Trained in classical music composition and a graduate of Yale Drama, Lance Reddick was one of those Hollywood utility players whose very presence reassured you that you were going to be in good hands. Slender and opaque and vaguely aristocratic in his bearing, Reddick was particularly good at conveying resolute authority or sinister menace – or, as needed, both at the same time. But he had more range than many movie casting directors gave him credit for – witness his hilarious performance as a megalomaniacal CEO on the acerbic sitcom Corporate as proof. And I was today years old when I found out he also recorded music.
In a perfect world, before he left us – Reddick died, too soon, on March 17 at the age of 60 – we would have gotten to enjoy a range of movies of various genres with Reddick at the top of the call sheet. As it stands we’ll have to settle for being grateful for the deft and confident work he did leave behind – often, though not always, as a steely law enforcement official with provocatively unplumbed depths.