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).
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).