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Keanu Reeves dedicates ‘John Wick 4’ to late costar Lance Reddick | The Express Tribune


Actor Lance Reddick, best known for his supporting work in the John Wick action-film series, died last week at the age of 60, his publicist said. Reddick died suddenly on Friday morning of natural causes, according to a statement issued by the publicist, Mia Hansen. No further details about the circumstances of his death were immediately disclosed.

His death came just days before the planned March 24 release of the fourth installment in the John Wick franchise, in which Reddick reprised his role as a hotel manager named Charon, an ally of the title character, a professional assassin forced out of retirement, played by Keanu Reeves.

“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” John Wick filmmaker Chad Stahelski and star Keanu Reeves said in a joint statement to Deadline. “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.”

Celebrity news website TMZ, citing law enforcement sources, reported the performer had been found dead at his home in the Studio City district of Los Angeles at around 9:30am.

Reddick scored his first major screen role as police chief Cedric Daniels on the HBO crime drama The Wire, set in his hometown of Baltimore. The show, which aired for five seasons beginning in 2002, was widely hailed as one of television’s greatest dramas for its gritty portrait of urban struggle as told from the perspective of the police, narcotics dealers and the people caught between them.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, The Wire creator David Simon remembered Reddick as a “consummate professional, a devoted collaborator, a lovely soul and a friend. This is just gutting and way, way, way too soon for any of us who knew and loved him to contemplate.”

Tall, with a shaved head and a flair for portraying low-key but imposing authority figures, Reddick later played a similar role as a big-city police chief on the Los Angeles-based cop drama Bosch, a show from the streaming service Amazon Prime.

He also appeared in a pair of shows co-created by J J Abrams, starting with season four of the ABC series Lost. That character was soon killed off, making way for Reddick to join the cast of Fringe, a Fox network series in which he played the head of an FBI unit investigating the paranormal.

Other television credits include the HBO prison series, Oz as undercover police detective Johnny Basil, the Emmy-winning FX anthology series American Horror Story playing a Voodoo master named Papa Legba, and the forthcoming Disney+ series Percy Jackson and the Olympians as the Greek god Zeus.

Motion picture work beyond John Wick included appearances in such thrillers as Angel has Fallen, Monster Party and Godzilla vs. Kong. He was also known to video game enthusiasts as the voice of the character Commander Zavala in the Destiny brand shooter franchise.

A classically trained pianist, Reddick attended the Peabody Preparatory Institute to study music, worked in the Walden School’s summer music theory and composition program, and eventually obtained a bachelor’s degree in classical composition from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. He released a jazz album, Contemplations and Remembrances in 2007.

A photograph of Reddick posted on his Instagram account the day before his death showed the smiling actor, seated on a sofa in his living room surrounded by four pet dogs. Fellow actor Wendell Pierce paid tribute to his Wire co-star on Twitter, calling Reddick a “man of great strength and grace” and the “epitome of class”. “You made your mark here. RIP,” Pierce said. Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie, whom he married in 2011, and the couple’s son and daughter.

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