Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus 2016 (cropped).jpg
Reedus in July 2016
Born Norman Mark Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 48)
Hollywood, Florida, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1997–present
Partner(s) Helena Christensen (1998–2003)
Children 1

Norman Mark Reedus[1][2][3][4] (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor and model,[1] best known for his role as Daryl Dixon on the AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead,[5] 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).[1][6]

Early life[edit]

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.[7] He grew up in Los Angeles, California, and also lived in Ireland, Japan, and Spain.[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 first acted in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[8] He was discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.[9]


Film and television[edit]

Reedus in 2014

Reedus' first film was in the 1997 Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy.[7] 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.[6] Reedus played Murphy MacManus in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints.[10] He reprised the role in the 2009 sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.[11] 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.[12] Reedus currently stars in the reality series Ride with Norman Reedus, which premiered on June 12, 2016,[13]

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, 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.[14] Reedus was nominated for a 2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dixon.

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 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.[16]

He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York City, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[6] 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.[17]

Video games[edit]

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.[18]

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][20][21] Reedus would ultimately resurface in a new Kojima project, Death Stranding.[22]

Personal life[edit]

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.[23][24] Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).[25][26] The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[27]



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 Documentary
2004 Until the Night Robert
2004 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 and director
2006 Killer Queen Jack Trust
2007 American Gangster Detective Norman Reilly
2007 Moscow Chill Ray Perso
2008 Hero Wanted Swain Direct-to-DVD
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-DVD
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) Direct-to-DVD
2013 Sunlight Jr. Justin
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Stanley
2014 Stretch Himself Cameo
2014 Lennon or McCartney Himself Short documentary film; interview clip[28]
2015 Vacation Truck Driver Cameo
2015 Air Bauer
2015 Sky Diego
2016 Triple 9 Russel Welch


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 (Season 1)
Main Cast (Season 2–present)
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 American Dad! Tim (voice) Episode: "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"
2016 Turbo FAST Wild Pete (voice) Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly"[29]
2016 Voltron: Legendary Defender Rolo (voice) Episode: "Taking Flight"
2016-present Ride with Norman Reedus Himself (host) 6 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct Daryl Dixon Voice and likeness
2014 P.T. Protagonist Motion capture and likeness
TBA Death Stranding Motion capture, likeness, voice

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
1998 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor Six Ways to Sunday Nominated [30]
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television The Walking Dead Nominated [31]
IGN Awards Best TV Hero Won [32]
2014 EWwy Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [33]
New York City Horror Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Various Won [34]
2015 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor on Television The Walking Dead Nominated [35]
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best TV Supporting Actor Won [36]


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