Actor Lance Reddick, star of cult series ‘The Wire’, has died
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Famous for his roles in the action films “John Wick” and as an ambitious policeman in the series “The Wire”, actor Lance Reddick, 60, was found dead Friday at his home in Los Angeles.
American actor Lance Reddick, known for his role as a zealous policeman in the series “The Wire”, died on Friday March 17 at the age of 60, his agent said.
The actor, also famous for his role in the action films “John Wick” with Keanu Reeves, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles, in the Studio City district, according to the specialized site TMZ.
Lance Reddick died “this morning” and the cause of his death is “natural”, explained to AFP his agent, Mia Hansen. “Lance will be greatly missed,” she added.
The actor made a name for himself in Hollywood in 2000, thanks to the HBO series “Oz”. He played a detective infiltrated in prison to fight against drug trafficking, which quickly sinks into addiction.
But it is with “The Wire” (On listening) that he really broke through. Often described as one of the best television series of all time, it followed the fight of a police anti-narcotics squad against gangs in the city of Baltimore.
Lance Reddick played Lieutenant Cedric Daniels, a conscientious officer and a bit of an idealist.
“The Wire” has made several of its stars famous, including Idris Elba and Michael Kenneth Williams, who died in 2021 and was widely appreciated for his character of Omar Little, a homosexual thug who applies a strict code of conduct.
“A consummate professional”
Lance Reddick was married to Stephanie Reddick and had two children, according to his agent.
Several celebrities paid tribute to him on Friday.
Wendell Pierce, fellow ‘The Wire’ star, described him on Twitter as “a man of great strength and great grace. The epitome of class.”
His death is a “sudden, unexpected and painful grief for our artistic family”, he added.
“Wonderful actor, wonderful man. This is sad news,” wrote writer Stephen King, adding that he was reviewing “The Wire” series.
Halfway through re-watching THE WIRE comes the news that Lance Reddick has died at the horribly unfair age of 60. Wonderful actor; wonderful man. This is sad news.
—Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 17, 2023
The HBO channel hailed an actor “held in high esteem by all who knew him and worked with him”.
“We are proud to be part of his legacy. He will be greatly missed,” she added.
His “John Wick” co-stars Keanu Reeves and Chad Stahelski also expressed their grief.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our beloved friend and colleague,” they said in a statement. “He was a consummate professional and it was a pleasure to work with him.”