World News – CA – Famous ‘Everyman’ Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd Shot Dead in Atlanta


Actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd, who has appeared in several Spike Lee films, was found gunned down in Atlanta this weekend, authorities say He was 70 years old

Byrd, who was shot several times in the back, was found at 1:45 am Saturday at an address southwest of downtown, Atlanta police said in a statement A 911 caller reported that someone ‘one was injured there, according to the press release

Byrd’s work with Lee spanned decades, starting in 1995 with « Clockers » He later appeared in « Girl 6 », « He Got Game », « Bamboozled » and other well-known films Byrd appeared in a recent Netflix adaptation of Lee’s 1986 film, « She’s Gotta Have it »

« I am so sad to report the tragic murder of our beloved brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd last night in Atlanta, Georgia, » Lee wrote on Instagram Sunday « Tom is my guy »

Byrd’s former agent Craig Wyckoff called him a brilliant actor whose on-screen roles were at odds with his personality

« He usually played pimps, murderers, villains, but in real life he was a sweet soul, » Wyckoff said

Actor Wendell Pierce compared Byrd’s relationship with Lee to that of actor Joseph Cotten with director Orson Welles, who played Cotten in « Citizen Kane » and other films in the early 1940s. / p>

Byrd also appeared in the 2004 Ray Charles biopic, « Ray », political satire « Bulworth » and Gary Gray’s F Film « Set It Off »

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World News – CA – Famous “All Men” actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd is shot dead in Atlanta



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