Beloved actor Lance Reddick passed at age 60 

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But it was his performance as Cedric Daniels on HBO’s “The Wire” that established him as a powerhouse actor and launched him into the public consciousness. Daniels was the lieutenant in command of the Baltimore Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit, a role that required Reddick to bring a certain level of respectability and dignity to a show that explored the seedy underbelly of the city.

Reddick then went on to star in numerous television shows including “Fringe,” “Lost,” and “American Horror Story.” He also appeared in the “John Wick” franchise, playing the character Charon, a concierge at the Continental Hotel.

Reddick was also an accomplished theater actor and a respected voice actor, lending his voice to a number of animated series and video games.

The news of Reddick’s passing sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, with many of his colleagues and admirers taking to social media to pay tribute to the actor.

“Lance Reddick’s performances were always so powerfully understated and so deeply felt,” wrote actor Kumail Nanjiani. “He made a lasting impression on everyone who saw him work. Rest in power, sir.”

Actress Sophia Bush said Reddick left a lasting impression on her: “Lance Reddick was pure talent and pure kindness. He taught me a great deal about the craft of this business. I am so grateful for his mentorship. Rest in power.”

Lance Reddick was more than an actor; he was an artist and a mentor, and he will be deeply missed by the entire entertainment industry. His performances will continue to inspire actors and viewers alike and his legacy will live on.

Curtis Lawrence