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Lance Reddick (born June 7, 1962; died March 17, 2023) was an American actor.


Lance Solomon Reddick was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After attending the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, he moved to Boston, Massachusetts in the 1980s and enrolled in the Yale School of Drama in 1991.

Reddick was best known for his prominent roles in various hit TV series. Reddick was cast as Cederic Daniels in the HBO series The Wire after having also auditioned for the roles of Bubbles and Bunk Moreland. He joined ABC's hit series Lost where he portrayed Matthew Abbadon. He was the third of five actors from the HBO hit series Oz to star in the drama. Reddick released his debut album Contemplations & Remembrances in 2007 and in early 2008 he was cast in a key role for the pilot of Fringe in which fellow Oz actor Kirk Acevedo also had a regular role. Reddick played Phillip Broyels, the head of an FBI department investigating paranormal activities. Reddick described the hard-driving character as "a real hard-ass, but he's also one of the good guys." Like LostFringe is co-created and produced by J.J. Abrams.

Reddick released his debut album Contemplations & Remembrances in 2007. Aside from television Lance also does theater and film work, recently appearing in the 2013 thriller White House Down. He recently voiced the character Commander Zavala in the 2014 video game Destiny. Reddick resided with his wife Stephanie in Los Angeles, California, and was a promoter for Cree Light Bulbs.

On March 17, 2023, at the age of 60, he was found dead of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. [1]

Work on American Horror Story[]

Lance Reddick is one of the twenty-five cast members that portrayed the same character in different seasons. He portrayed Papa Legba in Coven and Apocalypse, when he made a guest appearance in the episode "Traitor", following the much-anticipated "Return to Murder House". [2]

Reddick received both praise and criticism for his role as Papa Legba, a figure based on West African and Haitian religions due to the liberties the franchise took in creating their own – decidedly demonic – version of the Gatekeeper of the Spirit World, advertised and presented as a sort of "Voodoo Satan". Papa Legba is considered one of the "most memorable-looking entities in the entire series" alongside Rubber Man, Bloody Face and Twisty.[3]


Episode appearances for Lance Reddick
Story or Series Character Episodes
Coven Papa Legba
Apocalypse Papa Legba Traitor