(The Herald Post) – The world of film and television is in mourning following the loss of Lance Reddick, a renowned American actor known for his roles in series such as The Wire and films in the John Wick franchise. Reddick passed away suddenly Friday morning at the age of 60, his publicist Mia Hansen confirmed in a statement. The news was first reported by TMZ, the well-known celebrity website.
Lance Reddick was found lifeless at his residence in Studio City, California, at approximately 9:30 a.m. Friday. Although the cause of his death has not yet been confirmed, it is attributed to natural causes. The actor leaves behind his wife Stephanie Reddick, with whom he shared more than two decades of marriage, and his children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Reddick studied music at the University of Rochester and later earned his MFA from the prestigious Yale University. Throughout his career, he was noted for playing distinguished, tall, taciturn and elegant characters, often wearing impeccable suits or uniforms.
One of his most iconic roles was that of Cedric Daniels in the series The Wire, which he played for five seasons. More recently, Reddick was involved in the John Wick franchise, starring Keanu Reeves. The fourth installment, titled John Wick: Chapter 4, is soon to be released.
In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Reddick said, “I’m an artist at heart. I feel like I’m very good at what I do. When I went to drama school, I knew I was at least as talented as the other students, but because I was black and not good looking, I knew I would have to work hard to be the best I could be and be noticed.”
In addition to his work in film and television, Lance Reddick was also known for his involvement in the video game world, playing Sylens in two installments of Horizon on PlayStation and Commander Zavala in Destiny 2. In 2021, he earned a SAG Award nomination as part of the cast of the film One Night in Miami, directed by Regina King.
Throughout his career, Reddick had recurring roles in popular television shows such as Fringe, Bosch, Oz and Lost. He also worked as a voice actor on projects such as The Vindicators, DuckTales, Rick and Morty and Castlevania. A posthumous project he participated in is Percy Jackson and the Olympians, an American fantasy series to be broadcast on Disney+ based on the novels by Rick Riordan, in which he plays Zeus.
On Wednesday before his death, Reddick posted a selfie video on social media in which he appeared at home with his dogs, instead of attending the New York City premiere of Wick 4. In the video, the actor showed his charisma and closeness to his fans, one of the qualities that made him so beloved by the public.
Lance Reddick’s colleagues and friends were quick to express their sadness and dismay at the news of his passing. Through social networks, they shared their condolences and remembered the actor for his talent and dedication to the art.
Lance Reddick will be remembered for his undeniable talent and for leaving an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. His legacy in film, television and video games will live on in the memories of his fans, colleagues and loved ones.
Reddick’s family has requested privacy during this difficult time. Details about the funeral and possible tributes to the noted actor are expected to be announced in the coming days.
In the meantime, fans of Lance Reddick will be able to enjoy his final performance in John Wick: Chapter 4, where he will once again demonstrate his ability to bring memorable and iconic characters to life. His work in Percy Jackson and the Olympians will also be an opportunity to appreciate the legacy he left in the industry and celebrate his acting career.