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Lance Reddick, ‘The Wire John Wick’ and ‘The Wire’ Star dies at the age of 60

Lance Reddick, who appeared in major TV shows like “The Wire,”” “Fringe” as well as “Bosch” and movies like”John Wick, “John Wick” franchise and is scheduled to release “John Wick Chapter 4” in the coming week. has died of natural causes early Friday morning. Variety has confirmed the news with his representatives. He was 60.

The body was discovered inside the Studio City home in Los Angeles early on Friday morning according to TMZ who first reported the story.

In the film “John Wick Chapter 4” that is scheduled to hit cinemas on March 24th, Reddick reprises his role as Charon the concierge of the Continental Hotel in New York City who was featured in all four films. Charon was a part of Keanu Reeves’ resigned hitman who was primarily responsible for John’s dog in the sequel and taking part the gun-toting action of the third film. Reddick was also set to be a part of the upcoming “Ballerina” sequel, which starred Ana de Armas.

Popular for his portrayal of tough police chiefs and other people of authority, Reddick was born in Baltimore on the 7th of June 1962. He studied composition for music and graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Music in the University of Rochester. He relocated from Rochester to Boston in the 1980s and was awarded an M.A. of Fine Arts from Yale in 1994. His first big TV role was in the fourth season of Season 4 on HBO’s Prison Drama “Oz” which aired in the year 2000. He was the character detective Johnny Basil, an undercover officer who is trying to stop the illegal drug trade. However, he soon becomes addicted himself, and kills an unjust cop by throwing the elevator shaft down. After being deported into Oz, Basil gets stabbed to death by Seth Gilliam’s character Clayton Hughes.

HBO later made him a Baltimore Lieutenant of the Baltimore Police Department Cedric Daniels who was one of the main characters in the TV show “The Wire” in 2002. He was previously auditioned for the role of Bubbles (which was given to Andre Royo) and William “Bunk” Moreland (Wendell Pierce). Daniels was the head of the division for narcotics and gradually rose up the ranks throughout the five seasons of the show and was frequently at odds between his supervisors. In the finale of the show, Daniels resigned his position as commissioner and was promoted to criminal defense attorney.

Following the conclusion of “The Wire” was cancelled in 2008, Reddick became a member of “Fringe” later in the year. In that year, he was Phillip Broyles, a special agent of Homeland Security and head of the Fringe division. The unit investigated cases relating the fringe, pseudoscience, and alternate timelines. In 2014 the actor was cast as a different police chief, this time, on the Amazon “Bosch” series that was cancelled in 2021. He was the the deputy police chief Irvin Irving, and was nominated for the Saturn Award for the role following two nominations on “Fringe.”

In the past, Reddick starred as Albert Wesker in the year prior to Netflix’s short-lived drama “Resident Evil,”” an adaption of the well-known zombie game. Reddick also voiced for Season 2 of Amazon’s “The Legend of Vox Machina” that debuted in January. Other voice roles he played included the antagonist Sylens in two well-known PlayStation game titles “Horizon Zero Dawn” and “Horizon: Forbidden Wild,” that were released in the year 2000 and voice acting as the character Commander Zavala as part of the ongoing “Destiny” series.

Reddick was chosen to play Zeus in the role of Greek god Zeus in Disney+’s highly anticipated “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series, which was adapted from the bestselling tween series written by Rick Rordan. Other roles he is set to play are on the Hulu’s “White men Can’t Run” remake, which is scheduled to premiere on May 19th. Danny DeVito’s “St. Sebastian,” Netflix’s Shirley Chisholm biopic “Shirley,” Showtime’s “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” and the space-based thriller “Apteros.”

Through his 30-plus years of professional experience and appearances throughout his career in “Lost,” “CSI: Miami,”” “American Horror Story: Coven,”” “The Blacklist,”” “One Night in Miami,”” “Angel Has fallen” and “Godzilla Kong vs. Kong.”

Reddick was survived by his spouse, Stephanie Reddick, and his two children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Donations can be given for momcares.org in Baltimore the city he grew up in.

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