Lance Reddick Dies: Stars Pay Tribute to ‘The Wire’ & ‘Bosch’ Star
Lance Reddick, star for his role in the hit series The Wire and the popular action movie franchise John Wick, has died at 60 years old.
The actor was found in his Studio City home on Friday, March 17, around 9:30 AM by law enforcement, according to TMZ.
Reddick had been in the middle of doing a press tour for the latest John Wick 4 film in which he reprised his role as Charon and was scheduled to guest appear next week on Kelly Clarkson’s show.
Keanu Reeves and stuntman Chad Stahelski released a statement to Variety mourning the loss of their fellow John Wick cast member, writing, “We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick. He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.”
Outside of John Wick, the Oz alum is best known for playing fictional Baltimore Police Department officer Cedrick Daniels on the hit HBO series The Wire, appearing in all five seasons.
“A man of great strength and grace,” fellow The Wire alum Wendell Pierce wrote online. “As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. An sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP”
A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. An sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP pic.twitter.com/Xy0pl5c4NR
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) March 17, 2023
He’s known for other television works like Fringe, Lost, Castlevania, Resident Evil, and Bosch, where he played Los Angeles city councilman Irvin Irving. He’s also made several big screen appearances in films like Godzilla Vs. Kong and Angel Has Fallen.
Lance also had a few upcoming projects in the works. He depicts the Greek god Zeus in the upcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Lance earned a music degree from the University of Rochester and his MFA from Yale. When he initially auditioned for the roles of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland in The Wire, he was cast as Daniels, setting up his three largest television roles as a police commander.
Shocked and saddened by the news that Lance Reddick has passed away. Truly heartbreaking.
R.I.P. My friend. You will be missed.
— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) March 17, 2023
In 2008, he was cast as the head of an FBI department investigating paranormal activities, Phillip Broyles, in Fringe alongside fellow Oz alum Kirk Acevedo and Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams, where he also made reoccurring appearances.
In 2014, he was cast as the chief of police turned councilman in Bosch.
Lance was also known for video game work in titles like 2017’s Horizon Zero Dawn.
The actor is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
Check out a few tributes below.
Just found out Lance Reddick just passed away.
I’ve worked with Lance on OZ and then on Fringe. Too many stories and good times with Lance.
You’ll be terribly missed.
Jesus he was taken way too soon.♂️
Rest easy my friend❤️ pic.twitter.com/GFgc1hI8dR
— KID VICIOUS (@kirkacevedo) March 17, 2023
I can’t take it no more.
rip Lance Reddick https://t.co/Q1IrJGvOO2
— Plug 5. (@questlove) March 17, 2023
Deeply sad to hear of the passing of Lance Reddick. An incredibly joyful human being and incredible actor. Working with him on “Corporate” was a masterclass. My deepest sympathies to his family and everyone who was touched by his presence.
— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick gone. Damn.
— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) March 17, 2023
we love you lance reddick pic.twitter.com/bRgWYUeDTY
— Stephen Ford (@StephenSeanFord) March 17, 2023
I got to work with Lance Reddick a number of years ago — and it was such an honor. He was impeccable in every possible way. I am stunned by this news. Absolute tragedy…
— (@DrLawyercop) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick was an incredibly nice guy, and an incredibly talented actor. This is heartbreaking. My love goes out to all his family, friends, and collaborators.
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick died. FUCK! That’s my dude, man. We met briefly years ago when I wrote a piece on The Wire for VIBE and we have mutual friends like Clark Johnson and Wendell Pierce and everyone connected to The Wire. So sorry he’s gone. He was great on Bosch too and John Wick.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) March 17, 2023
So sad to hear about Lance Reddick. What a wonderful human. He was a frequent guest and supporter of TGA, even recorded promo VOs one year for us. An amazing actor who gave so much to games, gone far too soon. pic.twitter.com/rn0jXnJ8z3
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 17, 2023
Lance Reddick was an beautiful and compelling actor. And a beautiful person. He worked with my mom Anne Meara in her play “Afterplay”, playing Raziel, the waiter slash angel of death. He was exquisite in that and all he did.
Nothing is lost. 💙
— Ben Stiller (@BenStiller) March 17, 2023
Unacceptable. Death, I want your badge and scythe on my desk at 9am tomorrow. https://t.co/nTG3G1fxlZ
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) March 17, 2023
Damn… he was such a great guy and a great actor. @lancereddick #RIP pic.twitter.com/0RqXeKgcuj
— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) March 17, 2023
RIP to one of my favorite actors the incomparable Lance Reddick … may his memory be a blessing to all his friends and family pic.twitter.com/lDINyraEm0
— Andrew Zimmern (@andrewzimmern) March 17, 2023