Lance Reddick, TV star known for 'The Wire' and 'Fringe,' dies at age 60

Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times on

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LOS ANGELES — Lance Reddick, who was known for his roles on television series "The Wire," "Fringe" and "Bosch," has died.

Reddick's legal representative James E. Hornstein confirmed to the L.A. Times on Friday that the actor died Friday morning at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes. He was 60.

"Lance will be greatly missed," Mia Hansen, Reddick's publicist, said in a statement shared with the L.A. Times. "Please respect his family's privacy at this time."

"I can't take it no more. Rip Lance Reddick," Questlove wrote on social media.

"Lance Reddick gone. Damn," tweeted Black List founder Franklin Leonard.

Reddick, born on June 7, 1962, grew up in Baltimore where he attended the Peabody Conservatory to study music. Once an aspiring musician, he studied at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and then pursued acting at Yale where he graduated in 1994.


He landed his first acting role in the TV series "New York Undercover" in 1996, according to IMDb. That led to several minor parts in other series and films, including 1998's "Great Expectations" and "The West Wing."

In 2000, he appeared as prisoner Desmond Mobay, who was actually a tortured undercover police officer, in "Oz," and the TV work kept coming. In the early aughts, he took on various roles in the "Law & Order" franchise and in 2002, he debuted as Lt. Cedric Daniels in HBO's "The Wire."

"He was a real challenge," Reddick told the L.A. Times in 2009. "I kept him tight — he was very self-contained and analytical, but he also had a lot of rage."

Reddick starred as Cedric Daniels until the series came to a close in 2008. The "Wire" series finale, however, brought Reddick to Fox's "Fringe," where he starred as federal agent Phillip Broyles alongside Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble.


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