Lance Reddick is an American actor born in Baltimore, Maryland. He starred in The Wire as Cedric Daniels, appeared in Oz as Detective Johnny Basil and appeared in the fourth season of Lost.He studied at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and Yale University. While 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/BeyoncÃ© "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" video as the lead police officer.He joined ABC's hit series Lost in 2008. Reddick plays Matthew Abaddon, a ruthless corporate recruiter, in multiple episodes. He was the third of four actors from Oz to star in the drama (along with Harold Perrineau, Ken Leung and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said that they were interested in Reddick for the part of Mr. Eko but he was unavailable due to filming The Wire so they approached Akinnuoye-Agbaje instead. The producers hope that Reddick will bring his characteristic focus and intensity to the new role.In early 2008, he was cast in a key role for the pilot of Fringe.Reddick will play Phillip Broyles, the head of a special government agency that investigates paranormal activities. Reddick described the character as "a real ass. But he's also one of the good guys." Like Lost, Fringe is co-created and produced by J.J. Abrams.There has been some doubt as to whether Reddick would be able to appear in both Lost and Fringe in the 2008-09 television season. However, Abrams stated that while being a series regular on Fringe, he would be able to do episodes of Lost whenever required. He has also appeared in a 2007 Cadillac TV advertisement.