Lance Reddick, actor in “The Wire” and “John Wick” films, dies at age 60

Lance Reddick, actor in “The Wire” and “John Wick” films, dies at age 60

Lance Reddick, an actor recognized for his roles within the HBO police drama “The Wire” and the “John Wick” motion films, has died, his consultant Mia Hansen confirmed to CBS News. He was 60.

The actor died instantly Friday morning of pure causes, Hansen mentioned in an announcement.

Lance Reddick attends a special screening of Lionsgate's "John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum" at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 15, 2019, in Hollywood, California.
Lance Reddick attends a particular screening of Lionsgate’s “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 15, 2019, in Hollywood, California.


In the “John Wick” franchise, Reddick performed the concierge Charon of the Continental resort group that gives sanctuary to assassins. The fourth installment of the sequence is ready to be launched subsequent week with Keanu Reeves enjoying the title position.

Reddick was typically put in a go well with or a crisp uniform throughout his profession, enjoying tall taciturn and stylish males of distinction. He was greatest recognized for his position as straight-laced Lt. Cedric Daniels on “The Wire,” the place his character was agonizingly trapped within the messy politics of the police division in Baltimore, which was Reddick’s hometown.

In a Twitter post, Wendell Pierce, his co-star on “The Wire,” referred to as Reddick’s loss of life a “painful grief for our creative household.”

Filmmaker James Gunn referred to as Reddick “an extremely good man, and an extremely gifted actor” in a tweet.

Reddick additionally starred on the Fox sequence “Fringe” as particular agent Phillip Broyles, and he performed the neatly dressed Matthew Abaddon on “Lost.”

“I’m an artist at coronary heart. I really feel that I’m superb at what I do. When I went to drama faculty, I knew I used to be a minimum of as gifted as different college students, however as a result of I used to be a Black man and I wasn’t fairly, I knew I must work my butt off to be the most effective that I’d be, and to be seen,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.

He earned a SAG Award nomination in 2021 as a part of the ensemble for Regina King’s movie “One Night in Miami.” Reddick performed recurring roles on “Intelligence” and “American Horror Story” and was on the present “Bosch” for its seven-year run.

His upcoming tasks embody twentieth Century’s remake of “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Shirley,” Netflix’s biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. He was additionally slated to look within the “John Wick” spinoff “Ballerina,” in addition to “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.”

Reddick was a Yale University drama faculty graduate who loved some success after faculty by touchdown visitor or recurring roles on “CSI: Miami” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.” He additionally appeared in a number of films, together with “I Dreamed of Africa,” “The Siege” and “Great Expectations.”

It was on season 4 of “Oz,” enjoying a doomed undercover officer despatched to jail who turns into an addict, that Reddick had a profession breakthrough.

“I used to be by no means involved in tv. I at all times noticed it as a way to an finish. Like so many actors, I used to be solely involved in doing theater and movie. But ‘Oz’ modified tv. It was the start of HBO’s reign on high quality, edgy, creative stuff. Stuff that harkens again to nice cinema of the ’60s and ’70s,” he advised The Associated Press in 2011.

“When the chance for ‘Oz’ got here up, I jumped. And after I learn the pilot for ‘The Wire,’ as a man that by no means needed to be on tv, I noticed I needed to be on this present.”

Reddick attended the celebrated Eastman School of Music, the place he studied classical composition, and he performed piano. His first album, the jazzy “Contemplations and Remembrances,” got here out in 2011.

Reddick had a recurring position as Jeffrey Tetazoo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, on CBS’ “Intelligence.” On “American Horror Story: Coven,” Reddick portrayed Papa Legba, the go-between between humanity and the spirit world.

He is survived by his spouse Stephanie Reddick and youngsters Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.

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