Poet and actor Craig “muMs” Grant died at the age of 52. Grant, who starred in From HBO Oz and more recently in the Starz Drama Hightown, died of natural causes, according to his representatives at Ellis Talent Group.
Grant, born and raised in the Bronx borough of New York City, attended Mount St. Michael Academy High School. It became popular as muMs da Schemer, a stage name that he used during his slam poetry days. Appeared in the documentary SlamNation, which followed the 1996 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team of which he was a part. He was a member of the city’s LAByrinth Company, an ethnically diverse off-Broadway nonprofit.
The actor’s film credits include Soderbergh Side effects, Oscar winner Bird man, and the Safdie brothers thriller Good time, among others. Has an uncredited role in Spike Lee BlacKkKlansman. However, it was his acting in From HBO Oz that Grant really broke out in 2003. He played Arnold “Poet” Jackson, a prisoner who performed poetry and offered commentary while Behind bars. Grant’s role continued to expand as the show progressed, and he became one of the few fictional prisoners to survive the entire series.
After Oz, appeared on notable television show how Chapelle show, Los Sopranos, Boston Legal, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Y Marvel Luke cage. He had recurring roles in more recent companies such as the web series. Horacio and pete, Netflix comedy She has to have it, and the criminal drima produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Hightown.
Grant was also a prolific stage actor and performed his one-man show A sucker ringmaster, based on his personal life memories and involving slam-poetry and hip-hop, for LAByrinth Company in 2014. He also had a role in LAByrinth Of the company Insurgents about the rage among the free, the brave and the outcast. In 2007, he was part of the work A view from 151st street, and in 2015, his work Paradox of the urban circle it was part of the Festival of Poetic License of the Production of Poetic Theater. The work, which and it was about a young couple living in Harlem. was made in the Wild Project
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“We are heartbroken over the loss of one of the most genuine, caring and loving souls we have had the pleasure of representing,” his agency said in a statement. “Craig was more than our client, he was our dear friend. We all just lost a phenomenal man. “
At the time of his death, Grant was filming a recurring role in Hightown in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was going to travel to Atlanta on Monday, March 29, to close out a recurring arc on the broadcast series BET. All the queen’s men, according to The Hollywood Reporter Grant and also recently completed filming on the Steven Soderbergh thriller. No sudden movement along with Jon Hamm, Don Cheadle and Benicio del Toro.