Who is Brad William Henke?

Brad William Henke was a famous American professional actor and National Football League and Arena Football League player. Henke was popular for his role as Corrections Officer Desi Piscatella on Orange Is the New Black. For the role, he received the Screen Actor’s Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2016.

Brad William Henke Career

Football career

He was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1989 NFL Draft but got cut off during training camp. He was then picked up by the Denver Broncos and played in Super Bowl XXIV over the San Francisco 49ers. Repeated injuries, which needed 6 ankle surgeries, led to his retirement from professional football in 1994.


In 1994, he started acting, beginning with commercials. Henke appeared in October Road, The Amateurs, Around June, In the Valley of Elah, World Trade Center, Choke, Sherrybaby, Fury, and Must Love Dogs. His television career consists of roles in Arliss, Dexter, Justified, Lost, ER, The Office, Sneaky Pete, Orange Is the New Black, and MacGyver (2016). His breakthrough role has been on Orange Is the New Black as Desi Piscatella, a gay corrections officer at Litchfield Federal Penitentiary. Henke joined OITNB in the 4th season. He was then part of the cast that received the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2016.


On November 29, 2022, he passed away in his sleep at the age of 56. In an Instagram post dated May 15, 2021, Henke said that he had a 90% blockage of his artery. In another post on June 29, 2021, he stated that he had 2 stents put in his heart, and also his spleen and half of his pancreas removed, to treat a ”golf ball sized” tumor.

A photo of Brad William Henke
A photo of Brad William Henke

How old is Brad William Henke?

Henke was aged 56 as of his death on November 29, 2022, having been born on April 10, 1966, in Columbus, Nebraska, U.S. He shared his birthday with famous people including Sofia Carson, Shay Mitchell, David Harbour, Ava Michelle Cota, Daisy Ridley, Charlie Hunnam, Steven Seagal, Maren Morris, Jamie Chung, and many more.

Brad William Henke Family

Who are Brad William Henke’s parents?

Brad William Henke was born in Columbus, Nebraska to Tammy Henke and William ”Bill” Henke. His father passed away but his mother is still alive. Not much is known about his parents and family.

Does Brad William Henke have siblings?

He was born into a family of two children to his parents. Henke has one sibling, sister Annette Henke.

Brad William Henke Education

Henke attended Heritage High School, in Littleton, Colorado. He then joined the University of Arizona, where he played college football, as a defensive lineman.

Brad William Henke Wife

From 2001 to 2008, Henke was married to his now ex-wife Katelin Chesna. He then dated and was linked to a relationship with Sonja Henke, although there is no information about their marriage.

Brad William Henke Kids

Henke was married at the time of his death in 2022 and has one child named Phoenix Henke. He also has two stepchildren namely Aaden and Leasa.

Brad William Henke Height

Henke had a well-built, muscular, and athletic body with a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and a weight of 125 kg (275 lbs).

Brad William Henke Net Worth

American professional actor and NFL and AFL player, Henke was active as a player from 1989 to 1994 and as an actor from 1994 to 2022. He had gathered an accumulative net worth of $5 million as of his death in 2022.



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Mr. Wrong Bob
1996 Space Jam Stars Catcher
1996 The Fan Tjader
1999 Dill Scallion Bartender
1999 The Thirteenth Floor Cop #1
2000 Gone in 60 Seconds Uncredited
2003 Love Object Dotson Credited as Brad Henke
2004 The Assassination of Richard Nixon Martin Jones
2005 Must Love Dogs Leo
2005 The Amateurs Ron
2005 North Country Mr. Lattavansky
2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know Andrew
2006 Sherrybaby Bobby Swanson
2006 World Trade Center Allison’s brother
2006 Hollywoodland Russ Taylor
2006 Altered Duke
2008 Choke Denny
2008 Around June Henry
2009 Short Term 12 Denim Later adapted into the 2013 film
2010 The Space Between Will
2011 The Trouble with Bliss Steven ‘Jetski’ Jouseski Also known as East Fifth Bliss
2011 Magic Valley Jerry Garabrant
2012 I Am Not a Hipster Bradley Haines
2012 Struck by Lightning Principal Gifford
2013 Jobs Paul Terrell
2013 Pacific Rim Construction foreman
2013 The Frozen Ground Carl Galenski
2014 Draft Day Tony ‘Bagel’ Bagli
2014 Fury Sgt. Davis Credited as Brad Henke
2015 Pure Love Detective Dillard
2016 The Tank Dane Hankeard
2016 Pee-wee’s Big Holiday Grizzly Bear Daniels
2016 Split John Cooke
2017 Bright Dorghu
2018 Cold Brook Chip
2019 Wounds Eric
2019 Inherit the Viper Tedd Wallace
2020 Arkansas Tim
2022 Block Party Buddy Frank
2023 The Ray Billings Post-production; posthumous


