Al Brown dead at 83; His role in The Wire and other 7 best performances

Al Brown, the senior actor who is best known for his performances in many famous films and series including the HBO crime drama series The Wire, has passed away. As per the latest reports, the actor has breathed his last in Las Vegas after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s, at the age of 83. Al Brown Is best known for his portrayal of Stanislaus Valchek, the Police Commissioner of the Baltimore Police Departmentin the HBO crime drama seriesThe Wire

Al Brown’s daughter releases official statement

According to the reports published by TMZ.com, Al Brown’s daughter Jenny revealed that the actor was battling Alzheimer’s disease, for a very long time. She also added that the senior actor is also an Air Force veteran before he ventured into the acting field during the 90s. When he was a 29-year-old, Al Brown served two Air Force tours in Vietnam. 

Later, Al Brown’s manager confirmed the actor’s death news through his official Facebook handle with a statement, that reads: “My name is Michael. I manage Al’s Facebook page. I am sad to let you know that angels came for Al yesterday morning, Friday, January 13, 2023. May his memory be a blessing to his family, his friends, and each of you. This page will remain as a testimony to Al’s work and love for his fans.”

Check out the official statement below:

Al Brown in The Wire

The senior actor essayed the role of Stanislaus Valchek in the HBO crime drama series The Wire, in all its five seasons. Al Brown’s character in the series is also seen as the commander of the Polish-American Southeastern District. Stanislaus Valchek spends most of his time as the Major in charge of the southeastern district. He later gets promoted to the Deputy of Administration due to his links with Mayor Carcetti.

However, Al Brown’s character had the most prominent partner in the second season of the popular series and earned exceptional reviews for his performance. The Wire, which has been considered one of the finest shows in the history of television, was aired for five seasons with 60 episodes from June 2, 2002, to March 9, 2008.  

Check out the 5 best performances of Al Brown below:

Al Brown (Image Credits: IMDb)

1. 12 Monkeys

The senior actor played a small yet important role in the science fiction film 12 Monkeys, which was released in 1995. Al Brown played the role of a policeman in the film, which was inspired by the 1962-released short film La Jetee, and helmed by Terry Gilliam. 

2. Law & Orders: Special Victims Unit

The senior actor played a key role in the famous series Law & Orders: Special Victims Unit, the 1999-released American crime drama series Law & Orders: Special Victims Unit. The renowned show, which was aired on NBC, became the longest-running US live-action series in the history of world television.

3. Commander In Cheif 

Al Brown essayed a small yet pivotal role in the famous American politician drama series Commander In Chief, which was aired on ABC from September 2005 to June 2006.

4. The Replacements

The veteran actor appeared in the role of Ref #1 in the 2000-released film The Replacements, which is helmed by Howard Deutch. The sports comedy film features Keanu Reeves, Gene Hackman, Brooke Langton, Rhys Ifans, Jon Favreau, Jack Warden, and others in pivotal roles. 

5. Shot In The Heart

The HBO film, which is helmed by Agniezka Holland, featured Al Brown in a pivotal role in the acclaimed film. The project is based on a memoir penned by Mikal Gilmore, the senior contributing editor at Rolling Stone, which was based on his dysfunctional family.

6. The Hustler

The 2009-released tv series featured Al Brown as a pivotal character named Bernie. The senior actor appeared in the 5 episodes of the series, in its first season.

7. The F.B.I Files

The American crime docudrama which was aired on Discovery channel, had featured Al Brown in a supporting roles. 

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