Lance Reddick, who starred in “The Wire,” “Fringe” and the “John Wick” franchise, has died. He was 60.
The actor died “suddenly” due to natural causes on Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press.
Reddick was best known for his leading role as straight-laced Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels on the hit HBO series “The Wire.” His character headed the narcotics division while contending with corruption within the department.
The actor played the multi-skilled Continental Hotel concierge Charon in all the films of the “John Wick” franchise, including “John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released on March 21.
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Reddick did not attend the movie’s premiere in New York City on Wednesday night. He posted three photos to Instagram just yesterday in which he was seen relaxing on a couch with his dogs.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 7, 1962, Reddick studied music composition and earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. In 1994, he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.
In 2000, Reddick landed the role of Detective Johnny Basil on the fourth season of the HBO prison drama “Oz.” After “The Wire” concluded its five-season run in 2008, Reddick was cast as Matthew Abaddon on the ABC science fiction drama series “Lost.”
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“I’m an artist at heart. I feel that I’m very good at what I do. When I went to drama school, I knew I was at least as talented as other students, but because I was a Black man and I wasn’t pretty, I knew I would have to work my butt off to be the best that I would be, and to be noticed,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
Reddick starred as special agent and head of the FBI’s Fringe division Phillip Broyles on the Fox sci-fi series “Fringe” from 2008 to 2013. He portrayed Chief Irvin Irving on the Amazon series “Bosch” for its seven-year run from 2014 to 2021.
The actor earned a SAG Award nomination in 2021 as part of the ensemble for Regina King’s film “One Night in Miami.” Reddick played recurring roles on “Intelligence” and “American Horror Story.”
His other television credits included “CSI: Miami,” “The Blacklist,” “Quantum Break,” “American Horror Story: Coven” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” In 2013, he played General Caulfield in Roland Emmerich’s 2013 political action thriller “White House Down.” Reddick also appeared in “Angel Has Fallen,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Oldboy” and “Won’t Back Down” among other film roles.
In his final on-screen television project, Reddick played Dr. Albert Wesker for all eight episodes of Netflix’s 2022 action horror series “Resident Evil.” He voiced Thordak in the 2023 animated Amazon series “The Legend of Vox Machina.” Other recent voiceover work included roles in “Farzar,” “The Vindicators” and “Paradise PD.”
Reddick had a number of upcoming projects including Hulu’s “White Men Can’t Jump” remake, the Netflix biopic “Shirley,” the Danny DeVito-directed thriller “St. Sebastian,” the Disney+ series “Percy Jackson and the Olympians,” the Showtime war drama “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial,” and the sci-fi thriller “Apteros.” He also reprised his role as Charon in the upcoming “John Wick” spinoff “Ballerina” starring Ana de Armas.
He is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole and Christopher Reddick
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.