Lance Solomon Reddick who was born on the 7th of June, 1962, and died on the 17th of March, 2023, was an American actor and musician. He played the roles of Cedric Daniels in the movie “The Wire” (2002-2008), Philip Broyles in “Fringe” (2008-2013) and Chief Irving in “Bosch” (2014-2020). He is best recognized for his roles as David Gentry in “Angel Has Fallen” and Charon in the “John Wick” film series (2014–2023).
As Detective Johnny Basil in Oz (1997–2003), Matthew Abaddon in Lost (2004–2010), and Albert Wesker in the Netflix series Resident Evil (2022), he was also well-known for the role. He voiced and provided similarities of his Martin Hutch video game character in Quantum Break, Sirens of Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West, and Commander of the Destiny franchise his Zavala.
Lance Solomon Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Dorothy Gee (a teacher) and Solomon Reddick (a lawyer). He attended Friends School in Baltimore. During his adolescent years, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and also underwent a summer program in music theory and composition at the Walden School. Though his musical talent was made manifest at Friends School of Baltimore. Reddick graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in classical music composition from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s with the intent to become a rock star according to him.
But his Miles Davis and Sting-influenced musical style never fit the rock star pattern, and he married his college sweetheart Suzanne Lewis in 1986, with whom he has two children. Later, he found himself doing odd jobs, including serving as a singing waiter on a riverboat. He was injured doing menial jobs, and had to lie in bed at hospital for days. Lying on the hospital bed made him think about how to support his family, which prompted a decision to turn to acting when he realized more auditions were available.
Early in the 1990s, Reddick enrolled at Yale School of Drama, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in 1994. After he concluded his Masters program 2 years later, he secured his first ever onscreen role, on New York Undercover; he debuted on-screen in 1998’s ill-judged modern-set Great Expectations.
Following auditions for the parts of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland in the HBO series, The Wire, Reddick was chosen for the role of Cedric Daniels. He appeared in several segments of the ABC drama Lost in 2008 as Matthew Abaddon, a worker for Charles Widmore. He was one of the HBO series Oz’s five performers. It was his third appearance in this drama. Reddick was considered for the part of Mr. Eko by Lost producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, but he was busy shooting The Wire.
To fulfill his becoming a rock star promise he made to himself, Reddick released his debut album Contemplations & Remembrances in 2007, and in early 2008 was cast in a key role in the pilot for his Fringe, co-starring Kirk Acevedo, also the “Oz” character. Philip Broyles, the director of an FBI division that looks into paranormal activity, was portrayed by Reddick. Reddick described the character as “a really tough ass, but he’s also one of the good guys. “Like Lost, Fringe was co-designed and produced by J.J. Abrams. Reddick’s ability to appear in both Lost and Fringe during the 2008–2009 television season was questioned. Reddick had a role in the suspenseful 2013 movie White House Down. He appeared on his YouTube web series DR0NE and was also credited as a co-producer.
In 2014, Reddick played the role of Charon in the action thriller John Wick, and played the same role in the two sequels. It was announced in July 2021 that Reddick would play the same character in John Wick: Chapter 4. In the video games Destiny and Destiny 2 from 2014 and 2017, he provided the audio for Commander Zavala.
Also in 2014, he began playing Chief He’s Irving in the Amazon Prime series He’s Bosch. Reddick compares his three primary roles as a police commander, with his character in The Wire, Daniels, being a “cop at heart” and his Fringe character, Broyles, a “soldier” and Irving is a “typical politician”.
Reddick has voiced his television commercial for Cree LED Bulbs.
In 2016, Reddick starred in the post-apocalyptic horror film, Domestics. The movie came out on June 28, 2018. Reddick later appeared in the 2018 horror thriller Her Monster Party. In the 2017 video game Horizon Zero Dawn, he also provided the voice for the character Sylens. He repeated this part in the follow-up, Horizon Forbidden West. In 2021, Reddick will appear in the movie Godzilla vs. Kong. In 2022, Reddick played Albert Wesker in the live-action Resident Evil Netflix series, which was canceled after one season of his.
He will posthumously appear as the Greek god Zeus in his Disney+ adaptation of the book series of the same name, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and as Hellboy in the video game Hellboy.
Law enforcement personnel reportedly found Reddick’s corpse at his Studio City, California home on Friday, March 17, 2023, around 9:30 A.M., according to TMZ. Reddick died of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles on March 17, 2023, at the age of 60. Tributes were paid by colleagues and friends, including Reddick’s The Wire co-stars his Wendell Pierce and his Isiah Whitlock Jr., as well as series creator David Simon. Reddick’s John Wick co-stars Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane also paid tribute at his funeral using in-game emotes to greet him.
Reddick’s two children from his first marriage, Christopher and Yvonne, as well as his second wife Stephanie (née Day), whom he married in 2011, and a host of friends and fans were left to mourn him.