RIP: ‘The Wire’, ‘Oz’, And ‘John Wick’ Actor Lance Reddick, Dead At 60

Sad news today as it’s being reported by TMZ and other outlets that Lance Reddick, best known for his role as Baltimore PD officer Cedric Daniels on The Wire and as Continental concierge Charon in the John Wick films, is dead at the age of 60.

Reddick had been doing press rounds for next week’s release of John Wick: Chapter 4, as his fan-favorite Charon character is one of the few to appear in every film.

Reddick’s earliest roles were on the cult favorite cop series, New York Undercover, a kind of precursor to The Wire in that it focused on minority officers in taking on cases that affected the minority community. Often taking on roles of commanding authority, Reddick stuck close to what I like to call HBO’s Simon/Fontana-verse, appearing in shows such as The Corner, Oz, and of course, The Wire, the series that he would become recognized for. He was also a central figure through all five seasons of Fringe, as well as the police drama series, Bosch.

In his final projects, Reddick took on the role of main villain Albert Wesker in Netflix’s Resident Evil series. He will also play Zeus in next year’s posthumous release of Percy Jackson and the Olympians on Disney+.

We here at Punch Drunk Critics send our condolences to Reddick’s friends and family.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.