & Order: SVU,” through which he performed a police captain. His prolific profession totaled greater than 100 performing credit, with roles in TV reveals together with “The Stand,” “MacGyver,” “ER,” “Chicago Hope,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Nash Bridges,” “Arli$$,” “The Bridge,” “Justified,” “Shameless,” Sneaky Pete,” “CSI: Miami,” “Dexter,” “Crossing Jordan,” The Office” and “Judging Amy.”

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Brad William Henke seems in a Season 5 episode of “Orange Is the New Black.” His reason behind dying has not been launched.
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Henke appeared in a number of motion pictures throughout his profession, together with “The Assassination of Richard Nixon,” “Me and You and Everyone We Know,” “Must Love Dogs,” “The Zodiac,” “North Country,” “World Trade Center” and “Hollywoodland.”

This 12 months’s film “Black Party” was his final performing credit score.

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