Brad William Henke was a former National Football League and Arena Football League player from the United States.
He is most known for his work in Orange Is the New Black as prison guard Desi Piscatella, for which he received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2016.
Brad William Henke, ‘Orange Is the New Black actor died at the age of 56.
Brad Former NFL player and Orange Is the New Black actor William Henke has passed away. He was 56. According to his family, the winner of the Screen Actors Guild Award passed away on Monday while sleeping.
A spokesperson for Henke did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, and no cause of death was disclosed.
“We have no words. Brad was a brilliant performer and a very sweet man.”Branch Out Productions tweeted:
Brad William Early Life and Personal Life (Wife, Family, Age, Education)
Brad William Henke was born on April 10, 1966(56 years old) in Columbus, Nebraska, in the United States. He holds an American nationality and he belongs to the white race. His Astrological Sign is Aries.
Brad William Henke received his education at the University of Arizona.
Brad From 2001 until 2008, William was married to actress Katelin Chesna. He eventually married Sonja. He raised Aaden, his stepson, and Leasa, his stepdaughter, with her. Amirah was Henke’s granddaughter.
Brad is survived by his sister Annette and mother Tammy. Bill, his father, passed away before him.
The New York Giants selected Brad William Henke in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft, but he was released during training camp. The Denver Broncos signed him, and he competed in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers.
He had to have six ankle operations as a result of persistent ailments, forcing him to give up playing professional football in 1994.
Brad William Henke started performing in commercials in 1994. He appeared in several films, including October Road, Around June, The Amateurs, World Trade Center, In the Valley of Elah, Choke, Sherrybaby, Must Love Dogs, and Fury. Arliss, ER, Dexter, Lost, Justified, The Office, Orange Is the New Black, Sneaky Pete, and MacGyver are among his television credits.
On Orange Is the New Black, Henke played Desi Piscatella, a gay corrections officer at Litchfield Federal Penitentiary. He first appeared on OITNB in the fourth season.  He was a member of the cast that won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Series in 2016.