Lance Reddick, star of “The Wire” and “John Wick,” has died at age 60

(CNN) Lance Reddick, an actor known for his portrayal of Cedric Daniels on “The Wire” and his work in the “John Wick” franchise, has died, according to his representative Mia Hansen.

He was 60.

Hansen said Reddick died suddenly Friday morning “of natural causes.”

“Lance will be greatly missed,” she said.

Reddick, an actor whose commanding presence often drew him into roles that demanded intensity and gravitas, began his career in the 1990s with appearances on shows like “Undercover New York” and “The West Wing.”

As a teenager growing up in Baltimore, he intended to become a musician, he once told The Guardian. He took up acting as a means of supporting his young family and hoping to lay the groundwork for a music career.

He began landing roles in regional theater and at age 29 applied—and was accepted—to Yale University to study drama, which he eventually graduated from.

In New York, he first auditioned for “Wire” creator David Simon for his project “The Corner,” an HBO miniseries that came out two years before Simon’s “The Wire.”

Although Reddick did not appear in this project, he scored his first regular role on HBO’s Oz, where he played an undercover detective posing as a prisoner.

Simon eventually cast him as Lt. Daniels of the narcotics unit, a breakout role for Reddick.

Although “The Wire” was never a big hit, its critical and industry acclaim was huge.

“I thought it would be a hit, but I didn’t expect it to take this long to catch on, or that it would become this phenomenon,” Reddick told the Guardian. “Or that it will be so ignored by the industry. It really disappointed me because I knew how good we were; we all knew.’

His “Wire” co-star Wendall Pierce remembered Reddick as “a man of great strength and grace” in a tribute Friday.

“As talented a musician as he is an actor” Pierce wrote. “The epitome of class. A sudden unexpected acute painful grief for our artistic family. Unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. God, my friend. You left your mark here.”

Reddick has added plenty of credits to his name since “The Wire,” with a memorable role in “Lost” and regular roles on Fox’s sci-fi series “Fringe,” Amazon’s “Bosch” and, more recently, the Netflix version of “Resident Evil” .”

Reddick told the Los Angeles Times in 2019 that his “Lost” character was supposed to become a series regular, but plans changed when he booked a regular role on “Fringe.” However, he said, even his brief appearance on one of the biggest TV shows of the time introduced him to a new kind of fame.

“It was the first time the fans were really weird. I was living in New York at the time and it seemed like everyone was stopping me from talking about Lost. I went from being a small, niche celebrity to being completely recognizable,” he said.



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In addition to the John Wick films, his supporting film work included One Night in Miami, Godzilla vs. Kong and the upcoming remake of White People Can’t Jump.

Despite his signature intensity, Reddick also showed a lighter side, guest starring on the sitcom Young Sheldon and the sketch show Key and Peele.

Reddick was also the voice of Commander Zavala in Bungie’s Destiny and Destiny 2 video games — the latter of which saw a new expansion released in late February. He was one of a handful of voice actors in the game, serving as the voice of Destiny’s vanguard since 2014.

Reddick stars in the fourth “John Wick” film, which opens in theaters next weekend.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” Chad Stahelski, the director of John Wick: Chapter Four, and Reddick’s co-star Keanu Reeves said in a joint statement to Deadline. . “He was the 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 loving memory. We will miss him very much.”

Reddick is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.

Donations in his memory can be made at momcares.org in Baltimore, according to his representative.

CNN’s Angela Fritz contributed to this report.

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