Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Lance Reddick best known for his roles on TV and film, including The Wire, Fringe and the John Wick franchise passed away at age 60 on Friday at his home in Studio City, California. Law enforcement officials reported to TMZ that his death appeared to be from natural causes.
Lance Solomon Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 7, 1962. As a teenager, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and a summer program teaching music theory and composition at the Walden School and then studied classical music composition at University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree. After that Reddick attended the Yale School of Drama where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.
After appearing in films such as Great Expectations, Godzilla, and The Siege and TV shows such as The Nanny, The West Wing, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Reddick was cast as Cedric Daniels in the HBO series The Wire. He joined ABC’s series Lost in 2008, where he played Matthew Abaddon, an employee of Charles Widmore, in multiple episodes.
In early 2008, he was cast in a key role of Phillip Broyles, the head of an FBI department investigating paranormal activities in the pilot of Fringe. In 2014, Reddick appeared as Charon in the action-thriller film John Wick, a role he has continued to reprise, up to and including the latest installment in the John Wick franchise, John Wick: Chapter 4.
In addition to television, Reddick has also served as a voice actor on projects including The Vindicators, DuckTales, Rick and Morty and Castlevania.
His upcoming projects include 20th Century’s remake of White Men Can’t Jump and Shirley, Netflix’s biopic of former Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm. He was also slated to appear in the John Wick spinoff Ballerina, as well as The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial.
Reddick was fairly active on social media and loved his dogs, frequently posting photos and videos of himself with his dogs. Just the day before he passed away, while his co-stars were in New York for the premiere of John Wick: Chapter 4 at the AMC Lincoln Square Theater, Reddick was at his home cuddling with his dogs:
As news of his passing spread, many took to social media to pay their respects
Reddick is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Donations in his memory can be made to www.momcares.org
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