Colleagues in the “John Wick” universe remembered Lance Reddick, who died Friday at age 60, as an actor with “unmatched depth” in his role as the janitor Charon.
“We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by the loss of our loving friend and colleague Lance Reddick. He was a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Our love and prayers are with his wife Stephanie, his children, his family and friends. We dedicate the film to his loving memory. He will be greatly missed,” co-star Keanu Reeves and director Chad Stahelski said in a statement to The Times.
“The world of Wick wouldn’t be what it is without Lance Reddick and the unparalleled depth he brought to humanity and Charon’s unflappable charisma,” Lionsgate said in a separate statement.
“Lance leaves an indelible legacy and a hugely impressive body of work, but we will remember him as our charming and joyful friend and Concierge,” the statement continued. “We are stunned and heartbroken, and our deepest condolences go out to his loving family and his fans around the world.”
Reddick spoke to The Times in 2019 about the first three “John Wick” movies.
“I’ve never seen a hitman revenge script done like this before. We’ve seen that idea many times, but the way Derek Kolstad wrote that script was incredibly creative, incredibly tight, and very characterful. Because I was under the studio’s radar at the time, they left us alone,” the actor said.
“I just wanted to do it because it was a cool world and I feel like I came in at the right time. I didn’t know it was going to become such a phenomenon.”
The film will open in theaters on March 24. Reddick reportedly skipped the New York premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 4” this week.
Times staff writers Josh Rottenberg and Christie D’Zurilla contributed to this post.