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Lance Solomon Reddick

(1962-06-07)June 7, 1962
Died March 17, 2023(2023-03-17) (aged 60)
Education University of Rochester (BM)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation Actor, musician
Years active 1983–2023
Stephanie Day
(m. invalid year)
Children 3

Lance Solomon Reddick (June 7, 1962 – March 17, 2023) was an American actor and musician. He was best known for playing Cedric Daniels in The Wire (2002–2008), Phillip Broyles in Fringe (2008–2013), and Chief Irvin Irving in Bosch (2014–2020). In film, he was best known for starring as Charon in the John Wick franchise (2014–2023) and David Gentry in Angel Has Fallen (2019).

He was also known for portraying Detective Johnny Basil on Oz (1997–2003), Matthew Abaddon in Lost (2004–2010), and Albert Wesker in the Netflix series Resident Evil (2022). He provided the voice and likeness for video game characters Martin Hatch in Quantum Break, Sylens in Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West, and Commander Zavala in the Destiny franchise.

Early life

Lance Solomon Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dorothy Gee and Solomon Reddick. He attended Friends School of Baltimore. As a teenager, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and a summer program teaching music theory and composition at the Walden School. Reddick studied classical music composition at University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s. Reddick attended the Yale School of Drama in the early 1990s, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994.


Reddick was cast as Cedric Daniels in the HBO series The Wire, having auditioned also for the roles of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland. He joined ABC's series Lost in 2008, where he played Matthew Abaddon, an employee of Charles Widmore, in multiple episodes. He was the third of five actors from the HBO series Oz to star in the drama. Lost producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said they had been interested in Reddick for the part of Mr. Eko, but he was unavailable due to filming The Wire, so they approached Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje instead.

Reddick released his debut album Contemplations & Remembrances in 2007, and in early 2008, he was cast in a key role in the pilot of Fringe in which his fellow Oz actor, Kirk Acevedo, also had a regular role. Reddick played Phillip Broyles, the head of an FBI department investigating paranormal activities. Like Lost, Fringe was co-created and produced by J. J. Abrams. There was some doubt about whether Reddick could appear in both Lost and Fringe in the 2008–2009 television season. However, Abrams stated that, even though Reddick was a series regular on Fringe, he would do episodes of Lost whenever required. Reddick appeared in the 2013 thriller White House Down. He starred in the YouTube web series DR0NE, where he was also credited as a co-producer.

In 2014, Reddick appeared as Charon in the action-thriller film John Wick, a role he has reprised in its two sequels. In July 2021, it was confirmed that Reddick would reprise his role in John Wick: Chapter 4. He voiced the character Commander Zavala in the 2014 and 2017 video games Destiny and Destiny 2, respectively.

Also in 2014, he started portraying Chief Irvin Irving in the Amazon Prime series Bosch. Comparing his three large roles as police commanders, Reddick said that Daniels, his character from The Wire, is "a cop at heart", while Broyles, his Fringe character, is "a soldier", and Irving "is the quintessential politician".

Reddick was a spokesman in television commercials for Cree LED Bulbs.

In 2016, Reddick was cast in the post-apocalyptic horror film The Domestics. The film was released on June 28, 2018. Reddick later starred in the 2018 horror thriller film Monster Party. He also voiced the character Sylens in the 2017 video game Horizon Zero Dawn and reprised his role in the sequel Horizon Forbidden West. In 2021, Reddick appeared in the film Godzilla vs. Kong. In 2022, Reddick portrayed Albert Wesker in the live action Resident Evil Netflix series, which was cancelled after one season.

He will appear posthumously as the Greek god Zeus in the upcoming series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Disney+ adaption of the book series of the same name.


On March 17, 2023, it was reported that Reddick had been found dead at his home in Los Angeles. He was 60. Reddick's publicist confirmed the news, stating that Reddick had "passed away suddenly" that morning due to "natural causes".

Tributes were paid to his memory by colleagues and friends, including Reddick's The Wire co-stars, Wendell Pierce and Isiah Whitlock Jr., and the show's creator, David Simon; as well as his John Wick co-stars, Keanu Reeves and Ian McShane.

