Saturday, January 19, 2013

Robert F. Chew, ‘Prop Joe’ From ‘The Wire’ Dead At 52

Robert F. Chew, the actor who played “Proposition Joe” on the cult HBO series “The Wire,” is died in his sleep at his Baltimore home, the Baltimore Sun reports.

He was 52. The cause of death is believed to be heart failure.

Chew, who appeared in “Homicide” and “the Corner,” as well as “The Wire,” also taught young adult actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players. In 2006, he helped 22 of his students land parts in “The Wire.”

“Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore,” David Simon, creator of ‘The Wire’ said in an email to The Sun Friday. “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. He understood so much about his craft that it was no surprise at all that we would go to him to coach our young actors in season four. He was the conduit through which they internalized their remarkable performances.”

Chew’s funeral will be held nextThursday at Calvin-Scruggs Funeral Home in Baltimore.

He is survived by his mother, Henrietta; and two sisters, Tonya Chew and Maureen Little. All live in Baltimore.

Robert F. Chew as Proposition Joe on HBO's The Wire. Credit: HBO

The Best Pro Joe Quotes: 


Prop Joe:  

  • [on Marlo] It ain't easy civilizin' this motherfucker.

  • I'm doing like one of them marriage counselors. Charge by the hour to tell some fool he need to bring some flowers home. Then charge another hour telling the bitch she oughta suck some cock every little once in a while. You know, keep a marriage strong like that.

  • For a cold-ass crew of gangstaz, y'all carried it like Republicans and shit.

  • Look the part, be the part, motherfucker.

  • Who you tellin’? I got motherfuckin’ nephews and in-laws fucking all my shit up all the time and it ain’t like I can pop a cap in their ass and not hear about it Thanksgivin’ time. For real, I’m livin’ life with some burdensome niggers.

  • Fool, if it wasn’t for Sergei here, you and your cuz' both would be cadaverous motherfuckers.

  • [about Brother Mouzone] You don't think I'm gonna send any of my people up against Brother? Shit, That nigga got more bodies on him than a Chinese cemetery.

  • Business men, such as myself, does not believe in bad blood with a man such as yourself. Disturbs the sleep.

  • [to Stringer] The feeling is it ain't right for you to be at the head of our table, when you can't call off your dog. Call it a crisis of leadership.

  • I'm Proposition Joe. You fuck with me, I'll kill your whole family.

  • Marlo is Marlo, man. He weren't the one that put me in this trick bag. The motherfucker who snuggled up and whispered in Marlo's ear did that.

  • Yes, ma'am, this is Sydney Handjerker with Handjerker, Cohen & Bromburg. I'm trying to locate a Sergeant Thomas Hauk in regards to a client I am representing.

RIP Mr. Chew!

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