Darren Franich
January 18, 2013 AT 11:13 PM EST

Robert F. Chew, the Baltimore actor who played the brilliant and lovably devious drug kingpin Proposition Joe in all five seasons of The Wire, has died. The Baltimore Sun reports that Chew died of apparent heart failure. A Baltimore native, Chew was active in the city’s theater scene for decades, including having an important role as a teacher of young actors in Baltimore’s Arena Players. He appeared in small roles on Wire creator David Simon’s two previous Baltimore-set TV series, Homicide: Life on the Street and The Corner.

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