Actor Lance Reddick, whose many credits included The Wire, Bosch, and John Wick, died on Friday, March 17, 2023. According to his reps, he passed of natural causes. He was 60 years old.
“Lance was taken from us far too soon. Thank you for all your overwhelming love, support, and beautiful stories shared on these platforms over the last day,” his wife Stephanie Reddick wrote on social media. “I see your messages and can’t begin to express how grateful I am to have them.”
Reddick was known for playing men of authority and ones who commanded respect, like Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels on The Wire and Continental Hotel concierge Charon in the John Wick film series.
His first major role was in the prison drama Oz as an undercover cop turned inmate. Reddick starred in The Wire from 2002 to 2008, moving up the ladder from police lieutenant to the rank of deputy commissioner. He quickly followed that with another series, starring in Fringe as Phillip Broyles, head of the Fringe division and special agent for Homeland Security. Then he moved on to star in the crime drama Bosch as police chief Irvin Irving. One of his more recent series was the short-lived Netflix Resident Evil adaptation on which he played scientist Albert Wesker.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 7, 1962, he studied music composition and earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of Rochester. From there, he earned a Master of Fine Arts from Yale, then made his onscreen debut in a 1996 episode of New York Undercover.
Reddick’s other notable credits included Great Expectations, Don’t Say a Word, Lost, Jonah Hex, White House Down, Oldboy, American Horror Story, Angel Has Fallen, Corporate, Godzilla vs. Kong, and his last complete role was the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 4.