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Chicago Hope Freddy Lulenski Episode: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”
1996 Silk Stalkings Amos Alexander Episode: “Loyalty”
1996–1997 Nash Bridges P.J. Pollard / Tommy 2 episodes
1997 Arliss Zack Bowers Episode: “A Full Service Agency”
1997 Michael Hayes Billy Desmore Episode: “Heroes”
1998 ER John Episode: “Think Warm Thoughts”
1998 The Pretender Jimbo Episode: “Crazy”
1998 Sports Night Christian Patrick Episode: “Mary Pat Shelby”
1998 To Have & to Hold Christopher Dimatto Episode: “Hope You Had the Time of Your Wife”
1999 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Wayne Episode: “Lost”
1999 Martial Law Buzz Tippitt Episode: “Breakout”
2000–2001 Going to California Henry “Hank” Ungalow 20 episodes
2000 The Michael Richards Show Tommy Episode: “The Identity Loan”
2002 Crossing Jordan Andy Lebowski Episode: “Secrets & Lies: Part 2”
2002 Providence Luke English Episode: “Cloak & Dagger”
2002 Judging Amy Det. Chris Cross 2 episodes
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation George Bartell Episode: “Fur and Loathing”
2006 Dexter Tony Tucci 4 episodes
2007 Cold Case Mike Chulaski Episode: “Cargo”
2008 Law & Order Ted Sanderson Episode: “Strike”
2008 Life on Mars Michael H., the Hostage Taker Episode: “Tuesday’s Dead”
2007–2008 October Road Owen Dennis Rowan 19 episodes
2009–2010 Lost Bram 6 episodes
2009 Trust Me Lewis Episode: “Odd Man Out”
2009 CSI: Miami Arnold Hollings Episode: “Out of Time”
2009 Solving Charlie Tom Taylor Television film
2010 Party Down Travis Episode: “Steve Guttenberg’s Birthday”
2010 Royal Pains Roy Episode: “Whole Lotto Love”
2011 Criminal Minds Steve Episode: “Sense Memory”
2011 Shameless Hal Hollander Episode: “Daddyz Girl”
2011 Justified Coover Bennett 9 episodes
2011 Grimm Hap Lasser Episode: “The Three Bad Wolves”
2011 The Chicago Code Ernie Moosekian 3 episodes
2011 Memphis Beat Mark Aiden Episode: “Identity Crisis”
2012 Bones Melvin Carville Episode: “The Bod in the Pod”
2013 The Office Frank Episode: “Vandalism”
2013 Castle Mark Heller Episode: “Scared to Death”
2013 Longmire Sal Vayas Episode: “Death Came In Like Thunder”
2013–2014 The Bridge Jim Dobbs 4 episodes
2015 Uncle Background Singer Episode: ” I’m Back”
2015 Hawaii Five-0 Richie Malloy Episode: “Luapo’i”
2016–2018 Orange Is the New Black Desi Piscatella 26 episodes
2016 The Night Shift Clayton Timmons Episode: “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”
2017 Sneaky Pete Brendon 6 episodes
2018 MacGyver Jonah Walsch Episode: “MacGyver + MacGyver”
2020 Manhunt: Deadly Games Big John 4 episodes
2020 The Stand Tom Cullen 6 episodes
2022 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Don Kubiak Episodes: “Once Upon a Time in El Barrio”

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