US actor Lance Reddick, 'The Wire' and 'John Wick' star, dies at 60
Actor Lance Reddick who played steely Baltimore police lieutenant Cedric Daniels in hit TV show "The Wire" has died, his publicist said Friday. He was 60.
Reddick, who also appeared in the "John Wick" series of films opposite Keanu Reeves, was found dead at his home in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, trade title TMZ reported.
"Acclaimed actor Lance Reddick passed away suddenly this morning from natural causes," publicist Mia Hansen told AFP.
"Lance will be greatly missed."
Reddick rose to prominence in 2000 on the HBO prison drama "Oz" in which he played an undercover detective battling the drugs trade, but who soon gets drawn into addiction.
But it was for his role on "The Wire" that he became best known.
The HBO show, which ran for five seasons, followed a narcotics division pitting their wits against the city's powerful drug gangs.
With its complex writing and gritty casting, "The Wire" is often cited as one of the best ever TV shows.
It made household names of several of its stars, including Dominic West, Idris Elba, Wendell Pierce, Michael B. Jordan and the late Michael Kenneth Williams, who delivered one of the most singular performances in recent screen history as Omar Little.
After "The Wire," Reddick was cast in "John Wick" as Charon, a concierge at a New York hotel who worked alongside Reeves' hitman.
Reeves and "John Wick" director Chad Stahelski told Variety they were mourning the loss of the cast member.
"He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with."
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