Actor Brad William Henke Dies at 56

Wire Service
By Wire Service
December 3, 2022Entertainmentshare
Actor Brad William Henke Dies at 56
Brad William Henke attends Entertainment Weekly's Screen Actors Guild Award Nominees Celebration sponsored by Maybelline New York at Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 2018. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Actor Brad William Henke has died, according to his agent and manager. He was 56.

“Brad Henke was an incredibly kind man of joyous energy. A very talented actor, he loved being a part of this community … and we loved him back,” his manager, Matt DelPiano, wrote in a statement shared on Instagram. “Our thoughts are with his wife and family.”

Henke “died peacefully in his sleep” on Nov. 29, his agent, Sheree Cohen, told CNN in a statement.

Born in Columbus, Nebraska, and raised in Littleton, Colorado, he earned a football scholarship to the University of Arizona.

A standout defensive lineman, team captain, and All-Academic student journalist, Henke was drafted into the National Football League by the New York Giants in 1989, and eventually made it to the roster for the Denver Broncos and played in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers.

Repeated injuries led to his retirement from the NFL in 1994.

Henke moved to Los Angeles hoping to break into coaching and instead found himself in front of the camera after he attended an open call for a commercial looking for “big guys.”

Henke opened an acting studio in Los Angeles in 2000 where he helped to guide the careers of other actors.

His outreach to those in his profession also included producing showcases, helping his students land agents and lending his acting abilities to up-and-coming filmmakers, including “Short Term 12” and “Willy’s Wonderland.”

An avid NFL and UFC fan, he was also a devoted family man who “visited his mother frequently, loved taking his stepson to soccer games and gymnastics and adored his dog, Ruby” according to his agent.

Henke is survived by his mother Tammy, his sister Annette, his wife Sonja, his stepson Aaden, his stepdaughter Leasa, and his grandchild Amirah.

The CNN Wire contributed to this report.

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