LOS ANGELES — “The Wire” star Lance Reddick, 60, died Friday, his publicist stated.
Mia Hansen, the actor’s publicist, stated Reddick “handed away all of the sudden” and that it was from “pure causes.” She didn’t present additional particulars.
“Lance might be enormously missed. Please respect his household’s privateness right now,” Hansen stated in an announcement.
The Baltimore native was finest identified for his portrayal of a hometown police lieutenant, Cedric Daniels, within the acclaimed HBO drama “The Wire,” which ran from 2002 to 2008. He was additionally featured within the “John Wick” film franchise.
His profession began with small roles, together with components within the Denzel Washington film “The Siege” in 1998, and on tv’s “West Wing” within the late ’90s and into the early ’00s.
About the identical time, HBO’s “Oz” showcased Reddick’s appearing chops as he portrayed a Jamaican drug vendor who turned out to be an undercover police detective who had infiltrated the prison underworld.
Reddick additionally had a recurring function on tv’s “Regulation & Order: Particular Victims Unit.”
Nevertheless it was because the incorruptible Lt. Daniels that Riddick achieved stardom. His cop was calculating, honest and unafraid of an influence construction that might work in opposition to public security.
His defining second got here when the town’s mayor requested for extra favorable crime knowledge.
Reddick’s efficiency opened for him community tv roles (“Misplaced,” “Fringe”) and big-screen hits (“White Home Down”). He additionally starred in “Bosch.”
Most just lately, Reddick starred as Charon within the John Wick film franchise. The film’s stars are within the midst of a press tour for “John Wick: Chapter 4” forward of its March 24 launch.
On Friday, fellow “Wire” actor Wendell Pierce (Det. Bunk Moreland) tweeted, partly, “As gifted a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of sophistication. Godspeed my buddy. You made your mark right here.”
“Bosch” creator Michael Connelly tweeted, “Greater than being a key ingredient within the Bosch present, he was a beautiful particular person, buddy and collaborator. He took a personality who was paper-thin within the books and made Irvin Irving.”
Comic and tv author Mike Drucker stated Reddick’s voice “may reduce by means of metal.” “This dude made each film and present he was in higher,” he tweeted.
Reddick’s mother and father have been educators: His father taught highschool English and social research; his mom was a music teacher. He adopted his mom’s ardour, finding out classical piano on the Quaker highschool he attended earlier than enrolling on the College of Rochester after which on the prestigious Eastman College of Music.
He did not end, and his big-stage aspirations did not materialize.
Reddick tried appearing and utilized to Yale to review drama. He was accepted, a second described in an official biography as a shock. It helped to convey Reddick to the world after he scored an understudy function on the Broadway hit “Angels in America,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning manufacturing that starred Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, and Tony Award-winner Jeffrey Wright.
He’s survived by his spouse, Stephanie Reddick, and kids Yvonne Nicole and Christopher Reddick.
Dennis Romero contributed.