Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Born Mark Norman Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 46)
Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model, photographer
Years active 1993–present
Height 5 feet, 10 inches
Weight 158 lbs
Partner(s) Helena Christensen (1998–2003)
Children 1

Mark Norman Reedus (born January 6, 1969)[1][2] is an American actor and model. He is best known for his roles as Daryl Dixon in the AMC series The Walking Dead and Murphy MacManus in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints and its 2009 sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. He has also directed several videos and modeled for various fashion designers.[3]

Early life[edit]

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (née Yarber) and Norman Reedus. His sister, Leslie, was born two years later.[1] He is of English, Italian, Irish, and Scottish descent.[4] He was raised in Los Angeles, California. He also spent some time living in Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[5] 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 got his first taste of acting in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[6] He was first discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to be in a play.


Film and television[edit]

Reedus' first film was in the 1997 William Roth drama "Floating" where he played Van. He has also played roles in the films Mimic, Six Ways to Sunday, Deuces Wild, Blade II, Gossip, 8mm, American Gangster, Hero Wanted, and Moscow Chill. In 2005, he had a small role in the Christian Alvart film Antibodies as a German policeman. In 2008, he starred in the film Red Canyon.[3] Reedus played Murphy MacManus in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints. He also starred in the sequel 2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. He guest starred on Charmed as Paige's (Rose McGowan) boyfriend, Nate.

In 2010, Reedus took on the role of Daryl Dixon in the AMC series The Walking Dead. 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 has stated he 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 Norman'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."[7] Reedus was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Daryl Dixon in 2012.

Reedus starred in the film Hello Herman, which opened nationwide and On-Demand on June 7, 2013.[8]

Modeling, music videos, and art[edit]

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus, and Morgenthal Fredrics. He has appeared in eleven music videos: "Flat Top" by Goo Goo Dolls, "Cats in the Cradle" by Ugly Kid Joe, "Mean to Me" by Tonic, "Strange Currencies" by R.E.M., "Fake Plastic Trees" by Radiohead, "Violently Happy" by Björk, "Wicked As It Seems" by Keith Richards, "Sun Down" by Tricky (ft. Tirzah), "Judas" by Lady Gaga (as Judas) ", Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff, "No Cities to Love" by Sleater-Kinney. Reedus also posed for a Cruelty Free Internationalad in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals.[9] He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[3] 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." [10]

Personal life[edit]

Reedus was in a long-term relationship with supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 until 2003, although the two were never married, despite misreports to the contrary.[11][12] Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).[13][14] The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[15]

In 2005, while in Berlin, Reedus was involved in a car accident. He required surgery for a titanium eye socket and four screws in his nose.[16] He has several tattoos: his father's name on the left side of his chest, a devil on his upper right arm, his son's name on his right forearm, a star on his right hand, a tiny "X" above his left collar bone, two demons on his back, a heart on his right wrist, and a snake on his left leg.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Mimic Jeremy
1998 I'm Losing You Toby
1998 Six Ways to Sunday Harold
1998 Reach the Rock Danny
1998 Dark Harbor Young Man
1998 Davis Is Dead Larry
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Brautigan
1999 8MM Warren Anderson
1999 Floating Van Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance
1999 Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock Saints Murphy MacManus
2000 Beat Lucien Carr
2000 Gossip Travis
2000 Bad Seed Jonathan Casey
2000 Sand Jack
2001 Beatnicks, TheThe Beatnicks Nick Nero
2002 Luster Sextools Delivery Boy
2002 Blade II Scud
2002 Deuces Wild Marco
2003 Nobody Needs to Know Kurt
2003 Tough Luck Archie
2003 Octane (Pulse) Recovery Man
2004 Until the Night Robert
2004 Ôsama no kampô (Great Wall Great Medicine) Norman
2005 Antibodies Polizist Schmitz
2005 Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie Page Billy Neal
2005 Comfortably Numb Buddy Flemming
2006 13 Graves Norman Television film
2006 Walls Henry Flesh Short film
2006 Crime, AA Crime Vincent Harris
2006 I Thought of You Short film
Writer, director
2006 Killer Queen Jack Trust
2007 American Gangster Detective Norman Reilly
2007 Moscow Chill Ray Perso
2008 Hero Wanted Swain Direct-to-video
2008 Meet Me in Berlin Unnamed American Short Film
2008 Red Canyon Mac
2008 Dead*Line Seth Short film
2008 Clown Lucien Short film
2008 Cadillac Records Chess Records Engineer
2008 Echoes of Extinction Eric Richards
2008 Styrofoam Soul Joe
2009 Chase, TheThe Chase Dangerous Guy
2009 Messengers 2: The Scarecrow John Rollins Direct-to-video
2009 Pandorum Shepard
2009 Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, TheThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Murphy MacManus
2010 Meskada Dennis Burrows
2010 Conspirator, TheThe Conspirator Lewis Payne
2010 Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazi Barry Short film
2010 8 Uhr 28 Stranger
2011 Hello Herman Lax Morales
2012 Night of the Templar Henry Flesh
2013 Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Frank Castle / The Punisher Voice
2013 Sunlight Jr. Justin
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Stanley
2014 Stretch Norman Reedus
2015 Air Bauer
2015 Triple Nine Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Charmed Nate Parks Season 5 Episodes 19, 20, and 21
2005 Masters of Horror Kirby Episode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Derek Lord Episode: "Influence" Season 7 Episode 22
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse Episode: "Pilot"
2010–present Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Season 1 (Recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 2-present (Series Regular; 49 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, pending 2015)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Daryl Dixon Voice
2014 Silent Hills Voice and motion capture


  1. ^ a b My Genealogy Home Page:Information about Mark Norman Reedus
  2. ^ Anderson, Kyle (November 26, 2012). "‘The Walking Dead’ star Norman Reedus: What’s On My iPod". Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Norman Reedus web page". Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ (April 27, 2010). "Reedus set for ‘Hawaii Five-O’". 
  5. ^ "Norman Reedus SOMA Article". 
  6. ^ "Biography for Norman Reedus". IMDB. Retrieved March 29, 2009. 
  7. ^ "THE WALKING DEAD Says Happy Valentine's Day, Norman Reedus Says 'Daryl Dixon Will Stab You If You Hug Him'". Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Watch Hello Herman The Movie'". Retrieved June 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus joins Cruelty Free International call for global ban on animal tests for cosmetics," Cruelty Free Internationalpress release, 8 May 2013.
  10. ^ Ayers, Mike. "'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Publishing Daryl Dixon Fan Art Book." The Wall Street Journal: Speakeasy. WSJ, September 15, 2014. Web. September 18, 2014. <
  11. ^ "Christensen Claims Marriage Was A Sham.". Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Christensen Claims Marriage Was a Sham". San Francisco Chronicle. August 3, 2007. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Helena Christensen: profile". Hello!. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  14. ^ Koko Ntuen (May 6, 2011). "Interview with Norman Reedus". Ladygunn Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  15. ^ Carpenter, Cassie (May 13, 2012). "He's growing up so fast! Helena Christensen and son Mingus hang out in SoHo for Mother's Day weekend". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Interview Norman Reedus". Fielding on Film. 
  17. ^ "Norman Reedus - Name Tag, Angels and Demons". April 14, 2011. 

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