Lance Reddick, the actor known best for playing Cedric Daniels in The Wire and Charon in the John Wick franchise has passed away at age 60. TMZ is reporting that Lance’s body was found at his home in Studio City this morning around 9:30 AM. The actor’s cause of death is currently unknown, but law enforcement sources told TMZ the actor’s passing appeared to be natural. Reddick was set to reprise his role as Charon in John Wick: Chapter 4, which is being released in theaters next week.
Reddick had over 100 acting credits to his name with upcoming projects such as the White Men Can’t Jump remake and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Reddick was also signed on to play Charon once again in the upcoming John Wick spin-off, Ballerina. Reddick has been busy promoting John Wick: Chapter 4, and posted on social media only one day ago in honor of National Puppy Day. Reddick was expected to make an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show next week ahead of his new movie’s release.
Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and studied classical music composition at the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music where he got his Bachelor of Music degree before earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale in 1994. Reddick began acting onscreen in the 1990s, first appearing in episodes of New York Undercover, Swift Justice, and The Nanny. His first film role was playing Anton Le Farge in Alfonso Cuarón’s Great Expectation in 1998. Reddick’s film credits included The Siege, I Dreamed of Africa, Don’t Say a Word, Tennessee, The Way of War, Jonah Hex, Won’t Back Down, White House Down, The Guest, Little Woods, Sylvie’s Love, One Night in Miami, Godzilla vs. Kong, and more.
Reddick’s television appearances included The West Wing, Falcone, Oz, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Miami, LOST, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Fringe, The Blacklist, Ricky and Morty, American Horror Story, DuckTales, Castlevania, Bosch, and more.
Reddick just wrapped production on the first season of Percy Jackson and the Olympians which will see him playing Zeus. As for the John Wick franchise, news of Reddick’s involvement in Ballerina was announced in December. “Charon is an indispensable part of the world of Wick. It’s great to know that Lance will continue to make his mark on this franchise,” producer Erica Lee said in a statement. The project wrapped production in February which means fans will get another chance to see Reddick in the role.
Reddick married Stephanie Day in 2011. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this difficult time.