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Utica Common Council designates honorary street name for local actor, health advocate

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Utica Common Council has recently voted to designate an honorary street after a hometown actor.

At a recent meeting, councilmembers voted to designate that honorary street sign reading "Brown Byrd Lane" be placed on both ends of the street below the Pond Lane signs.

Byrd is a multiple award-winning actor and entertainer, as well as a prostate cancer health advocate. He heads up his own non-profit foundation called "BrownByrd Prostate Cancer Foundation," which has been in existence since 2003. In 2001, he was appointed as the new Health and Wellness Chairman of Long Island on behalf of 100 Black Men of Long Island, Inc.

Byrd became a prostate cancer health advocate after his grandfather, C.J. Thomas, died of prostate cancer at the age of 23.

As an actor, he has appeared in the 2006 HBO Movie "honor Defended" as a WWII hero who killed 100 German Soldiers in the war and died in action, posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

In 2008, Byrd starred in the Bollywood movie "When Kiran Meets Karen" and was the cover model for the paperback novel "Things in Between" by Nathanial Portis.

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