Last weekend, the black 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.
Jefferson had a lot of experience as a theater actor, but he did not get his chance in the cinema until late at the age of forty-five when director Spike Lee offered him a minor role in his movie “The Lockers”. Then he also took a role in another film of his, “Get on the Bus”, before other directors hired him.
A spokesman for the Atlanta police told AFP, that the police found the seventy-year-old actor killed by several bullets in the back on 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 has participated in other projects, the most recent of which are the series “Cheese Got to Have It” (2017-2019) and the movie “Chai-Rak” (2015). Director Spike Lee described the actor, Jefferson, as his friend, in his obituary on “Instagram”, expressing his grief over his death. As for the actor Wendell Pearce, who appeared with him on “Get on the Bus”, he wrote that “Bird was courageous, funny, calm, creative, and expressive.” “I loved so much working with you, Bird,” Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis wrote in a tweet. How much you were an excellent actor. I am sorry that your life ended like this ».