Norman Mark Reedus[3] (born January 6, 1969)[4] is an American actor, television host, and model, best known for his role as Daryl Dixon on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead, and as Murphy MacManus in The Boondock Saints. He has also acted in numerous films, appeared in and created several videos, provided video game voiceovers, and modeled for various fashion designers (most recognizably Prada in the 1990s).[7]

Early life

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (née Yarber), a teacher, and Ira Norman Reedus. He is of English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish descent.[8] He grew up in Los Angeles, California, and also lived in Ireland, Japan, and Spain. He attended Bethany college for a semester. He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California, and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist. He first acted in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[9] He was discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.[10]

Career

Film and television

Reedus' first film was in the 1997 Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy.[8] He also had roles in the films Dark Harbor, Six Ways to Sunday, Deuces Wild, Blade II, Gossip, 8mm, American Gangster, Hero Wanted, and Moscow Chill. In 2005, he had a bit part in the Christian Alvart film Antibodies as a German policeman. In 2008, he starred in the film Red Canyon.[7] Reedus played Murphy MacManus in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints.[32] He reprised the role in the 2009 sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.[33] He guest-starred on Charmed as Paige's (Rose McGowan) boyfriend, Nate. Reedus also starred in the film Hello Herman, which opened nationwide and on-demand on June 7, 2013.[13] Reedus currently stars in the reality series Ride with Norman Reedus, which premiered on June 12, 2016,[11]

The Walking Dead

In 2010, Norman Reedus began playing Daryl Dixon in the AMC television series The Walking Dead, a horror drama about a group of friends and family members who fight to survive in a violent apocalyptic world populated with flesh-eating zombies and the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the zombies themselves. The character was not originally in the comic book series of the same name, but was created specifically for Reedus after his audition for the character of Merle Dixon. The Walking Dead comic creator Robert Kirkman feels "absolutely blessed Reedus has honored the show with his presence, and the way he has come in and taken over that role and defined Daryl Dixon. A lot of Reedus's portrayal of the character in the first season inspired all the writers to do what we did with him in the second season. We love writing him and end up doing cool stuff with him." The drama has evolved into the highest-rated in cable history, smashing all previous records.[2] Reedus was nominated for a 2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dixon.

Modeling, music videos, and art

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus, and Morgenthal Fredrics. In 2015 Reedus posed for a Cruelty Free International ad in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals.[15]

In the mid-1990s, while working as a model, he appeared in the music videos for "Wicked As It Seems" by Keith Richards, "Violently Happy" by Björk, "Flat Top" by Goo Goo Dolls, "Cat's in the Cradle" covered by Ugly Kid Joe, "Strange Currencies" by R.E.M. and "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead. In 1999 he appeared in the video for "Mean to Me" by Tonic. Since achieving fame as an actor, he has also appeared in the videos for "Judas" by Lady Gaga, "Sun Down" by Tricky (ft. Tirzah), "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff and "No Cities to Love" by Sleater-Kinney.[14]

He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York City, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[7] He released a book of photography on October 31, 2013, called The Sun's Coming Up... Like A Big Bald Head, and in September 2014 announced a fan art compilation called Thanks For All The Niceness.

He is currently signed with Unsigned Group in London.

Video games

Reedus reprised his Walking Dead character of Daryl Dixon in the 2013 video game The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, which is set within the universe of the television series.[17]

Reedus was to portray the main character in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's Silent Hills—a horror game that was to serve as a reboot of the Silent Hill franchise. However, as a result of Kojima's exit from his previous employer, Konami, Silent Hills was effectively cancelled in 2015.[19][3] Reedus would ultimately resurface in a new Kojima project, Death Stranding.[21]

Personal life

Reedus was in a five-year relationship with supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 until 2003. Despite reports to the contrary, the two were never married.[3][3] Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).[3][3] The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[3]

