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The Best Roles of Lance Reddick, the Iconic Actor Who Has Passed Away at Age 60



A Versatile Actor

Lance Reddick, a calm and collected yet imposing presence in a variety of film and TV roles, died Friday at age 60. The prolific actor was versed in playing intense authority figures, including his breakout role as Lt. Cedric Daniels in “The Wire,” Homeland Security Special Agent Phillip Broyles in “Fringe,” hotel concierge Charon in the “John Wick” franchise and mysterious agent Matthew Abaddon, who got people to “where they needed to be,” in “Lost.”

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A Career Across Multiple Mediums

He also lent his unmistakable voice to video games (most notably as Cmdr. Zavala in Bungie’s “Destiny” and “Destiny 2”) and animated series (“The Legend of Vox Machina,” “Paradise PD” and “The Vindicators”). Below is a selection of roles that show Reddick at his best, along with where to view them.

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Memorable Roles

Reddick had a memorable arc in Season 4 of the gritty HBO prison drama as Johnny Basil, an undercover cop who poses as an inmate to try to put the kibosh on the drug trade inside Oswald State Correctional Facility.

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The gritty HBO crime drama’s top-notch ensemble cast included Reddick as no-nonsense Baltimore Police Department Lt. Cedric Daniels.

Reddick had a recurring role in the Keanu Reeves action franchise — including the next installment, coming to theaters on March 24 — as Charon, the mysterious and mythology-inspired concierge at the Continental, a luxury hotel where underworld types can find respite and sanctuary.

Reddick continued his streak of playing authority figures as LAPD chief Irvin Irving in this procedural drama starring Titus Welliver as the titular detective and based on Michael Connelly’s crime novels.

Reddick also made an impression as Mr. Abaddon, just one of the many mysterious figures maneuvering in the background on the ABC sci-fi hit.

Remembering a Great Performer

Matt Cooper began working at the Los Angeles Times in 1994 and compiles its movie, TV and arts listings. Born in Chicago and raised in Southern California, he holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with a minor in English from Mount St. Mary’s University. A lifelong devotee of the performing arts, he also enjoys swimming, yoga and playing the guitar.



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