Prolific Poet-Actor (Craig Grant) Dies at 53

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Craig muMs Grant, who portrayed Arnold “Poet” Jackson has died on thursday. He was 52. Craig Grant, known as muMs the Schemer, was an American poet and actor best known for his role as Arnold “Poet” Jackson on the HBO series Oz.

Billed as muMs da Schemer, the name he used during his early slam-poetry years, Grant guested or recurred as Arnold “Poet” Jackson on Oz during its entire 1997-2003 run, appearing in all but seven episodes. His character was a heroin addict who is released from “Emerald City,” only to return after killing a drug dealer.

A member of the Homeboys prison gang, the character often recited poems about social and political injustice endured by Black Americans.

At the time of his death, Grant was shooting a recurring role on the Starz series Hightown in Wilmington, North Carolina, and was set to travel to Atlanta on Monday to wrap a recurring arc on the BET streaming series All the Queen’s Men.

He also had recently completed a turn in the Steven Soderbergh film No Sudden Move opposite John Hamm, Benicio del Toro and Don Cheadle. Earlier, he collaborated with the director for Side Effects (2013) and on the Cinemax series The Knick.

“We are heartbroken over the loss of one of the most genuine, caring, loving souls we have ever had the pleasure of representing,” the agency said in a statement. “Craig was more than our client, he was our dear friend. We all just lost a phenomenal man.”

Grant also played Cash Jackson in a recurring role on the recent Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, based on the Spike Lee film, and he appeared in an uncredited turn in Lee’s BlacKkKlansman (2018).

His exact date of birth isn’t publicly known, though since his birth year is listed as 1968, he is believed to have been 53 years old.



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