Burr Redding
First appearance "Conversions" (episode 4.10)
Last appearance "Exeunt Omnes" (episode 6.08)
Reason/Cause End of Series
Prisoner No. 01R289
Aliases None
Gender Male
Age 60s
Date of Conviction January 11, 2001
Affiliations The Homeboys & Redding Organization
Spouse None
Relatives Augustus Hill (Stepson, deceased)
Kill Count 2
Episode Count 23 Episodes
Portrayed by Anthony Chisholm

Burr Redding is an African American inmate featured in Oz. Portrayed by Anthony Chisholm.

Plot Summary[edit | edit source]

"Prisoner number 01R289, Burr Redding. Convicted January 11, 2001 - Murder in the first degree, seven counts of attempted murder. Sentence: Life without the possibility of parole."
The Narrator[src]

Season 4, Part II[edit | edit source]

Redding arrives in Oz and the Homeboys have been in disarray since the death of Simon Adebisi,the former leader of the Homeboys, and unit manager Tim McManus believes that Redding can bring them back into order immediately. Introduced to Kareem Said and McManus, Redding congratulates Said not for his intents to change Black men but for murdering Adebisi (given that Adebisi was one of the most dangerous inmates in Oz). He lets McManus know that he knows the prison routine better than anyone given his criminal history. Upon arrival, he reunites with his stepson Augustus Hill who tells him that the gang he wants to run, the Homeboys are being led by inmate Arnold "Poet" Jackson. Poet is not that great of a leader and is in no position to deny leadership from Redding. Redding is met by Chucky Pancamo and Enrique Morales offered a third of their drug trade, but Redding is stubborn and refuses to work with the two of them. When some Chinese refugees are temporarily placed in Oz, Morales frames him for the murder of one of them. Because of his time served in Vietnam, McManus believes Redding is racist towards Asians in general and does not think twice about throwing Redding in the newly constructed cage (According to the journal of Augustus Hill however, Redding's anger never developed towards Asians while serving in Vietnam but instead towards the government and authority figures who deployed many poor African-Americans to lose their lives overseas in battle). Warden Glynn however releases Redding when he realizes that there is no evidence in fact to convict Redding. This leads to a build up of a war between the Homeboys with the Italian and Latino inmates.

Redding later sees another problem in inmate Supreme Allah, a Five Percenter who has been exiled from the Homeboys. Redding dislikes Supreme because he is the reason why Augustus Hill is serving time to begin with. Redding tells Augustus that after the police arrested Supreme on an old warrant, he gave up Hill's location so that he could get off on the charge. Hill furious attempts to attack Supreme but is thrown out of his wheelchair and beaten in the shower room. Redding calls in Tug Daniels, the brother of the man Supreme murdered. Daniels is in the visiting room with Poet and uses a smuggled toothbrush shank to stab Supreme. Supreme lives and Daniels is charged with attempted murder. The charge however doesn't bother Daniels since he will have a spot in Redding's gang when he's inside of Oz. Redding then with Daniels, Poet, and the other Homeboys devise a plan to eliminate all of their enemies.

Burr lays out a plan for the Homeboys and Asian inmate Jia Kenmin to murder the Italian and Latino inmates in the gym and a plan for Omar White to finish off Supreme in the hospital. Augustus Hill does not feel right about this and tells Officer Murphy about the plan and he has the S.O.R.T. team break it up. Redding is angered by Hill betraying him so he excommunicates Augustus from the Homeboys but lets him live only because of their history. In the mean time Supreme is told by Pancamo and Morales that he can be their partner if Redding dies. Supreme lays out a plan for Augustus to murder Burr and also is secretly working with Tug Daniels who decides that Supreme is a worthy ally after he lived from the stab wound. Redding finds out the information regarding Daniels from his cell mate, a marine colonel imprisoned for rape, Edward Galson, and murders Daniels in the gym after Poet pays off the COs. Poet is later told by Hill about a fatal allergic reaction that Supreme has to eggs, and they use this information to prepare a special meal for Supreme. With Supreme Allah dead, Redding forgives Hill and offers him a place back in the Homeboys. Hill declines but is happy that he and Redding are on good terms again.

Season 5[edit | edit source]

This season starts out with a visit from Eugenia Hill, Augustus' mother. Eugenia however is killed with the rest of the family members on the bus after an accident. Augustus is also distraught because his wife is divorcing him so Redding is now the only family he has. Augustus and Burr start by talking about several internal issues that they had within the family growing up, and Burr concludes that Augustus and Eugenia were the only real family he ever knew. Redding however sees a new development arrive after Aryan Brotherhood members Vernon Schillinger and James Robson hospitalize Chucky Pancamo and gang rape Peter Schibetta, the two men running the Italians. He makes a truce with Morales and the Latinos to muscle the Italians out of the drug trade, so for a while the Homeboys and Latinos both control the drug trade with no problem. Redding also uses inmate Omar White to sell drugs through a janitor's closet to inmate Reggie Rawls, the Homeboys key slinger in Unit C. Burr then visits Warden Leo Glynn asking him for control of the cafeteria. Glynn says no at first for two reasons- 1) The Italians run the cafeteria, 2) The last Black inmate who managed the cafeteria, Simon Adebisi did a disastrous job. However, Redding points out that the Italians' current leaders are all out of the loop, that he is not Adebisi, and that the Black inmates who are the majority of the staff don't take too well to "kowtowing to the Dagos." After hearing this, Glynn gives Redding control, so with control of the cafeteria and the drug trade, Burr and the Homeboys have good things going for them.

