Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born Mark Norman Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 45)
Hollywood, Florida, United States
Years active 1993–present
Partner(s) Helena Christensen (1998–2003)
Children 1
Official website
Secondary official website

Mark Norman Reedus[1] (born January 6, 1969)[2] is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Daryl Dixon in the television series The Walking Dead. He is also known for his breakout role as Murphy McManus in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints and its sequel, released 10 years later. Norman has directed several videos and modeled for various fashion designers.[3]

Early life[edit]

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida in 1969, the son of Marianne (née Yarber) and Norman Reedus. His sister, Leslie, was born two years later.[1] He was raised in Los Angeles, California. He also spent some time living in Japan, the United Kingdom, and Spain.[4] He worked at a Harley Davidson shop in Venice, CA 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.[5] He was first discovered at a party in Los Angeles where he started screaming with giant sunglasses on until someone asked if he wanted to be in a play.[6] He is of English, Italian, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish heritage.[7]

Film and television[edit]

His first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy.[5] He has also played roles in the films Floating, 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 German film Antibodies as a German Polizist (policeman). In 2008 he starred in the film Red Canyon.[3]

Reedus played the role of Murphy MacManus in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. He also starred opposite Flanery in the sequel 2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

Reedus guest starred on Charmed as Paige's (Rose McGowan) boyfriend, Nate.

In 2010, Reedus took on the role of Daryl Dixon in the AMC television 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."[8] Reedus was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work as Daryl Dixon in 2012.

He starred in the film Hello Herman directed by Michelle Danner, which opened nationwide and On-Demand[9] on June 7, 2013.

Modeling, music videos, and art[edit]

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus and most recently Morgenthal Fredrics. He has appeared in nine 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, and "Judas" by Lady Gaga (as Judas). 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 for photography on October 31, 2013.

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 rumors and misreporting to the contrary.[10] Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus, born on October 13, 1999.[11][12] Reedus and Christensen have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[13] In 2005, while in Berlin, Germany, Reedus was in a car accident. He had to have surgery and his left eye has a titanium eye socket with 4 screws in his nose.[14] He has several tattoos: his father's name on the left side of his chest (also "Norman", in memoriam), a devil on his upper right arm, "Mingus" in red 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.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Floating Van
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 David Is Dead Larry
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Brautigan
1999 8MM Warren Anderson
1999 Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock Saints Murphy MacManus
2000 Beat Lucien Carr
2000 Gossip Travis
2000 Bad Seed Jonathan Casey
2000 Sand Jack
2001 Beat Nicks, TheThe Beat Nicks 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 Recovery man
2004 Until the Night Robert
2004 Ôsama no kampô
2005 Antibodies Polizist Schmitz
2005 Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie Page Billy Neal
2005 Comfortably Numb Buddy Flemming
2005 Masters of Horror - John Carpenters - Cigarette Burns Kirby Sweetman
2006 13 Graves Norman
2006 Walls Henry Flesh Short film
2006 Crime, AA Crime Vincent Harris
2006 I Thought of You Short
Writer and 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 Echos 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 Night of the Templar Henry
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
2015 Air
2015 Triple Nine
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Charmed Nate Parks 2 episodes
2005 Masters of Horror Kirby Episode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Derek Lord Episode: "Influence"
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse Episode: "Pilot"
2010–present Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Daryl Dixon 40 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
IGN Award Best TV Hero (2012)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television (2012)
2011-2014 The Soup Himself/Daryl Dixon 2 episodes
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse Episode: "Olelo Pa'a"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Daryl Dixon Voice


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  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 2009-11-05. 
  4. ^ "Norman Reedus SOMA Article". 
  5. ^ a b "Biography for Norman Reedus". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Interview with Norman Reedus". myFanbase. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
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  8. ^ "THE WALKING DEAD Says Happy Valentine's Day, Norman Reedus Says 'Daryl Dixon Will Stab You If You Hug Him'". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  9. ^ "Watch Hello Herman The Movie'". Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  10. ^ "Christensen Claims Marriage Was A Sham.". Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Helena Christensen: profile". Hello!. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ Koko Ntuen (May 6, 2011). "Interview with Norman Reedus". Ladygunn Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  13. ^ 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: Retrieved April 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Interview Norman Reedus". Fielding on Film. 
  15. ^ "Norman Reedus - Name Tag, Angels and Demons". April 14, 2011. 

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