‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ star Lance Reddick dies at 60 – National
Lance Reddick, an actor best known for his roles in John Wick Movies and HBO’s The cableShe died at the age of 60.
Reddick died “suddenly” on Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen said in a statement, attributing his death to natural causes. His death was first reported by celebrity website TMZ.com.
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Reddick who plays the character of Charon in the John Wick Movies, had been on a press tour for the fourth installment in the franchise and was scheduled to visit The Kelly Clarkson Show next week.
The actor appeared to be skipping at the New York premiere of John Wick 4 on Wednesday he instead posted a video of himself with his dogs on social media. It’s not clear why he chose not to attend the event.
Often donned in a suit or crisp uniform throughout his career, Reddick played tall, taciturn, and elegant men of rank. He was best known for his role as the straight forward Lt. Cedric Daniels known in the hit HBO series The cable where his character was torturously caught up in the chaotic politics of the Baltimore Police Department.
“I am an artist at heart. I feel like 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 not pretty, I knew I had to work my ass off to be the best I could be could be and be perceived,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
He also had roles in small film productions, including American Horror Story, edge area, Bosch, ounce And Lost.
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Reddick was nominated for a 2021 SAG Award as part of the cast for Regina King’s film A night in Miami. His upcoming projects include the remake of 20th Century White men can’t jump And Shirley, Netflix biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. He should also appear in the John Wick spin off ballerinaas well as The court-martial of the Caine mutiny.
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Born and raised in Baltimore, Reddick was a Yale University drama school graduate who had some success after school, but it was in the fourth season of ouncein which he plays a doomed undercover officer who is sent to prison and becomes addicted that Reddick had a career breakthrough.
“I’ve never been interested in television. I’ve always seen it as a means to an end. Like so many actors, I was only interested in theater and film. But ounce changed television. It was the beginning of HBO’s reign of high-end, offbeat, artistic stuff. Stuff that goes back to the great cinema of the ’60s and ’70s,” he told The Associated Press in 2011.
“If the opportunity for ounce came, I jumped. And when I read the pilot for The cableas a guy who never wanted to appear on tv i realized i had to be on this show.
Reddick is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
— with files from The Associated Press
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