John Wick, The Wire Star Was 60 – Variety

Lance Reddick, who appeared in major TV shows like HBO’s “The Wire,” Fox’s “Fringe” and movies like “John Wick,” coming next week with “John Wick: Chapter 4,” died of natural causes friday morning, Variety has confirmed with his representative. He was 60.

He was found dead in his Studio City home in Los Angeles on Friday morning, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.

In the upcoming “John Wick: Chapter 4,” which is set to hit theaters on March 24, Reddick will reprise his role as Charon, a concierge at the Continental Hotel in New York who appeared in all four releases. Charon worked alongside Keanu Reeve’s retired hitman, notably taking care of John’s new dog in the second installment and taking part in the third film’s gunfight. Reddick was also slated to appear in the upcoming “Ballerina” spinoff starring Ana de Armas.

Reddick’s first major TV role came in Season 4 of HBO’s prison drama “Oz.” He played Detective Johnny Basile, an undercover officer who tries to stop a drug deal, but soon becomes an addict and is pushed to murder by a corrupt cop. down into the elevator shaft. After being sent to Oz, Basil was stabbed to death by Seth Gilliam’s character Clayton Hughes.

HBO kept Reddick around and later cast him as Baltimore Police Lt. Cedric Daniels, co-starring in The Wire in 2002. He ran the narcotics unit and slowly rose through the ranks over the show’s five seasons. often butting heads with his superiors. In the show’s finale, he resigned as commissioner and became a criminal defense attorney.

After “The Wire” ended in 2008, Reddick joined “Fringe” later that year as Phillip Broyles, a Homeland Security special agent and head of the Fringe division. The team investigated cases involving frontier science, pseudoscience, and alternate timelines.

Reddick is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick. Donations in her memory can be made to in her hometown of Baltimore.

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