Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
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Reedus at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Norman Mark Reedus

(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 53)
  • Actor
  • model
  • television host
Years active1992–present
Modeling information
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)

Norman Mark Reedus[1][2] (born January 6, 1969)[3][4] is an American actor and model. He stars in the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon, and has previously starred in the film The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) as Murphy MacManus, as Scud in Marvel's Blade II (2002), Marco in Deuces Wild (2002), and his AMC TV show Ride with Norman Reedus.[5] He has acted in numerous films and television series, and modeled for various fashion designers (including Prada in the 1990s). Reedus also provided motion capture and voice acting for the lead character Sam Porter in the video game Death Stranding (2019).

Early life[edit]

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (née Yarber), a teacher, and Ira Norman Reedus. Reedus's paternal grandmother was of Italian descent, while his grandfather had English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.[6] He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, for a semester. After living in Tokyo, he moved to California to work at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California, and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist.[1] He first acted in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[7] He was discovered at a bar in downtown Hollywood, singing and dancing where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.[8][failed verification]


Film and television[edit]

Reedus in 2014

Reedus played Jeremy in his major film debut Mimic[9] and Mac in Giovanni Rodriguez's Red Canyon.[10] He played Murphy MacManus in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints.[11] He reprised the role in the 2009 sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.[12] He played Scud in Blade II. He guest-starred in Charmed as Nate, the boyfriend of Paige (Rose McGowan). Reedus starred in Hello Herman, which opened nationwide and on-demand on June 7, 2013.[13] Reedus stars in the reality series Ride with Norman Reedus, which premiered in June 2016.[14] Most recently, he started Bigbaldhead Productions with an overall deal at AMC.[15]

The Walking Dead[edit]

In 2010, 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. 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.[16] Reedus was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.

Reedus will reprise his role of Daryl as the lead of a spin-off series centered on his character, following the conclusion of the 11th and final season of The Walking Dead. Angela Kang will be the showrunner for the series, which is set to debut in 2023.[17]

Modeling, music videos, and art[edit]

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus, and Morgenthal Fredrics. In 2015, Reedus posed for a Cruelty Free International advertisement in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals.[18]

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 (feat. Tirzah), "Gypsy Woman" by Hilary Duff, "No Cities to Love" by Sleater-Kinney, and "Curse of the Blackened Eye" by Orville Peck.[19]

He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer, who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York City, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[10] 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.[20]

Video games[edit]

Reedus reprised his role as Daryl Dixon in the 2013 video game The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, which is based on the television series.[21] He was set to star in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's reboot horror game Silent Hills, but Kojima left Konami and the game was canceled in 2015.[22][23][24] Reedus starred in Kojima's video game Death Stranding.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Reedus was in a five-year relationship with supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 to 2003. Despite reports to the contrary, the two were never married.[26][27] Together they have a son, born in 1999.[28][29] They have remained friends and shared joint custody of their son.

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.[30][31]

