Brad William Henke (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. He has also appeared in Justified (2011), Fury, Bright (2017), The Stand (2020) and Manhunt (2017). He portrayed Tom Cullen in The Stand (2020).
Early life and education
Henke was born in Columbus, Nebraska. He attended the University of Arizona and played on the ASU football team ("Wildcats") as a defensive lineman.
Henke was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1989 NFL Draft, but was 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.