Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
Born Norman Mark Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 47)
Hollywood, Florida
Occupation Actor, photographer, model, director, writer
Years active 1993–present
Children 1

Norman Mark Reedus[1][2][3] (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor and model[1] best known for his television role as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, an AMC horror drama series (2010–present). He has also acted in numerous films, appeared in and created several videos, done video game voiceovers, and modeled for various fashion designers, most recognizably Prada in the 1990s.[1][4]

Early life[edit]

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, and is the elder of two children born to Marianne (née Yarber) and Norman Reedus. He is of Italian (from his maternal grandfather), English, Scottish and Scotch-Irish descent.[5] He was raised in Los Angeles, California. Reedus also lived in Japan, Spain, and Ireland .[citation needed] He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist.[1] 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.[7]


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 Dark Harbor, 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.[4] 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.

The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2010, Reedus took on the role of 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 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." The drama has evolved into the highest rated in cable history, smashing all previous records.[8] Reedus was nominated for a 2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dixon.

Reedus also starred in the film Hello Herman, which opened nationwide and on-demand on June 7, 2013.[9]

In 2014, Reedus was set to the voice and motion capture for the main protagonist in the video game Silent Hills, which was to be directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro. He appeared in the demo entitled P.T.[10] On April 27, 2015, Konami, Reedus and del Toro announced the cancellation of the project.[11]

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 ten 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), "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff, "Judas" by Lady Gaga (as Judas) ", "No Cities to Love" by Sleater-Kinney.[citation needed] Reedus also posed for a Cruelty Free Internationalad in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals.[12] He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[4] 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".[13]

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 reports to the contrary.[14][15] Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).[16][17] The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[18]

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.[19] He has a number of 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.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Floating Van New England Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance
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 Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock Saints Murphy MacManus
2000 Beat Lucien Carr
2000 Gossip Travis
2000 Bad Seed Jonathan Casey
2000 Sand Jack
2001 The 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
2003 Overnight Himself
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
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 The 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 Nazis 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 Vacation Truck Driver
2015 Air Bauer
2015 Sky Diego
2016 Triple 9 Russel Welch Post-production


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"
2006 13 Graves Norman Television film
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse Episode: Pilot
2010–present Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Recurring role (Season 1; 4 episodes)
Main role (Season 2–present; 54 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)
2016 Ride With Norman Reedus Himself (host) 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Daryl Dixon Voice
2014 P.T. N/A Voice & motion capture
Originally known as Silent Hills but officially cancelled


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  9. ^ "Cast and Crew". Hello Herman The Movie. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ Grayson, Nathan (August 13, 2014). "Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro Team Up for New Silent Hill". Kotaku UK. Future plc. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ Porter, Matt (April 27, 2015). "Silent Hills Has Officially Been Cancelled". IGN. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus joins Cruelty Free International call for global ban on animal tests for cosmetics" (Press release). Cruelty Free International. May 8, 2013. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  13. ^ Ayers, Mike (September 15, 2014). "'Walking Dead' Star Norman Reedus Publishing Daryl Dixon Fan Art Book". Speakeasy. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Christensen Claims Marriage Was A Sham.". Female First. August 4, 2007. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  15. ^ Lisaz (August 3, 2007). "Christensen Claims Marriage Was a Sham". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Helena Christensen: profile". Hello!. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  17. ^ Ntuen, Koko (May 25, 2015). "Interview with Norman Reedus". LadyGunn. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  18. ^ 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". Daily Mail. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
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  20. ^ "Norman Reedus Interviews". Retrieved 15 October 2015. 

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