The actor whose credits also include sci-fi series Fringe and action thriller White House Down has died of natural causes
Lance Reddick died: Lance Reddick, a well-known actor recognized for his performances in “The Wire” and the John Wick franchise, reportedly passed away at the age of 60. His representative has confirmed that he died naturally at his residence in Los Angeles. Recently, Reddick had been conducting interviews for his upcoming role in John Wick: Chapter 4, set to be released next week. However, he chose not to attend the film’s New York premiere earlier this week.
Reddick gained significant recognition for his portrayal of Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels in HBO’s acclaimed crime drama series, “The Wire.” Interestingly, he initially auditioned for the roles of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland before landing the role of Daniels. The show was notable for featuring a predominantly black cast, which was relatively rare during a time when television predominantly showcased white actors and stories.Reflecting on his experience in The Wire, Lance Reddick expressed in an interview with The Guardian, “It wasn’t until I got off The Wire that I realized that wasn’t the normal experience. In retrospect, I see that it was really extraordinary.”
During a 2019 interview, Lance Reddick described his role in The Wire as “an iconic piece of history” and expressed feeling “very fortunate and proud of the work we did.”
In addition to his notable role in The Wire, Lance Reddick had a successful career in television. He appeared in acclaimed shows such as Oz, Lost, Bosch, and had a lead role in the sci-fi drama Fringe. Prior to his passing, he also filmed the role of Zeus for the upcoming TV adaptation of Percy Jackson.
Reddick’s filmography included notable movies such as “White House Down,” “Sylvie’s Love,” “Brother to Brother,” and his role in the highly successful John Wick franchise. In addition to his posthumous appearance in the fourth John Wick film, he was reportedly involved in filming a role for the spin-off movie “Ballerina,” starring Ana de Armas. Furthermore, audiences can anticipate seeing him in the upcoming remake of “White Men Can’t Jump.”
In a statement to the Reporter, David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” expressed his deep sadness. He described Lance Reddick as a consummate professional, a dedicated collaborator, a kind-hearted person, and a dear friend. Simon expressed his devastation over Reddick’s untimely passing, stating that it was profoundly difficult for those who knew and loved him to come to terms with the loss.
Wendell Pierce, Reddick’s fellow co-star on the show, took to Twitter to pay tribute to him. Pierce described Reddick as a man of immense strength and grace, highlighting his talents not only as an actor but also as a musician. Pierce expressed his profound grief on behalf of their artistic family, acknowledging the sudden and painful loss they were experiencing. He also extended his sympathies to Reddick’s personal family and loved ones, recognizing the unimaginable suffering they were going through. Pierce concluded his tribute by wishing Reddick well on his journey, acknowledging the indelible mark he left during his time here and offering his heartfelt condolences.
Isiah Whitlock Jr., a fellow cast member of Lance Reddick, expressed his surprise and sorrow over the news of Reddick’s death. He found it deeply saddening and offered his condolences to Reddick’s family and loved ones. Whitlock emphasized that Reddick would be greatly missed and wished him a peaceful journey. He acknowledged the significant impact Reddick had during his lifetime and expressed his heartfelt appreciation for their friendship.
James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, took to Twitter to express his grief over the loss of Lance Reddick. Gunn described Reddick as not only a highly talented actor but also an incredibly kind person. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to Reddick’s family, friends, and colleagues during this heartbreaking time. Similarly, renowned author Stephen King also paid tribute to Reddick, referring to him as a “wonderful actor” and a “wonderful man” in a tweet.
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and children, Yvonne Nicole and Christopher.
A kindhearted soul, a wonderful human, and a true friend. Be seeing you, Lance Reddick. pic.twitter.com/btBpdjLY5d— John Wick: Chapter 4 (@JohnWickMovie) March 17, 2023
Halfway through re-watching THE WIRE comes the news that Lance Reddick has died at the horribly unfair age of 60. Wonderful actor; wonderful man. This is sad news.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick has been part of the HBO family for over 20 years, starring in several projects including iconic roles in Oz and The Wire. He is held in the highest regard by all who knew and worked with him and we are proud to be part of his legacy. He will be missed dearly. pic.twitter.com/hofBbkY5P8— HBO Max (@hbomax) March 17, 2023
RIP to the great Lance Reddick, a welcome presence in everything from THE WIRE to JOHN WICK to BOSCH.— The Black List (@theblcklst) March 17, 2023
Lance starred in our first live read, @StephanyFolsom's 1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY – we are so grateful for the time we spent with him.
Thanks for all you shared with us, Lance. pic.twitter.com/397rPm913w
Lance Reddick was an incredibly nice guy, and an incredibly talented actor. This is heartbreaking. My love goes out to all his family, friends, and collaborators.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 17, 2023
A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. An sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP pic.twitter.com/Xy0pl5c4NR— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) March 17, 2023