All goes well until Augustus Hill ends up in the hospital due to a drug overdose. Burr is especially distraught when Tim McManus accuses him of giving Augustus the drugs. Redding explains that the one thing he will do is not outlive Augustus and vows to bring down the men responsible for causing Hill to nearly die. Poet is responsible for giving Augustus the drugs and Redding accuses him first, but he naturally lies about what has happened telling Burr that he needs to look at the Italians and Latinos before accusing his own gang members. With Carmen Guerra, Poet gets Busmalis to say that Italian inmate Salvatore DeSanto sold Augustus the drugs. Redding then puts LSD in DeSanto's food and he dies due to brain damage as a result. In the hospital however, Augustus gives McManus information that it was not DeSanto or the Italians who sold him the heroin but will not give up Poet at the same time. Poet fearing for his life then forces Busmalis to tell Burr that Guerra and the Latinos sold Augustus the drugs. This causes Redding to accuse the Latinos of drugging Hill, a move which ends the alliance between the two groups.

When Redding is released from solitary, Augustus is out of the hospital. Augustus will not rat out Poet because he made the choice to do drugs himself and is not trying to get anyone else killed. In the meantime, Augustus and Burr talk about the OD and Redding apologizes to Augustus saying that if it were not for him, Augustus would never have done drugs in the first place. They make their peace which is short lived when the Italians attack Redding. Italian inmate Frank Urbano and the Latinos have a meeting, Morales apologizes for breaking the alliance and is told that if he wants to be partners again, it will be a 60-40 deal as a penalty with the Latinos getting the 40%. Morales agrees under the condition that Urbano murders Redding and when he attempts to kill Redding, Augustus gets in the way and dies instead. This puts Redding in complete disarray.

Season 6[edit | edit source]

This final season of Oz starts with Redding in mourning over Augustus' death. Redding is realizing the error of his ways but is not doing anything because he is so hurt over losing Augustus. Kareem Said tells him to get his men under control who are haphazardly attacking other inmates and starting fights uncontrolled. Burr decides to stop selling drugs and stop his men from doing so when a telemarketing company comes to Oz. He figures this will get the Homeboys to stop selling but several of them especially Poet and Rawls do not want to stop and do not believe in this form of work. Redding however starts them in the telemarketing business, ready to stick with it by any means possible.

The telemarketing business is going good until Poet insults a customer on the phone. Poet is fired by Redding and all the other Homeboys walk out as well. They decide to work for Arif and the Muslims in the book binding business. Burr in the mean time is committed to keeping Poet and Rawls from selling drugs, so he tells Italian inmates Chucky Pancamo and Frank Urbano to stop any side scheme they try to pull so that they will come back to work for him. The Italians gladly agree to this and stop one of the Homeboy's connections by running them over with a truck 37 times. Meanwhile, former Black Panther Jahfree Neema arrives in Oz and displays his contempt as Redding tries to ask him for help. Burr wants Neema's help to get his men under control, and Neema calls him an Anathema. He states this because he hates Redding for forcing several Black youths to sell drugs and get into gangs over the past 40 years. With no other options of how to get his men back to work for him, Redding pays Samuel Gougeon to destroy Arif's binding shop. Burr then tells him that he shouldn't speak and accept the insurance money for what has happened. This forces the Homeboys to work for him again but unbeknownst to him, Poet devises a plan with the rest of them to steal credit card numbers for purposes of buying drugs. Arif though confesses to McManus that Redding destroyed the book binding business and even though the other Muslims excommunicate him, McManus gets Redding thrown into solitary as a result, and then is released upon Oz's evacuation.

Kill Count[edit | edit source]


  • Unnamed Policeman: Shot to death. (2001)
  • Carlton "Tug" Daniels: Strangled to death for betraying the Homeboys. (2001)


Gallery[edit | edit source]

The Homeboys

Simon Adebisi - Burr Redding - Kenny Wangler - Jefferson Keane - Poet - Junior Pierce - Supreme Allah - Tug Daniels - Leroy Tidd - Mondo Browne - Reggie Rawls - Malcolm Coyle - Paul Markstrom - Desmond Mobay - Johnny Post - Curtis Bennett

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