Al Brown, known for playing police Major Stan Valchek on The Wire, dies at 83 from Alzheimer’s


Al Brown, known for playing police Major Stan Valchek on The Wire, dies at 83 after struggle with Alzheimer’s

  • Brown died on Friday in Las Vegas after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease
  • He played a corrupt police official on HBO’s acclaimed series The Wire
  • Brown came late to acting, only starting in the 1990s 
  • He also had small roles in films like 12 Monkeys and Red Dragon 

Al Brown, the actor who played the corrupt police Major Stan Valcheck on HBO’s classic crime series The Wire, has died at 83.

The film and television actor died on Friday in Las Vegas following a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, his daughter Jenny told TMZ.

Brown’s moment in the spotlight was in the second season of The Wire, when his petty feud with the leader of a longshoremen union launched led to Baltimore Police Department and FBI investigations of Greek drug traffickers.

Brown got into acting relatively late in life, as his first credited role wasn’t until 1995, when he appeared on Homicide: Life On The Street. 

Signing off: Al Brown, the actor who played the corrupt police Major Stan Valcheck on HBO’s classic crime series The Wire , has died at 83; still from The Wire

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