Last weekend, American actor Thomas Jefferson Bird was found shot dead in Atlanta (Georgia), and his colleagues and friends mourned him, including director Spike Lee, who used him in a number of his films.
On Monday, an Atlanta police spokesman told AFP that police found the 70-year-old actor, shot in the back, early Saturday morning in the southwest of the city. Upon arrival at the scene, the medical team verified the death of Jefferson.
The police have opened an investigation but have not stopped anyone yet.
Jefferson had a lot of experience as a stage actor, but he did not get his chance in the cinema until late at the age of 45 when director Spike Lee offered him a minor role in his movie “The Lockers”. Then he took a role as well in another film of his, “Get on the Bus”, before he was hired by other directors.
With Spike Lee’s management as well, he participated in other projects, the most recent of which were the series “Cheese Got to Have It” (2017-2019) and the movie “Chai-Rak” (2015).
Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis wrote in a tweet, “I loved working with you, Bird. How much you were an excellent actor. I am sorry that your life ended like this ».
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