Lance Reddick, 60, who starred in TV series Fringe, The Wire and Bosh and films like the John Wick franchise, died of natural causes Friday morning.
TMZ was the first to report the news and say that Reddick was found dead at his Studio City home Friday morning.
Reddick returns to the role of Charon in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which is scheduled for release on 24 March. Reddick was also set to appear in the upcoming Ballerina spinoff starring Ana de Armas.
He was born on 7 June 1962 in Baltimore. He studied music composition and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Rochester. He moved to Boston in the ’80s and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale in 1994. His first significant TV role came in Season 4 of HBO’s prison drama “Oz” in 2000. He played Detective Johnny Basil, an undercover officer who tries to shut down a drug ring but becomes addicted himself and murders a corrupt cop.
Reddick was then cast as Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels, one of the leads, on HBOs The Wire in 2002. He had previously auditioned for the roles of Bubbles (which went to Andre Royo) and William “Bunk” Moreland (Wendell Pierce). He was the head of the narcotics division and rose through the ranks during the show’s five-season run. The show’s finale saw him resign as commissioner and become a criminal defence lawyer.
In 2008, shortly after The Wire ended, Reddick joined Fringe as Phillip Broyles, a hardnosed Homeland Security agent in charge of the Fringe Division. The group investigated cases relating to fringe science, pseudoscience and alternate timelines. In 2014, he was cast as another police chief, but this time on Amazon’s “Bosch” series, which ended in 2021. He played deputy chief Irvin Irving and was nominated for a Saturn Award for the role after earning two nods for Fringe.
More recently, Reddick starred as Albert Wesker last year on Netflix’s short-lived series “Resident Evil,” an adaptation of the popular zombie video game. He also provided voice work on Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Legend of Vox Machina,” which was released in January. His other voice roles included the villain Sylens in the two popular PlayStation games “Horizon: Zero Dawn” and “Horizon: Forbidden West,” which was released last year, plus voicing Commander Zavala in the long-running “Destiny” franchise.
Reddick other upcoming roles include Hulu’s White Men Can’t Jump remake, set to release 19 May, Danny DeVito’s St. Sebastian, Netflix’s Shirley Chisholm biopic Shirley, Showtime’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and the space drama Apteros.
Throughout his nearly 30-year career, he also appeared in many popular TV series, including Lost, CSI: Miami, and American Horror Story: Coven.
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.