Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, A Spike Lee Regular, Killed In Shooting

Written by on October 5, 2020

Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, identified for his roles in Spike Lee movies, has been shot and killed in Atlanta, police stated Sunday.

Police responded to a name round 1:45 a.m. Saturday and located the 70-year-old Byrd unresponsive with a number of gunshot wounds in his again, police spokesman Anthony Grant stated in an announcement.

Responding paramedics pronounced him useless on the scene on the town’s southwest aspect, the place he lived.

Grant stated murder detectives have been working to find out the circumstances surrounding the taking pictures and declined to offer additional particulars.

In an Instagram submit Sunday, Lee stated he was unhappy to announce Byrd’s dying and recalled how the actor “did his thang” in his movies together with “Clockers,” “Chi-Raq,” “Bamboozled,” “He Received Sport” and “Da Candy Blood of Jesus,” amongst others.

“Could all of us want condolences and blessings to his household,” Lee wrote. “Relaxation in peace, Brother Byrd.”

Lee additionally shared a few of his favourite scenes with Byrd from “Clockers” and “Bamboozled.”

Byrd, additionally a stage actor, was nominated in 2003 for a Tony for his efficiency within the Broadway revival of “Ma Rainey’s Black Backside,” co-starring Whoopi Goldberg and Charles S. Dutton.

Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis tweeted: “Oh no!!! 2020! Whaaattt!!!”

“Beloved working with you Byrd,” she wrote. “What a fantastic actor you have been. So sorry your life ended this fashion. Praying for your loved ones.”

Byrd was a “good dancer, actor, and pal,” Elisabeth Omilami, a fellow actor and neighborhood activist, informed WXIA-TV in Atlanta.

“He was a particular particular person whose persona crammed up the entire room when he entered you knew he was there,” she stated. “He fought his approach by this very racist and troublesome Hollywood system and was in a position to keep a profession by all of it.”

She stated Byrd had only recently completed his final movie, “Freedom’s Path,” along with her husband, actor Afemo Omilami.

Actor Lori Petty tweeted: “What a person, what a expertise … what a loopy loss.”

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, pictured in 2014 at a Spike Lee retrospective.

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, pictured in 2014 at a Spike Lee retrospective.


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