Atlanta, Georgia – A Georgia native and Morris Brown graduate, Thomas Jefferson Brown was a regular on many of Spike Lee films. From films such as 1995’s “Clockers,” to 2015’s “Chi-Raq.”
Byrd was found shot several times in the back in a southwest Atlanta community. A call to 911 was made, but once paramedics arrived, they pronounced him dead.
A popular character in the 90’s cult classic film, “Set It Off,” directed by F. Gary Gray. Byrd played the overbearing and heartless role of, Luther, who owned a janitorial service that employed characters played by Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith.
Spike Lee announced the death of Byrd on his Twitter page, “I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta, Georgia.”
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I’m So Sad To Announce The Tragic Murder Of Our Beloved Brother Thomas Jefferson Byrd Last Night In Atlanta,Georgia. Tom Is My Guy,Here Below You See Him As The Frightening Character Errol Barnes In CLOCKERS. Brother Byrd Also Did His Thang In My Joints- CHI-RAQ,SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS, RED HOOK SUMMER,BAMBOOZLED,HE GOT GAME,GET ON THE BUS,GIRL 6 And CLOCKERS. May We All Wish Condolences And Blessings To His Family. Rest In Peace Brother Byrd.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜💜
Byrd received a bachelor’s degree from Morris Brown and later relocated to California to study dance at the California Institute of Arts. In 2003, he was nominated for a Tony Award as best featured actor in his Broadway performance of “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”
Byrd’s death is still under investigation and will be updated as reports.