Named the causes of death of the star of “John Wick” and “The Wire” Lance Reddick
John Wick star Lance Reddick has died at the age of 60. The artist was found dead at his home in Los Angeles.
The actor, best known for playing Cedric Daniels on The Wire and for his work in the John Wick franchise, has died, according to his spokesman Mia Hansen. Lance Reddick was 60 years old.
Mia Hansen told CNN that Reddick died suddenly on Friday morning "of natural causes." “We will miss Lance very much,” she said.
Reddick, an actor whose mesmerizing presence often landed him in roles that demanded intensity and seriousness, began his career in the 1990s with shows like New York Undercover and The West Wing.
As a teenager growing up in Baltimore, he set out to be a musician, he once told The Guardian. He took up acting to support his young family and hopefully lay the foundation for a musical career.
Lance began earning roles in regional theater, and at age 29 he applied—and was accepted—to Yale University to study drama, eventually graduating.
In New York, Reddick was first cast by The Wire creator David Simon for his project The Corner, an HBO miniseries that aired two years before Simon's The Wire. Although Reddick was not involved in that project, he went on to star in his first regular role on the HBO series Oz, where he played an undercover detective posing as a prisoner.
David Simon eventually appointed him to the role of lieutenant in the Narcotics Division. The role of Cedric Daniels in The Wire was a breakthrough for Reddick.
"I thought the show was going to be a hit, but I didn't expect it to take this long to catch on, or to become such a phenomenon," Lance Reddick told The Guardian. “Or that it would be so ignored by the industry. It really hit me because I knew how good we were; we all did it.”
His "The Wire" colleague Wendell Pierce recalls Reddick as "a man of great strength and grace."
“As talented a musician as he was as an actor,” writes Pierce. - Embodiment of the class. Sudden, unexpected, acute, painful grief for our artistic family. Unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Bon voyage, my friend. You left your mark here.”
Lance Reddick has added a host of roles to his name since The Wire, with a memorable role on Lost and recurring roles on the Fox sci-fi series Fringe, the Bosch series from Amazon and, most recently, the Netflix version of Resident Evil.
Reddick told the Los Angeles Times in 2019 that his character on Lost was supposed to be a series regular, but plans changed when he booked a series regular on Fringe. Although, according to him, even his brief participation in one of the biggest television shows of the time brought him a new kind of fame.
“It was the first time fans acted really weird. I was living in New York at the time and it seemed like everyone was stopping me to talk about Lost. I went from small, niche fame to being completely recognizable,” he said.
In addition to the John Wick films, his supporting roles in films included One Night in Miami, Godzilla vs. Kong, and the upcoming remake of White Men Can't Jump.
Despite his trademark intensity, Reddick also showed a lighter side with roles in the sitcom Young Sheldon and the sketch show Key and Peel.