John Wick actor Lance Reddick passes away, remembered by Hollywood

Lance Reddick
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Lance Reddick, who is set to appear in John Wick: Chapter 4 on March 24, died on Friday, March 17, at the age of 60, according to multiple reports. TMZ was the first to report the actor’s tragic passing, though Variety confirmed that his death was a result of natural causes.

Reddick has played the character of Charon in all the John Wick movies, including the upcoming Chapter 4. Charon is the concierge at the New York Continental run by Winston (Ian McShane) and has been an ally to Keanu Reeves' John Wick throughout the series.

Reeves and director Chad Stahelski gave a statement to Variety about their co-stars passing:

"We are deeply saddened and heartbroken at the loss of our beloved friend and colleague Lance Reddick. He was the consummate professional and a joy to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. We will miss him dearly."

In addition to his role in the John Wick franchise, Reddick has had major roles in a number of acclaimed TV shows, including playing Cedric Daniels on The Wire, Phillip Broyles on Fringe and Irvin Irving in Bosch. He has also starred in movies like White House Down, Won't Back Down, The Guest and Godzilla vs Kong. Some of his more recent credits included the Netflix adaptation of Resident Evil and lending his voice to the Prime Video animated series The Legend of Vox Machina.

Reddick would also lend his voice to video games, being credited with voice performances in the games Horizon: Zero Dawn and Horizon: Forbidden West, as well as the Destiny franchise of games.

He was also working on a number of upcoming projects, including at least one that is finished, the reboot of White Men Can't Jump that is going to premiere on Hulu in 2023. He was also expected to reprise his role as Charon in the John Wick TV spinoff Ballerina alongside Ana de Armas. One other big name project that he was expected to star in was Disney Plus' Percy Jackson and the Olympians, as he had been tapped to play Zeus.

Condolences have been pouring in on social media, including from his former co-stars and admirers in the industry:

Journalist Roxy Striar decided to share her recent interview with Reddick while he was promoting John Wick: Chapter 4 following news of the actor's passing:

Reddick was born outside of Baltimore, Md., on June 7, 1962. He is survived by his wife Stephanie Reddick and his two children Yvonne Nicole and Christopher Reddick. 

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