Lance Reddick, an actor of great range with an unique and unparalleled ability to portray steely, intense characters, is best known for his roles on HBO’s “The Wire”, “Oz”, and “The Corner”, as well as the JJ Abrams hit television series “Fringe” and “Lost”.
Though famous for his dramatic work, in 2011, Reddick showed off his humorous side beginning with a comedic turn as a guest star on the F/X comedy "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia". Next, he starred in the viral video "Toys R Me" for Funny or Die, followed by College Humor’s “Nice Try, IHOP”.
In 2012, Reddick co-starred opposite Academy Award nominee Viola Davis in the Fox/Walden Media feature "Won't Back Down". He can next be seen in the 2013 Roland Emmerich film “White House Down,” and Spike Lee’s “Old Boy“.
Reddick came to prominence in the memorable role of “Lt. Cedric Daniels” on HBO's critically acclaimed series, “The Wire”. This series not only brought him a global fan base during its successful five year run, but is considered one of the best television shows ever produced. Reddick considers his "breakout role" to be playing detective John Basil (aka."Mobey") on HBO’s “Oz”. He is also known for his outstanding work on the award-winning HBO series “The Corner”.
Following the success of the Wire, Reddick appeared on the ABC series “Lost” as the mysterious Matthew Abbadon. However, his stay on the island was cut short when he was cast in the hit series “Fringe” on FOX as Special Agent Phillip Broyles - a role he played for the entire five year run of the series.
Reddick starred in the Lee Daniels film, “Tennessee " opposite Mariah Carey, and “Jonah Hex" opposite Josh Brolin. Other feature work includes “I Dreamed of Africa,” opposite Daniel Craig and Kim Basinger, “The Siege,” for director Ed Zwick, Alfonso Cuaron's “Great Expectations,” and the indie films “Bad City,” and “Way of War,” with Oscar winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Reddick, via the production company Christai Productions, coproduced the Web series "Dr0ne" for Justin Lin's YOM YOMF network on YouTube. He was also a coproducer on, and starred in Danny Devito’s “St. Sebastian's" which was written and co-produced by Bruce Terris. Devito also served as a producer on the film along with financier and producer Steve Bing.
Reddick’s first role after graduating from The Yale School of Drama, was on Broadway as Jeffrey Wright’s understudy as Belize in “Angel’s in America”. He has appeared off-Broadway in productions of “Henry V”, “Afterplay”, “On House”, and the critically acclaimed 2006 Off-Broadway revival of August Wilson's “7 Guitars”, in which he played the lead character of “Floyd”. He also starred as Mark Antony in The Guthrie Theater’s “Julius Caesar”.
Before becoming an actor, Reddick planned on a career in music. He began singing, composing and playing the piano at age seven. Throughout junior high and high school he studied piano, music theory and composition at the preparatory department of the prestigious Peabody Conservatory. For college, he attended the world famous Eastman School of Music, where he majored in classical composition.
As an accomplished musician, Reddick shows a different side to his persona writing and composing music. He wrote, composed and sang all the songs on his debut album, “Contemplations and Remembrances”, a contemporary collection of Jazz music currently available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.
Reddick was born and raised in Baltimore, MD and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Stephanie.