Fans of The Wire are in mourning today following the passing of actor Lance Reddick. The beloved entertainer is known for several other roles as well, and today, people are celebrating his career as they pay homage to him.
Reddick was an American actor and musician. He played Cedric Daniels on The Wire from 2002 to 2008. He later went on to star in Fringe and Bosch and was heavily involved in the John Wick franchise. Reddick had a long relationship with HBO, going all the way back to their landmark series OZ. The actor’s first credited television role was in 1996 on New York Undercover. He has largely done work in the law enforcement and crime drama series and has even appeared on Law & Order, The West Wing, CSI, Lost, and much much more.
Reddick was a native of Baltimore, MD, where The Wire was shot. As a teenager, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and The Walden School. He also a student at the University of Rochester, where he focused on Classical music composition. He graduated in 1994 with a master’s in fine arts.
In addition to his acting career, Reddick enjoyed a music career as well. In 2007 he released his debut album, Contemplations & Remembrances. The nine-song EP featured songs like “Time to Say Goodbye” and “Woman in Black.” It was released on Christai Productions. During the pandemic, Lance revisited his album for fans in several at-home videos of him playing piano. “‘Woman In Black’ from my CD, Contemplations And Remembrances. I’ve been working on this vocally for a bit. It’s coming along,” he told fans.
Fans online are in shock and really upset that he has passed away. “Lance Reddick is the kind of actor that improved every single project just by being there. This loss is immeasurable. May he rest in peace,” said one person. “Lance Reddick is gone before one of his final performances comes out where we see him play king of the gods, as zeus, and it’s going to take on a whole new meaning now,” said another fan. He was found unresponsive in his home, but no cause of death has been revealed.