Thomas Jefferson Byrd, Spike Lee’s favorite actor, shot dead in the United States


The 70-year-old African-American comedian was reportedly shot dead after an altercation in a store.

By Le Figaro

Revealed alongside Harvey Keitel in Glockers in 1995,
Revealed alongside Harvey Keitel in Glockers in 1995, “Tom ByrdHas collaborated eight times with Spike Lee. MIREYA ACIERTO / AFP

Tragedy in the world of cinema. Thomas Jefferson Byrd, one of Spike Lee’s favorite actors, died Saturday, October 3 after being shot in the street. An investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the homicide. According to his friend and former representative Graig Wyckof, the 70-year-old comedian had an altercation with someone in a store. His attacker would then have followed him home before shooting him three times in the back, reports Fox News .

Revealed alongside Harvey Keitel in Glockers in 1995, “Tom ByrdHas collaborated eight times with Spike Lee. The director paid tribute to him in an Instagram post. “I am sad to report the murder of our beloved brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd last night in Atlanta», He declared, offering his condolences to the relatives of the deceased. “What Joseph Cotton was to Orson Welles, Byrd was to Spike», For his part indicated the actor Wendell Pierce on Twitter, regretting the death of the one who had also played Jimmy in the film Ray in 2004.

In addition to his repeated appearances in front of the camera, Thomas Jefferson Byrd was also a stage actor. He was notably nominated in the “best actor” category at the 2003 Tony Awards for his role as pianist Toledo in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. A Netflix adaptation of this play will be released on December 18 starring actress Viola Davis. The latter also had a word for the deceased on social networks.

Freedom’s Path, the last movie the actor starred in is slated to hit theaters next year.

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