Granville Adams, ‘Oz’ Star, Dies at 58 After Cancer Battle

by Keeli Parkey

Cancer has claimed the life of actor Granville Adams. He was best known for his role in the HBO prison drama, “Oz.”

The show also starred “Law & Order: Organized Crime” star Christopher Meloni, as well as J.K. Simmons, Ernie Hudson, Dean Winters, Harold Perrineau, Rita Moreno, Eamonn Walker, and Kirk Acevedo.

According to TMZ, Adams was 58 years old at the time of his death. It was actor Kirk Acevedo who announced on Sunday, Oct. 10, that Adams had passed away after his battle with cancer. The actor left behind his wife, Christina.

“I lost my brotha today after a long battle with cancer. I don’t do well with loss because I’m unfamiliar with it. Yo Granny we’ll be chopping it up on the other side one day. Until then… Rest easy my friend,” Acevedo shared via Twitter. He also shared a photo of Adams, as well as three photos of them having fun together.

In addition to this in memory tweet, Kirk Acevedo also tweeted about memories he had of Granville Adams from the set of “Oz.”

“(His) nickname for me was Kirk Killa. Only one that called me that. ‘Yo! What up Kirk Killa!”’We had our dressing rooms side by side on ‘OZ’ and we tore down the wall that separated our rooms so we’d have the VIP Suite of dressing rooms! PlayStation, Fridge, Bar – We had it all,” Acevedo also recalled.

The “Oz” co-stars came to help Adams after his cancer diagnosis. They did so by starting a GoFundMe page to help financially support the actor during his battle. The account received almost $100,000 in donations at the time of his death.

Granville Adams Played the Character Zahir Arif in “Oz”

In “Oz,” Granville Adams played the character of Zahir Arif. The character was of the Islamic faith and was also a close friend of the character Kareem Said. Said was played by Eamonn Walker.

Adams played Arif in 48 episodes of “Oz.” He began his work on the show in a guest role. He later became a recurring character. According to IMDb, “Oz” aired on HBO from 1997 until 2003.

In addition to his work in “Oz,” Adams was also known for his work in “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He played Officer Jeff Westby in several episodes from 1996 until 1999. He also appeared as the same character in the 2000 television film, “Homicide: The Movie.”

Granville Adams also appeared as the character of Detective Jones in the 2002 film “Empire.” He played the character of Scout in the 2011 film “Magic City Memoirs.”

In December 2020, he reportedly announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer. In an Instagram post that month, he stated “F*** CANCER.”

His last Instagram post was shared on July 29. In this post, he shared a photo of him in a hospital bed. “135 pounds of post radiation badness,” he captioned the photo.