Lance Reddick is an American film, tv, and theater actor who starred as Cedric Daniels in The Wire, Detective Johnny Basil in Oz, and as Phillip Boyles in Fringe. He also had a recurring role as Matthew Abbadon in Lost.
Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, which…more
Lance first acted in his English class in the tenth grade.
He was cast with Seth Gilliam on both Oz and The Wire who played a character that directly interacted with Reddick's characters on both shows.
In early 2008, Lance filmed the pilot for the FOX show Fringe in Canada.
Lance was originally considered for the role of "Mr. Eko" on Lost, but it conflicted with filming of The Wire.
Lance has two children - a daughter and a son.
Lance considers himself an actor/songwriter.
Lance likes to read and watch movies to unwind after a long day.
Lance had never seen the HBO show Oz before auditioning for the show as John Basil.
Lance began writing his own songs at the age of 7.
Lance is a self-professed Trekkie.
Lance began playing the piano at age 6.
Lance decided to focus on acting after injuring his back while delivering newspapers.
Lance admits he would have loved to have made a film with Alfred Hitchcock.
Lance says Daniel Day-Lewis is one of his main influences in acting.
Lance auditioned four separate times and two other roles on The Wire before getting the role of Cedric Daniels.
Lance was Jeffrey Wright's understudy in the play Angels in America.
In 1994, Lance graduated from Yale School of Drama.
In his twenties while trying to make it as a pop singer, Lance worked as a waiter, pizza delivery man, an artist's model and delivered newspapers to support his then wife and one year old daughter.
Lance discovered he had a love of acting, when he had to read from Shakespeare's play MacBeth.
Lance got his love of music from his mother, who was a music teacher for 40 years.
Lance graduated from the High School of Friends, which is a Quaker School. His parents also taught there.
Lance studied classical composition for four years at Eastman School Of Music, Rochester, and acting at the Yale Drama School.
Lance Reddick: (On a possible movie of the television show, The Wire) As far as a movie goes, my understanding from part of an interview that Dominic West did recently, is that David's take on it is that he'd probably be inclined to do a prequel, if anything at all.
Lance Reddick: (About not watching Lost until after he was cast as Matthew Abaddon on the show) I was cast and I went back and did homework. I got the first two seasons and watched them on DVD and then, of course, I got hooked.