Players of the games Destiny and Destiny 2 paid their respects by visiting Commander Zavala (whom Reddick had voiced) in The Tower (the game's social space) and saluting him or sitting in silence side-by-side.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Great Expectations Anton Le Farge
Godzilla Soldier on Manhattan Bridge Uncredited
The Siege FBI Agent Floyd Rose
2000 I Dreamed of Africa Simon
2001 Don't Say a Word Arnie
2002 Bridget Black
2004 Brother to Brother James Baldwin
2006 Dirty Work Manning
2008 Tennessee Frank
2009 The Way of War The Black Man
2010 Jonah Hex Smith
2011 Remains Ramsey
2012 Won't Back Down Charles Alberts
2013 White House Down General Caulfield
Oldboy Daniel Newcombe
2014 Faults Mick
The Guest Major Richard Carver
Search Party Cal
John Wick Charon
2015 Parallel Man: Infinite Pursuit Atlas Voice
Short film
Fun Size Horror Oscar Short film
Segment: "The Collection"
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Charon
2018 Little Woods Officer Carter
Canal Street Jerry Shaw
Monster Party Milo
The Domestics Nathan Wood
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Charon
Angel Has Fallen Secret Service Director David Gentry
2020 Faith Based Pastor Mike
Sylvie's Love Herbert "Mr. Jay" Johnson
One Night in Miami... Brother Kareem
2021 Godzilla vs. Kong Guillermin
2023 John Wick: Chapter 4 Charon
White Men Can't Jump Benji Allen Post-production; posthumous release
Shirley Wesley MacDonald "Mac" Holder Post-production; posthumous release
TBA Ballerina Charon Post-production; posthumous release
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial Captain Blakely Post-production; posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
1996 New York Undercover Oscar Griffin Episode: "The Enforcers"
Swift Justice Jim Stark Episode: "Bad Medicine"
1997 The Nanny Stage Hand Episode: "Fair Weather Fran"
What the Deaf Man Heard George Thacker Television film
1998 The Fixer Tyrell Holmes Television film
Witness to the Mob Foreman Trial #2 Television film
1999 The West Wing DC Police Officer Episode: "In Excelsis Deo"
2000 Falcone Det. Willis Simms 3 episodes
The Corner Marvin 2 episodes
2000–01 Oz Johnny Basil Recurring role
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dr. Taylor Recurring role
2001 Law & Order Captain Gasana Episode: "Soldier of Fortune"
2002 100 Centre Street Kwame Sekou Episode: "Fathers"
Keep the Faith, Baby J. Raymond Jones Television film
2002–08 The Wire Cedric Daniels Main role
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jack Bernard Episode: "Probability"
2004 Law & Order FBI Special Agent Jamal Atkinson Episode: "City Hall"
2005 Independent Lens James Episode: "Brother to Brother"
2005–06 CSI: Miami FBI Agent David Park 3 episodes
2007 Numb3rs Lieutenant Steve Davidson Episode: "End of Watch"
2008–09 Lost Matthew Abaddon 4 episodes
2008–13 Fringe Phillip Broyles Main role
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2010 Svetlana Lance Episode: "Snatchengil for the Stars"
2011 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Freedom Cobra Voice, episode: "Freedom Cobra"
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Reggie Episode: "Frank's Brother"
2012 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Falcon Voice, 2 episodes
2012–13 Tron: Uprising Cutler Voice, 3 episodes
2013 Wilfred Dr. Blum Episode: "Perspective"
NTSF:SD:SUV:: Senor Dicks Episode: "TGI Murder"
Comedy Bang! Bang! Angelfire Episode: "Andy Samberg Wears A Plaid Shirt And Glasses"
The Eric Andre Show Himself Episode: "Lance Reddick; Harry Shum Jr."
2014 Beware the Batman Ra's al Ghul Voice, 3 episodes
American Horror Story: Coven Papa Legba 3 episodes
Intelligence DCI Jeffrey Tetazoo 5 episodes
The Blacklist The Cowboy 2 episodes
Key & Peele Johnson Family Member Episode: "Gay Wedding Advice"
2014–21 Bosch Deputy Chief Irvin Irving Main role
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor on Television
2015 Castle Keith Kaufman Episode: "Hollander's Woods"
Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories Joseph Zagen Episode: "Tornado"
2016 Mary + Jane David Episode: "Rehab"
2017 Rick and Morty Alan Rails Voice, episode: "Vindicators 3: The Return of Worldender"
2018–20 Corporate Christian DeVille Recurring role
2018 American Horror Story: Apocalypse Papa Legba Episode: "Traitor"
2019 DuckTales General Lunaris Voice, recurring role
2020 Castlevania The Captain Voice, 2 episodes
2020–22 Paradise PD Agent Clappers Voice, recurring role
2021 America's Book of Secrets Self Host
Young Sheldon Professor Boucher Episode: "An Introduction to Engineering and a Glob of Hair Gel"
2022 Resident Evil Albert Wesker Main role (8 episodes); final on-screen television project
2022–2023 Farzar Renzo / Agent Clappers Voice, main role; Season 1-2
2023 The Legend of Vox Machina Thordak Voice, recurring role; Season 2
2024 Percy Jackson and the Olympians Zeus Post-production; Posthumous release

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Derek Carter
2014 Destiny Commander Zavala
2015 Destiny: The Taken King
2016 Quantum Break Martin Hatch Also motion capture and full motion video footage
Destiny: Rise of Iron Commander Zavala
2017 Payday 2 Charon
Horizon Zero Dawn Sylens
Destiny 2 Commander Zavala
2018 Destiny 2: Warmind
Destiny 2: Forsaken
2019 Destiny 2: Shadowkeep
John Wick Hex Charon
2020 Destiny 2: Beyond Light Commander Zavala
2022 Horizon Forbidden West Sylens Burning Shores expansion to be released posthumously in April 2023
Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Commander Zavala
2023 Destiny 2: Lightfall
TBA Hellboy: Web of Wyrd Hellboy Posthumous release


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Through the Eye of the Needle Narrator DUST short story special episode
2021–2023 America's Book of Secrets Narrator


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