Talented John Wick Actor; Lance Reddick, Passes On
Lance Reddick, a popular actor from The Wire and the John Wick series, has passed away at the age of 60, according to his agents.
The American actor passed away early on Friday, and his publicist claims that natural causes were to blame.
The final John Wick movie, which will be released in Ireland next week, features Keanu Reeves and Reddick as Charon.
In the high-octane thriller movies, Charon is the unflappable hotel concierge at New York’s center of the criminal underworld, The Continental Hotel.
The late actor had completed several publicity appearances for the movie before his passing. In a joint statement shared with US media outlets, Reeves and John Wick director Chad Stahelski described him as a “consummate professional”.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick,” the statement read.
“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.”
In an online tribute to Reddick, Pierce described him as “a man of great strength and grace” and described his death as a “sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family”.
“As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class,” Pierce wrote on Twitter, sharing a picture of Reddick.
“A sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his family and loved ones.
“Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP.”
Reddick began his screen career in the mid-1990s, with guest roles on series including The Nanny and New York Undercover, going on to big-screen roles in Great Expectations and The Siege. He later landed the part of Cedric Daniels in the popular HBO drama The Wire, appearing in all 60 episodes alongside stars including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Michael K Williams, and Wendell Pierce.
He was also known for his work on television shows Fringe, Bosch, and Lost.
He also lent his voice to animated shows including Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty.
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children, Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
May his soul rest in peace, Amen.