Lance Reddick, star of ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ franchise, dies at 60
Lance Reddick, who starred in ‘The Wire’, ‘Fringe’ and the ‘John Wick’ franchise, has died. He was 60 years old.
The actor “suddenly” died of natural causes on Friday morning, his publicist Mia Hansen confirmed in a statement to The Associated Press.
Reddick was best known for his starring role as Baltimore Police Lieutenant Cedric Daniels on HBO’s hit series “The Wire.” His character ran the narcotics division while fighting corruption within the department.
The actor has played the versatile concierge at the Continental Hotel Charon in every film in the “John Wick” franchise, including “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which premieres March 21.
Reddick did not attend the film’s premiere in New York on Wednesday night. He posted three photos on Instagram yesterday in which he was seen relaxing on a couch with his dogs.
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Reddick starred as Special Agent Phillip Broyles on Fox’s “Fringe,” Matthew Abaddon on “Lost,” and Detective Johnny Basil on “Oz.” He portrayed Chef Irvin Irving on the Amazon series “Bosch” for its seven-year run from 2014 to 2021.
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“I’m 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 the other students, but because I was a black man and I wasn’t good looking, I knew I had to work hard to be the best I could be and to be noticed,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
The Baltimore native earned a 2021 SAG Award nomination as part of Regina King’s ensemble film “One Night in Miami.” Reddick had recurring roles on “Intelligence” and “American Horror Story.”
His other TV credits include “CSI: Miami”, “The Blacklist”, “Quantum Break” and “Resident Evil”. 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”.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.