'John Wick: Chapter 4' Adds Special End Tribute to Lance Reddick
John Wick: Chapter 4 star Lance Reddick passed away ahead of the film's premiere, but the producers added a special end tribute to the late actor. In a Twitter post, Deadline shared a recording from inside the TCL Chinese Theater screening of the new film, on Monday night. The short clip revealed that the movie ends with an end card that reads "In Memory of Lance Reddick."
TMZ was first to report that Reddick's body was discovered Friday morning, March 17, at his Studio City home, around 9:30 a.m., The actor's reps later confirmed the news. His cause of death is said to be from natural causes, with police sources telling TMZ that there did not appear to be any kind of foul play. Reddick was 60 years old at the time of his death.
End credits tribute to Lance Reddick #JohnWick4 pic.twitter.com/vnRteG6DyG— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) March 21, 2023
Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 2, 1962. He was drawn to acting as a child and eventually grew up to graduate from Yale School of Drama in 1994, with a Master of Fine Arts. Shortly after, he began to land parts on TV shows such as New York Undercover and The Nanny, followed by small roles in films like Godzilla (1998) and Great Expectations, alongside Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. Eventually, he earned a recurring role on HBO's Oz, playing Johnny Basil, and then just two years later he was cast as police lieutenant Cedric Daniels in The Wire, also at HBO.
Reddick enjoyed an illustrious TV career, adding multiple awards nominations for his roles on both Fringe and Bosch. In 2014, his film career kicked into high gear when he appeared in John Wick as Charon, the main concierge at The Continental Hotel. Reddick reprised the role in John Wick Chapter 2 as well as John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and the upcoming John Wick Chapter 4.
TMZ reports that Reddick had been doing press for the new John Wick film around the time of his death. The outlet states that Reddick was set to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show in support of the movie. There is currently no word on if he filmed any scenes for John Wick 5, which was originally supposed to film back-to-back with the fourth film but had to be postponed due to complications caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Fans can see Reddick in John Wick Chapter 4 when it opens in theaters this Friday, March 24.