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Lance Reddick, a star of “The Wire” and “John Wick,” dies at age 60

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Lance Reddick, a well-known actor who appeared in “The Wire” and went on to play significant roles in the “John Wick” film series and the Amazon series “Bosch,” passed away on Friday, March 17 at the age of 60, according to US media agencies.

The singer and actor passed away abruptly on Friday in his Los Angeles home from natural causes. According to his publicist, police were called to the actor’s home at around 09:30 local time (16:30 GMT).

His publicist, Mia Hansen, issued a statement that read, “Lance will be deeply missed. Please respect the privacy of his family at this time.

Reddick was in the middle of a publicity trip for the upcoming fourth John Wick film, which is scheduled to hit theaters on March 24.

WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 20: Lance Reddick attends the LA Premiere of Lionsgate’s “Angel Has Fallen” at Regency Village Theatre on August 20, 2019 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

Also, he will be seen in the upcoming John Wick spinoff Ballerina, which also stars Ana de Armas.

Over his 25-year acting career, Reddick, a native of Baltimore, made appearances in over a dozen movies and television programs.

In the John Wick films, he played Charon, the hotel concierge at The Continental Hotel, a center of the New York underworld. He appeared in the first movie, both of its sequels, and the fourth movie is expected to feature him.

The Wire, a television series that aired from 2002 to 2008, featured the actor in his breakthrough role as Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels. The series addressed the drug trade in Baltimore from the viewpoints of both law enforcement and drug consumers and dealers.


Reddick admitted to expecting the show to be a “success” but not realizing it would “become this phenomenon” in an interview with the Guardian in 2010.

The actor appeared in both the science fiction action film Godzilla vs. Kong and the Resident Evil Netflix series.

He was also well-known for his voice acting roles, particularly those in the Rick and Morty TV series.

Reddick earned a bachelor’s degree in classical music from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York before enrolling in the Yale School of Drama.

For his part in the movie One Night in Miami, he and other cast members received SAG Award nominations in 2021.


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