John Wick, The Wire actor Lance Reddick dies at 60

Actor Lance Reddick, best known for his roles in the HBO films The Wire and John Wick, passed away today at his Studio City home at the age of 60.

Reddick “passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes,” his publicist Mia Hansen said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Police and Fire Department, without identifying Reddick, confirmed that both agencies responded to a medical emergency Friday morning at a home on the 12000 block of Sarah Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Brian Humphrey of LAFD said one person was pronounced dead at the scene.

Reddick played Lieutenant Cedric Daniels on the HBO series The Wire and reprized his role as Charon, a crime hotel employee, in the upcoming film John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, which is due in theaters on March 24.

Reddick was born in Baltimore in 1962. He received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in the 1980s and a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama in 1994.

By the late 1990s, Reddick began landing small roles on television series including The Babysitter and The West Wing.

In 2000, he landed his first major television role in the fourth season of the HBO prison drama Oz. He played Detective Johnny Basil, an undercover cop in a prison.

Reddick continued to work in television, making guest appearances on Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Law & Order. His next major television role came in 2002, when he was cast as Lieutenant Cedric Daniels in the second season of the HBO series The Wire. The drama received acclaim for its realistic portrayals of police officers and residents of the Baltimore area.

In 2014, Reddick landed the role of Los Angeles Police Department Chief Irving Irving on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.

Reddick has appeared in all four John Wick films. In a statement to Variety, John Wick: Chapter 4 star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski said they plan to dedicate the film to Reddick.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” the joint statement said. “He was a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his blessed memory. We will miss him greatly.”

More recently, Reddick has lent his voice to several animated series, including Paradise PD and The Vindicators.

Reddick is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and his children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Donations in his memory can be made at in Baltimore, according to his publicist.

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