Actor Lance Reddick, best known for his roles in HBO’s “The Wire” and the “John Wick” movies, died today at his Studio City home at age 60.
Reddick “passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes,” his publicist, Mia Hansen, said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Police and Fire departments — without identifying Reddick — confirmed that both agencies responded Friday morning to a medical emergency at a home in the 12000 block of Sarah Street, near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Brian Humphrey of the LAFD said one person was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reddick played Lt. Cedric Daniels on HBO’s “The Wire” and reprised his role as Charon — a crime hotel desk clerk — in the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 4” starring Keanu Reeves, which is set to be released in theaters March 24.
Reddick was born in Baltimore in 1962. He received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in the 1980s and a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama in 1994.
By the late 1990s, Reddick started to land small roles on television series, including “The Nanny” and “The West Wing.”
In 2000, he landed his first major TV role on the fourth season of HBO’s prison drama “Oz.” He played Detective Johnny Basil, a cop who goes undercover at the prison.
Reddick continued television work with guest appearances in “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Law & Order.” His next major television role came in 2002 when he was cast as Lt. Cedric Daniels in the second season of the HBO series “The Wire.” The drama was acclaimed for its realistic portraits of police officers and residents in a Baltimore neighborhood.
In 2014, Reddick was cast as Los Angeles Police Department Chief Irvin Irving in the Amazon Prime series “Bosch.”
Reddick appeared in all four `John Wick” movies. 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,” they said in the joint statement. “He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly.”
Most recently, Reddick 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 to momcares.org, based in Baltimore, his publicist said.