It is with a heavy heart that we bid farewell to one of Hollywood’s finest actors, Lance Reddick. The Wire and John Wick franchise star passed away in his Studio City home in Los Angeles on Friday morning (March 17) at the age of 60. According to his reps, Reddick died of natural causes.
Just recently, Reddick was on a press tour promoting the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 4, which is scheduled to hit theaters next Friday (March 24). He portrayed the beloved character Charon, the Continental Hotel concierge who worked closely with Keanu Reeves’ character, Wick. The actor was also slated to appear in the upcoming White Men Can’t Jump remake, alongside a star-studded cast that includes Sinqua Wells, Jack Harlow, Teyana Taylor, Vince Staples, and J. Alphonse Nicholson.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Reddick made his major television debut back in 2000 on season four of HBO’s prison drama, Oz, where he played the role of Detective Johnny Basil. It was two years later that he cemented his name in television history by portraying Baltimore police lieutenant, Cedric Daniels, on the critically acclaimed series, The Wire. Over the course of five seasons, Reddick’s character rose up the ranks, ultimately resigning from his position as commissioner to become a criminal defense attorney.
Fellow Wire co-star Wendell Pierce paid tribute to the late actor on Twitter. “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. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP,” wrote Pierce.
It’s not just his on-screen work that was impressive. Reddick was also a popular voiceover actor, having lent his voice to popular video games like “Destiny,” “Horizon: Zero Dawn” and “Horizon: Forbidden West.” He truly had a versatile and impressive career.
It’s heartwarming to know that he leaves behind a loving family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Stephanie, and children, Yvonne Nicole and Christopher during this difficult time.
For those who want to pay their respects, donations can be made to momcares.org in Baltimore in his memory. It’s a great way to honor his memory and continue his legacy of giving back to the community.