Lance Reddick, who appeared in major TV shows like HBO’s “The Wire,” Fox’s “Fringe” and movies like the “John Wick” series, which is set to debut “John Wick: Chapter 4” next week, died of natural causes reasons friday morning, Variety has confirmed with his reps. He was 60.
He was found dead at his Studio City home in Los Angeles on Friday morning, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.
In the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 4,” due in theaters March 24, Reddick reprises his role as Charon, the concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York City, who appeared in all four entries. Charon worked with Keanu Reeve’s unretired assassin, notably looking after John’s new dog in the second installment and taking part in the gun-toting action in the third film. Reddick was also set to appear in the upcoming “Ballerina” spinoff starring Ana de Armas.
Reddick’s first major television role came in Season 4 of the HBO prison drama “Oz” in 2000. He played Detective Johnny Basil, an undercover officer who tries to shut down the drug trade, but soon becomes an addict himself and murders a corrupt officer by pushing him. down an elevator shaft. After being sent to Oz, Basil is stabbed to death by Seth Gilliam’s character Clayton Hughes.
HBO kept Reddick around and later cast him as Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels, one of the leads, on “The Wire” in 2002. He was in charge of the narcotics division and slowly rose through its ranks during the show’s five seasons, often butting heads with his superiors. In the show’s finale, he resigned from his post as commissioner and became a criminal defense attorney.
After “The Wire” ended in 2008, Reddick joined “Fringe” later that year as Phillip Broyles, a Homeland Security special agent and head of the Fringe division. The group investigated cases concerning fringe science, pseudoscience, and alternate timelines.
In 2014, Reddick was cast as another police chief, but this time on Amazon’s “Bosch” series, which will end in 2021. He played Deputy Chief Irvin Irving and was nominated for a Saturn Award for the role, after getting two nods for “Fringe ” .”
More recently, Reddick starred as Albert Wesker last year on Netflix’s short-lived series “Resident Evil,” an adaptation of the popular zombie video game. He also provided voice work on Season 2 of Amazon’s “Legend of Vox Machina,” which came out in January. He was cast as the Greek god Zeus in Disney+’s highly anticipated “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, adapted from the popular tween books by Rick Riordan. Reddick’s other upcoming roles include Hulu’s “White Men Can’t Jump” remake, due out May 19, Danny DeVito’s “St. Sebastian,” “The Caine Muttery Court-Martial,” “Apteros,” “Shirley” and “Man of Fire”.
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Donations in his memory can be made to momcares.org in Baltimore, his hometown.