In the last weeks lance reddick had been actively involved in promoting john wick 4 until suddenly, last Wednesday, he did not attend the premiere of the film in New York. Reddick had been playing Charon, manager of the Continental Hotel, since the beginning of the saga, and had already confirmed his participation in the spin-off with Ana de Armas, ballerina; also in an upcoming series of percy jackson. Today, however, the death of Reddick has been announced.
No cause of death has been disclosed. Reddick was 60 years old and was in the prime of his career, with several projects per year (another of his last films would be the remake of The whites do not know how to put it). The fourth installment will be released shortly and will feature him, without it being clear if he had time to shoot all of his part to ballerina. Beyond, however, the character he embodied in this saga, Reddick has an incombustible career behind him, both in film and on television.
Born in Baltimore in 1962, Reddick attended the Yale School of Drama. His big break came in 1997 with oz, one of the first series of the golden age of television that stimulated HBO, where he played John Basil. Reddick didn’t walk away from HBO for a few years after embodying on The Wire the most popular character of his career with the permission of Charon: the upright policeman cedric danielsone of the leaders in the crusade against drug trafficking in Baltimore.
Reddick was Daniels in all 60 episodes of The Wirea role that earned him enough praise for him to JJ Abrams I would like to collaborate with him: he did it both in the final episodes of lost like in fringe, where he played Phillip Broyles during his five seasons. In the second decade of the 2000s, his roles began to multiply, appearing in 2013 both in Assault to power as in the old boy of spike lee.
The following year he participated in The Guest and debuted in the first john wickas a henchman of the character of ian mcshane. In 2017 she played for motion capture to Sylens, central character of the video game Horizon Zero Dawn (he would play him again in the 2022 sequel, Horizon Forbidden West), while that year he returned to John Wick: Blood Pact. In 2018 he intervened in Little Woods of Nia DaCosta and the following year we could see him both in a third john wick like in Target: Washington D.C..
Come 2020 he appeared both in one night in miamiand the following year he was part of the cast of the successful Godzilla vs Kong. Returning to his link with video games, he had to play Albert Wesker in the series of resident Evil that Netflix released without much success in 2022.
the hollywood tribute
Shortly after the news broke, several industry figures, whether they have worked directly with Reddick or not, wanted to pay their respects. James Gunn has written on Twitter that “it was a guy incredibly kind, and an incredibly talented actor.” “This is heartbreaking. My love to all his family, friends and collaborators.
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 of him.
—James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 17, 2023
Isiah Whitlock Jr.a member of the family of The WireHe said he was “shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Lance Reddick.” “Rest in peace, friendYou will be missed.”
Shocked and saddened by the news that Lance Reddick has passed away. Truly heartbreaking.
RIP My friend. You will be missed.
— Isiah Whitlock Jr. (@IsiahWhitlockJr) March 17, 2023
Wendell Pierce is another actor The Wire who also wanted to pay tribute to Reddick. “A man of great strength and grace. As talented as a musician as an actor. the epitome of class. An unexpected and stinging pain for our artistic family. Unimaginable suffering for his family and loved ones.”
A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. A sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones of him. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP pic.twitter.com/Xy0pl5c4NR
—Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) March 17, 2023
The actor and director Ben Stiller has written: “Lance Reddick was a beautiful, well-rounded actor, and a wonderful person. He worked with my mother Anne Meara on her play Afterplay. He was exquisite in everything he did.”
Lance Reddick was a 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
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