Keanu Reeves, John Wick 4 Director Chad Stahelski Dedicate Movie To The Late Lance Reddick: He Was "A Joy To Work With"
Lance Reddick, who played Charon the concierge in the John Wick movies, died from natural causes on Friday morning (Mar 17) at age 60.
Keanu Reeves has hailed Lance Reddick as a "consummate professional and a joy to work with".
Reeves and John Wick director Chad Stahelski have jointly paid tribute to Reddick, who played Charon, the concierge of The Continental in the action series, including the latest, John Wick: Chapter 4, passed away from natural causes on Friday morning (Mar 17) at age 60.
Reddick was also best known for playing Cedric Daniels in the HBO police drama The Wire, as well as the JJ Abrams-produced sci-fi series Lost and Fringe.
In a joint statement shared with Variety, Reeves and Stahelski said, "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."
Lionsgate, the studio behind John Wick, also paid tribute to Reddick.
The company said: "The world of Wick would not be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to Charon’s humanity and unflappable charisma.
"Lance leaves behind an indelible legacy and hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our lovely, joyful friend and Concierge. We’re stunned and heartbroken, and our deepest condolences go to his beloved family and his fans all around the world."
Elsewhere, The Wire creator David Simon said in a statement that Reddick was “a consummate professional, a devoted collaborator, a lovely soul and a friend. This is just gutting and way, way, way too soon for any of us who knew and loved him to contemplate.”
Another The Wire alum, Wendell Pierce, tweeted, "A man of great strength and grace. As talented a musician as he was an actor. The epitome of class. A sudden unexpected sharp painful grief for our artistic family. An unimaginable suffering for his personal family and loved ones. Godspeed my friend. You made your mark here. RIP (sic)"
Ian McShane, Reddick's John Wick co-star, also released a statement to Variety: “Total shock and disbelief. Lance was a wonderful human being and a wonderful colleague. My deepest condolences, peace and love to his wife, Stephanie, and all his family.”
Ben Stiller, whose late mother, Anne Meara, acted with Reddick in the play Afterplay, also took to social media to pay his respects.
"Lance Reddick was an beautiful and compelling actor," he tweeted. "And a beautiful person. He worked with my mom Anne Meara in her play “Afterplay”, playing Raziel, the waiter slash angel of death. He was exquisite in that and all he did.
"Nothing is lost. [heart emoji] (sic)"
Reddick also had other projects in the works, including a starring role in Disney+ series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, a remake ofWhite Men Can't Jump, Danny DeVito's St Sebastian, Netflix's Shirley Chisholm biopic Shirley, Showtime's The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and the space drama Apteros.
We recently spoke to Reddick two weeks before his passing during the John Wick: Chapter 4 junket. Watch our chat with him:
Reddick is survived by his wife, Stephanie Reddick, and children Yvonne Nicole Reddick and Christopher Reddick.
John Wick: Chapter 4 opens in cinemas on Mar 23. — BANG SHOWBIZ
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