In February 2005, Reedus sustained a head injury when a truck collided with his car in Germany. His nose was reconstructed with the aid of four screws and his left eye socket with titanium.[3][3]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997FloatingVanNew England Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance
1997MimicJeremy
1998I'm Losing YouToby
1998Six Ways to SundayHaroldNominated- Gotham Breakthrough Award
1998Reach the RockDanny
1998Dark HarborYoung Man
1998Davis Is DeadLarry
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackBrautigan
19998MMWarren Anderson
1999Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock SaintsMurphy MacManus
2000BeatLucien Carr
2000GossipTravis
2000Bad SeedJonathan Casey
2000SandJack
2001The BeatnicksNick Nero
2002LusterSextools Delivery Boy
2002Blade IIScud
2002Deuces WildMarco
2003Nobody Needs to KnowKurt
2003Tough LuckArchie
2003Octane (Pulse)Recovery Man
2003OvernightHimselfDocumentary
2004Until the NightRobert
2004Great Wall Great MedicineNorman
2005AntibodiesPolizist Schmitz
2005Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie PageBilly Neal
2006WallsHenry FleshShort film
2006Crime, AA CrimeVincent Harris
2006I Thought of YouShort film; writer and director
2006Killer QueenJack Trust
2007American GangsterDetective Norman Reilly
2007Moscow ChillRay Perso
2008Hero WantedSwainDirect-to-DVD
2008Meet Me in BerlinUnnamed AmericanShort film
2008Red CanyonMac
2008Dead*LineSethShort film
2008ClownLucienShort film
2008Cadillac RecordsChess Records Engineer
2008Echoes of ExtinctionEric Richards
2008Styrofoam SoulJoe
2009The ChaseDangerous Guy
2009Messengers 2: The ScarecrowJohn RollinsDirect-to-DVD
2009PandorumShepard
2009Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, TheThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints DayMurphy MacManus
2010MeskadaDennis Burrows
2010Conspirator, TheThe ConspiratorLewis Payne
2010Ollie Klublershturf vs. The NazisBarryShort film
20108 Uhr 28Stranger
2011Hello HermanLax Morales
2012Night of the TemplarHenry Flesh
2013Iron Man: Rise of TechnovoreFrank Castle / The Punisher (voice)Direct-to-DVD
2013Sunlight Jr.Justin
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesStanley
2014StretchHimselfCameo
2015VacationTruck DriverCameo
2015AirBauer
2015SkyDiego
2016Triple 9Russel Welch

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003CharmedNate Parks2 episodes
2005Masters of HorrorKirbyEpisode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDerek LordEpisode: "Influence"
200613 GravesNormanTelevision film
2010Hawaii Five-0Anton HesseEpisode: Pilot
2010–presentWalking Dead, TheThe Walking DeadDaryl DixonRecurring (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–present)
80 episodes
IGN Award for Best TV Hero (2012)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
Nominated – EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Drama (2014)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television (2012, 2015)
2016American Dad!Tim (voice)Episode: "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"
2016Turbo FASTWild Pete (voice)Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly"[3]
2016–presentVoltron: Legendary DefenderRolo (voice)3 episodes
Ride with Norman ReedusHimself (host)6 episodes
2017Robot ChickenDaryl Dixon (voice)Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who’s Walking"

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2013The Walking Dead: Survival InstinctDaryl DixonVoice
2014P.T.ProtagonistPerformance capture
TBADeath StrandingPerformance capture

Music videos

YearSongArtistRef.
1992"Wicked as it Seems"Keith Richards[4]
1994"Violently Happy"Björk
1995"Strange Currencies"R.E.M.
1995"Fake Plastic Trees"Radiohead-1999"Mean to Me"Tonic
2011"Judas"Lady Gaga

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryWorkResultRef
1998Gotham AwardsBreakthrough ActorSix Ways to SundayNominated[4]
2012Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionThe Walking DeadNominated[4]
Satellite AwardsBest Television Ensemble (shared with cast)Won[4]
IGN AwardsBest TV HeroWon[32]
IGN People's Choice AwardsBest TV HeroWon
2014EWwy AwardsBest Supporting ActorNominated[4]
New York City Horror Film FestivalLifetime Achievement AwardVariousWon[4]
2015Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on TelevisionThe Walking DeadNominated[4]
Fangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest TV Supporting ActorWon[4]
2017Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actor on a Television SeriesNominated[4]