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Interview Date: 11/10/2016 |and| 04/14/2017

Actor Anthony Chisholm was born on April 9, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio to Edith Amilia and Victor Chisholm. Drafted by the U.S. Army, Chisholm served as platoon leader for the 4th Armored Calvary, 1st Infantry Division in the Vietnam War.

Upon returning from service in the Vietnam War, Chisholm performed in The Boys from Syracuse and The Threepenny Opera at Karamu House in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1968, he made his film debut in Up Tight!, directed by Jules Dassin. That same year, Chisholm began his acting studies with Lloyd Richards in the Negro Ensemble Company’s master class. Chisholm acted in a number of films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, including Putney Swope (1969) and Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970). In 1985, he portrayed Habu and Drill Sergeant Williams in Tracers, an off-Broadway play about the Vietnam War, at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York City. His Vietnam War experiences were depicted by HBO’s Vietnam War Story in 1987. Chisholm also joined the Vietnam Veterans Ensemble Theater Company, where he acted in multiple productions, including: Back in the World (1988) and The Strike (1990). In 1990, while auditioning for Two Trains Running, Chisholm met August Wilson, and subsequently took on the part of Wolf at Yale Repertory Theatre – touring with the production to Boston’s Huntington Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Los Angeles’ Doolittle Theatre, the Kennedy Center and San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre.

Chisholm portrayed Wolf in the Broadway production of Two Trains Running at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York City in 1992. In 1996, he became part of the core cast for August Wilson’s Jitney, which appeared off-Broadway at New York City’s Second Stage Theatre in 2000. Between 2001 and 2003, Chisholm portrayed prisoner Burr Redding in the HBO crime drama series, Oz. He acted in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean, starring Phylicia Rashad, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and John Earl Jelks in 2004. Beginning in 2007, Chisholm portrayed Elder Joseph Barlow in the final installment of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle,” Radio Golf. He received a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of Elder Joseph Barlow in the Broadway production of Radio Golf, directed by Kenny Leon at the Cort Theatre in New York City.

In addition to his stage roles, Chisholm appeared in numerous television and film roles, including roles as William Johnson in Reign Over Me (2007), Tito in Premium Rush (2012) and Mr. Doctor Aesop in Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq (2015). He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Obie, Ovation, NAACP Theatre and AUDELCO awards.

Anthony Chisholm was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 10, 2016.

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