In 2015, during the filming of Sky, Reedus met Diane Kruger;[32] the two were first seen together as a couple in July 2016.[33] In November 2018, Kruger gave birth to their daughter, Nova; his second and her first child.[34][35]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Floating Van
Mimic Jeremy
Six Ways to Sunday Harold
1998 I'm Losing You Toby
Reach the Rock Danny
Dark Harbor Young Man
Davis Is Dead Larry
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Brautigan
8mm Warren Anderson
The Boondock Saints Murphy MacManus
2000 Beat Lucien Carr
Gossip Travis
Bad Seed Jonathan Casey
Sand Jack
2001 The Beatnicks Nick Nero
2002 Luster Sextools Delivery Boy
Blade II 'Scud'
Deuces Wild Marco Vendetti
2003 Nobody Needs to Know Kurt
Tough Luck Archie
Octane Recovery Man
Overnight Himself Documentary film
2004 Until the Night Robert
Great Wall Great Medicine Norman
2005 Antibodies Polizist Schmitz
The Notorious Bettie Page Billy Neal
2006 Walls Henry Flesh Short film
A Crime Vincent Harris
I Thought of You Unknown Short film;
Also writer and director
Killer Queen Jack Trust
2007 American Gangster Detective Norman Reilly
Moscow Chill Ray Perso
2008 Hero Wanted Swain Direct-to-DVD
Meet Me in Berlin Unnamed American Short film
Red Canyon Mac
Dead*Line Seth Short film
Clown Lucien
Cadillac Records Chess Records Engineer
Echoes of Extinction Eric Richards
Styrofoam Soul Joe
2009 The Chase Dangerous Guy
Messengers 2: The Scarecrow John Rollins Direct-to-DVD
Pandorum Shepard
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Murphy MacManus
2010 Meskada Dennis Burrows
The Conspirator Lewis Payne
Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis Barry Short film
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) Direct-to-DVD
Sunlight Jr. Justin
Pawn Shop Chronicles Stanley
2014 Stretch Himself Cameo
2015 Vacation Truck Driver
Air Bauer Also executive producer
Sky Diego
2016 Triple 9 Russel Welch
2017 Alien Invasion: S.U.M.1 K.E.R.4 (voice)
TBA The Bikeriders Filming


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"
13 Graves Norman Television film
2009 The Chase Dangerous Guy #1 Web series
2010 Hawaii Five-0 Anton Hesse Episode: "Pilot"
2010–2022 The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon Main (season 2–11), recurring (season 1); 148 episodes
2016 American Dad! Tim (voice) Episode: "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"
Turbo FAST Wild Pete (voice) Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly"[36]
Voltron: Legendary Defender Rolo (voice) Episode: "Taking Flight"
2016–2021 Ride with Norman Reedus Himself (host) 24 episodes
2017 Robot Chicken Daryl Dixon (voice) Episode: "The Robot Chicken Walking Dead Special: Look Who's Walking"
2018 Ballmastrz: 9009 Bacchus LaBrute (voice) Episode: "Leather Passions! 2 Hearts, 2 Wheelz, Infinite Roadz. Ride Now!"
2021 Helluva Boss Striker (voice) Episode: "The Harvest Moon Festival"; web series[37]
2021 The Walking Dead: Origins Daryl Dixon / Himself Episode: "Daryl's Story"
TBA Daryl Dixon Daryl Dixon Lead role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice role Notes
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Daryl Dixon Based on the TV series
2014 P.T. Protagonist Motion capture
2019 Death Stranding Sam Porter Bridges
2020 The Walking Dead: Onslaught Daryl Dixon Voice and likeness
Fortnite Battle Royale Likeness
2021 State of Survival Hero Model

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Artist Role(s) Ref.
1992 "Wicked as It Seems" Keith Richards N/A [citation needed]
1994 "Violently Happy" Björk
1995 "Strange Currencies" R.E.M.
"Fake Plastic Trees" Radiohead
2011 "Judas" Lady Gaga Judas Iscariot
2015 "It Just Feels" Jihae N/A [38]
2020 "Don't Chase the Dead" Marilyn Manson [39]
2021 "Never Look Back" Run the Jewels N/A
2022 "The Curse of the Blackened Eye" Orville Peck The Curse

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1997 New England Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance Floating Won [40]
1998 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Six Ways to Sunday Nominated [41]
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television The Walking Dead Nominated [42]
Satellite Awards Best Television Ensemble (shared with cast) Won [43]
IGN Awards Best TV Hero Won [44]
IGN People's Choice Awards Best TV Hero Won
2014 EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [45]
New York City Horror Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Won [46]
2015 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television The Walking Dead Nominated [47]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Supporting Actor Won [48]
2017 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series Nominated [49]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Unstructured Reality Series Ride with Norman Reedus Nominated [50]
2019 People's Choice Awards The Male TV Star of 2019 The Walking Dead Nominated [51]
The Drama TV Star of 2019 Nominated
The Game Awards Best Performance Death Stranding Nominated [52]
2020 British Academy Games Awards Performer in a Leading Role Nominated [53]
2022 Hollywood Walk of Fame Television The Walking Dead Won [54]


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