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  • Writer's pictureEd Gaines

Granville Adams, Star of Prison Drama 'Oz,' Dies After Cancer Battle

Actor Granville Adams, best known for his role as Zahir Arif in HBO's prison drama "Oz," has died after a long battle against cancer.

Adams starred in 48 "Oz" episodes from 1997 to 2003. He played Officer Jeff Westby in "Homicide: Life on the Street" from 1996 to 1999 and appeared in "Homicide: The Movie" in 2000 after the TV series was canceled. Adams made a 2002 appearance in "Empire" as Det. Jones.

In December 2020, Adams announced he was battling cancer on Instagram when he shared a photo of himself from a hospital bed.

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