The Wire
The Wire

Lance Reddick, born 1962 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is an actor. He stars as Cedric Daniels in first, second, third, fourth, & fifth seasons. He has appeared in The Wire creator David Simon's earlier series The Corner. He has appeared in the films The Siege (1998) and Don't Say a Word (2001).


Early life

He studied at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and Yale University. Whilst trying to embark on a career as a singer and paying the bills with part time jobs, he injured his back, forcing him to quit. Thereafter, he changed direction, being accepted at Yale's graduate school for drama.


He has since worked in theatre, film and TV starring in two episodes of Law & Order. He is probably best known for portraying police detectives on HBO shows as Cedric Daniels on The Wire which takes place in his hometown of Baltimore and undercover Detective Johnny Basil on Oz. He also appeared in the 2003 Jay-Z / Beyoncé "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" video as the lead police officer.

He joined ABC's hit series Lost in 2008. It made him the third actor from Oz to star in the drama (along with Harold Perrineau and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje).[1]



Season 1 credits
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 credits
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 3 credits
"Time after Time" "All Due Respect" "Dead Soldiers" "Amsterdam" "Straight and True"
"Homecoming" "Back Burners" "Moral Midgetry" "Slapstick" "Reformation"
"Middle Ground" "Mission Accomplished"
Season 4 credits
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 credits
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "-30-"



  • Tennessee (2007)
  • Brother To Brother (2004)
  • Bridget (2002)
  • Don't Say a Word (2001)
  • I Dreamed of Africa (2000)
  • Great Expectations (1998)
  • The Fixer (1998)
  • The Siege (1998)
  • Witness to the Mob (1998)
  • What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

Television appearances

  • 100 Centre Street
  • Against the Law
  • Bosch
  • The Beat
  • The Corner
  • Keep the Faith
  • Falcone
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Lost
  • New York Undercover
  • Oz
  • Swift Justice
  • The West Wing
  • What the Deaf Man Heard
  • The Wire
  • Fringe


  • He was cast with Seth Gilliam on both Oz and The Wire. On both shows, his characters directly interacted with Reddick's characters.


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