Brad William Henke
No. 68     
Defensive End
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-04-10) April 10, 1966 (age 55)[1]
Place of birth: Columbus, Nebraska
Career information
College: Arizona
NFL Draft: 1989 / Round: 4 / Pick: 105
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Denver Broncos ( 1989)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Stats at
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Brad William Henke (born April 10, 1966) is an American actor and former National Football League and Arena Football League player. He is best known for his role as prison guard Desi Piscatella on Orange Is The New Black, for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2016.[2]

Early life and education

Henke was born in Columbus, Nebraska. He attended the University of Arizona and played football as a defensive lineman.

Football career

Henke was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1989 NFL Draft but got cut. He was picked up by the Denver Broncos, and he played in Super Bowl XXIV against the San Francisco 49ers. Repeated injuries, which required six ankle surgeries, led to his retirement from professional football in 1994.[3]

Year Team Number Position
1989 Denver Broncos 68 Defensive Linemen
1994 Fort Worth Cavalry 96 Defensive Linemen

Acting career

Henke began acting in 1994, starting with commercials.[3] He appeared in October Road, Around June, The Amateurs, World Trade Center, In the Valley of Elah, Choke, Sherrybaby, Must Love Dogs and Fury.[3][4]

His television career includes roles in ARLI$$, ER, Dexter, Lost, Justified, The Office (American version), Orange Is The New Black, Sneaky Pete & MacGyver (2016).[3][5].

Henke's breakout role has been on Orange Is The New Black as Desi Piscatella, a gay corrections officer at Litchfield Federal Penitentiary. He joined OITNB in the fourth season.[4] He was part of the cast that won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for 2016.[6][7]

Personal life

Henke was married to actress Katelin Chesna from 2001 to 2008.[8][9]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Mr. Wrong Bob
1996 Space Jam Stars Catcher
1996 The Fan Tjader
2003 Love Object Dotson credited as Brad Henke
2005 Must Love Dogs Leo
2005 North Country Mr. Lattavansky
2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know Andrew
2006 Sherrybaby Bobby Swanson
2006 World Trade Center Allison's brother
2006 Hollywoodland Russ Taylor
2006 Altered Duke
2008 Choke Denny
2008 Around June Henry
2010 The Space Between Will
2011 The Trouble with Bliss Steven 'Jetski' Jouseski also known as East Fifth Bliss
2011 Magic Valley Jerry Garabrant
2012 I Am Not a Hipster Bradley Haines
2012 Struck by Lightning Principal Gifford
2013 Jobs Paul Terrell
2013 Pacific Rim Construction foreman
2013 The Frozen Ground Carl Galenski
2014 Draft Day Tony 'Bagel' Bagli
2014 Fury Sgt. Davis credited as Brad Henke
2015 Pure Love Detective Dillard
2016 The Tank Dane Hankeard
2016 Pee Wee's Big Holiday Grizzly Bear Daniels
2016 Split Uncle John
2017 Bright Dorghu
2018 Cold Brook Chip
2019 Wounds Eric
2019 Inherit the Viper Tedd Wallace In post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sports Night Christian Patrick Episode: "Mary Pat Shelby"
2000-2001 Going to California Henry "Hank" Ungalow 20 episodes
2006 Dexter Tony Tucci 4 episodes
2007 Cold Case Mike Chulaski Episode: "Cargo"
2008 Law & Order Ted Sanderson Episode: "Strike"
2007/2008 October Road Owen Dennis Rowan 19 Episodes
2009–10 Lost Bram 6 episodes
2011 Criminal Minds Steve Episode: "Sense Memory"
2011 Shameless Hal Hollander Episode: "Daddyz Girl"
2011 Justified Coover Bennett 9 episodes
2011 Grimm Hap Lasser Episode: "The Three Bad Wolves"
2012 Bones Melvin Carville Episode: "The Bod in the Pod"
2013 The Office Frank Episode: "Vandalism"
2013 Longmire Sal Vayas Episode: "Death Came In Like Thunder"
2015 Uncle (TV series) Background Singer Episode: " I'm Back"
2016–18 Orange Is The New Black Desi Piscatella 26 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2017 Sneaky Pete Brendon 6 episodes
2018 MacGyver Jonah Walsch Season 02 Episode 23 "MacGyver + MacGyver"


  1. "Brad Henke" (in en).
  2. Holmes, Jonathan (October 19, 2016). "Orange Is the New Black actor joins Will Smith's Netflix movie" (in en). Radio Times. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Petruska, Dave (January 24, 1998). "Ex-Wildcat Brad Henke tackles whole new career as an actor". Tucson Citizen. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Herman, James Patrick (July 29, 2016). "OITNB's Brad William Henke Talks Openly Gay 'Papa Bear' Piscatella (Exclusive)" (in en). Out Magazine. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. Petski, Denise (February 22, 2017). "Brad William Henke Joins CBS’ Jenny Lumet Drama Pilot; Emayatzy Corinealdi In ‘The Get’". Deadline. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  6. "Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017: Orange Is the New Black Wins Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series". People. January 30, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  7. "'OITNB' Cast After SAG Win: 'What Unites Us Is Stronger Than What Divides Us'". Entertainment Weekly. January 30, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  8. "Actor Brad William Henke's been busy adding to his family and resume". People. September 27, 2006. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  9. "Simone's Airbrush Tanning's Bodybuilder Spray Tan Helps Female Bodybuilder Katelin Chesna Prepare for Her Competition". PRWeb. March 9, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2017.

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