Norman Mark Reedus[2][3][4] (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor[2] best known for his role as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead,[5] an AMC television horror drama series. 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.[2][7]

Early life

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, to Marianne (Yarber), a teacher, and Norman Reedus, Sr. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandmother), English, Scottish, and Irish descent.[8] He was raised in Los Angeles. Reedus also lived in Japan, Spain, and Ireland. He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist.[2] He first acted in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[9] He was discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.[10]


Film and television

Reedus' first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy.[8] 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.[7] 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. Reedus is starring in a six-episode reality mini-series which premiered on June 12, 2016, Ride With Norman Reedus.[11]

The Walking Dead

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.[12] 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.[13]

Modeling, music videos, and art

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus, and Morgenthal Fredrics. He has appeared in 11 music videos: "Judas (Lady Gaga song)" by Lady Gaga, "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, "No Cities to Love" by Sleater-Kinney.[14] Reedus also posed for a Cruelty Free International ad in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals.[15] He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[7] 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".[16]

Video games

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.[17]

Reedus was to portray the main character in Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro's Silent Hills—a horror game which 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.[18][19][20] Reedus would ultimately resurface in a new Kojima project, Death Stranding.[21]

Personal life

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.[3][3] Together they have a son (born October 1999).[3][3] The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.[3]

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.[3]



1997FloatingVanNew England Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance
1998I'm Losing YouToby
1998Six Ways to SundayHarold
1998Reach the RockDanny
1998Dark HarborYoung Man
1998Davis Is DeadLarry
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackBrautigan
19998MMWarren Anderson
1999Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock SaintsMurphy MacManus
2000BeatLucien Carr
2000Bad SeedJonathan Casey
2001The BeatnicksNick Nero
2002LusterSextools Delivery Boy
2002Blade IIScud
2002Deuces WildMarco
2003Nobody Needs to KnowKurt
2003Tough LuckArchie
2003Octane (Pulse)Recovery Man
2004Until the NightRobert
2004Ôsama no kampôNormanEnglish: Great Wall Great Medicine
2005AntibodiesPolizist Schmitz
2005Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie PageBilly Neal
2006WallsHenry FleshShort film
2006Crime, AA CrimeVincent Harris
2006I Thought of YouShort film; writer, director
2006Killer QueenJack Trust
2007American GangsterDetective Norman Reilly
2007Moscow ChillRay Perso
2008Hero WantedSwainDirect-to-video
2008Meet Me in BerlinUnnamed AmericanShort Film
2008Red CanyonMac
2008Dead*LineSethShort film
2008ClownLucienShort film
2008Cadillac RecordsChess Records Engineer
2008Echoes of ExtinctionEric Richards
2008Styrofoam SoulJoe
2009The ChaseDangerous Guy
2009Messengers 2: The ScarecrowJohn RollinsDirect-to-video
2009Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, TheThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints DayMurphy MacManus
2010MeskadaDennis Burrows
2010Conspirator, TheThe ConspiratorLewis Payne
2010Ollie Klublershturf vs. The NazisBarryShort film
20108 Uhr 28Stranger
2011Hello HermanLax Morales
2012Night of the TemplarHenry Flesh
2013Iron Man: Rise of TechnovoreFrank Castle / The PunisherVoice role; direct-to-video
2013Sunlight Jr.Justin
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesStanley
2014StretchNorman Reedus
2015VacationTruck Driver
2016Triple 9Russel Welch


2003CharmedNate Parks2 episodes
2005Masters of HorrorKirbyEpisode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDerek LordEpisode: "Influence"
200613 GravesNormanTelevision film
2010Hawaii Five-0Anton HesseEpisode: Pilot
2010–presentWalking Dead, TheThe Walking DeadDaryl Dixon66 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)
2016American Dad!Tim (voice)Episode: "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"
2016Turbo FASTWild Pete (voice)Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly"[3]
2016Voltron: Legendary DefenderRolo (voice)Episode: "Taking Flight"
2016Ride with Norman ReedusHimself (host)6 episodes

Video games

2013The Walking Dead: Survival InstinctDaryl DixonVoice and likeness