Lance Solomon Reddick

Jun 07, 1962

60 years

Mar 17, 2023



Lance Reddick, an actor, a musician, a mentor, and a friend. He graced the world with his talent, from the low boil of his performances to his stern, commanding presence.


Lance Solomon Reddick was born on June 7, 1962, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Dorothy Gee and Solomon Reddick. He attended Friends School of Baltimore and showed a keen interest in music from a young age. As a teenager, he studied music at the Peabody Preparatory Institute and attended a summer program teaching music theory and composition at the Walden School. Reddick studied classical music composition at the University of Rochester's Eastman School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music degree. He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, Reddick attended the Yale School of Drama, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1994​.

Reddick's acting career was both varied and impactful. He was cast as Cedric Daniels in the HBO series The Wire and also auditioned for the roles of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland. He joined ABC's series Lost in 2008, where he played Matthew Abaddon, an employee of Charles Widmore, in multiple episodes. He was one of five actors from the HBO series Oz to star in Lost​.

Reddick released his debut album "Contemplations & Remembrances" in 2007. In early 2008, he was cast in a key role in the pilot of Fringe, where he played Phillip Broyles, the head of an FBI department investigating paranormal activities. He was a series regular on Fringe, but he would also do episodes of Lost whenever required. Reddick starred in the 2013 thriller White House Down and the YouTube web series DR0NE, where he was also credited as a co-producer​.

In 2014, Reddick appeared as Charon in the action-thriller film John Wick, a role he reprised in its three sequels​1​. He passed away at his home in Los Angeles on March 17, 2023, reportedly from ischemic heart disease and atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. According to his death certificate, he was to be cremated​​.

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