Recently, I was devastated to learn of the passing of actor Lance Reddick at the age of 60. He was a popular actor known for his power, warmth, and intelligence. He was loved by millions and had a robust career including the John Wick franchise. Lance was also my friend and colleague. As a tribute, I’d like to share a few anecdotes regarding a man who may be gone but will not be forgotten.
I have been a fan of Lance Reddick’s work since first seeing him on shows like Oz and The Wire. His role as “Agent Broyles” in the show Fringe secured him as one of my favorite character actors. I desperately wanted to work with him someday.
A couple of years later, I finally had the chance when Lance agreed to be the voice of “Atlas” in my animated sci-fi film Parallel Man. In addition, he allowed us to use his likeness in the graphic novel.
After that, Lance and I became fast friends. We truly enjoyed working together. In the following years, we discussed working together on several of my film and TV projects, including Oceanus and Venus. As a result, my team has produced more concept art of Lance than any other actor. I’ve shared some of the best of this art in this post.
Lance was a science-fiction fan who knew Star Trek like the back of his hand. He especially loved the series Voyager. Many video gamers know him as the voice of “Commander Zavala” in Destiny (one of my son’s favorite titles). I was able to connect them, and they occasionally played together online. This was a huge honor.
As for my company, FutureDude, one of our goals was to create powerful roles for Lance. He told me numerous times that he felt stuck and wanted to star in a film as a leading man. In late 2022, Lance and I began developing a new Oceanus project in which he hoped to star alongside Gerard Butler. I’m sad we won’t be able to make it happen.
Rest in Peace, Lance Reddick.