Lance Reddick, star of The Wire and John Wick, dies at age 60

  • By Madeline Halpert
  • BBC News, New York

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Actor and musician Lance Reddick was known for starring in the John Wick film franchise and the HBO series The Wire

Lance Reddick, an actor in the popular HBO series The Wire, has died at the age of 60, according to American media.

Reddick was also known as Charon in John Wick’s action thriller film franchise.

The musician and actor died suddenly of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on Friday, his publicist said.

Police were called to the actor’s house around 0930 local time (1330 GMT), the publicist told US media.

“Lance will be greatly missed,” his publicist, Mia Hansen, said in a statement. “Please respect his family’s privacy at this time.”

Reddick was in the middle of a press tour for the fourth installment of the John Wick movies, which comes out March 24.

A resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Reddick played the role of Charon, the hotel concierge at a New York criminal underground hub called The Continental Hotel, in the John Wick movies. He appeared in the original movie, the two sequels and will appear in the fourth installment.

The actor was also known for playing Baltimore Police Lieutenant Cedric Daniels on The Wire, a series that ran from 2002 to 2008 that explored the Baltimore drug scene from the perspective of law enforcement, drug dealers, and users.

Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie, as well as a daughter, Yvonne Nicole Reddick, and a son, Christopher Reddick.

The actor appeared in the Resident Evil Netflix series and in the sci-fi action film Godzilla vs. Kong.

He was also known for his voice acting work, including for the TV series Rick and Morty.

Reddick studied classical music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree before attending the Yale School of Drama.

His death comes two years after Reddick’s co-star Michael K Williams, who played Omar on The Wire, died of an overdose. Last year, four people were charged with allegedly selling the drugs Williams used before his death.

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