Norman Mark Reedus (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor best known for his role as Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, 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.
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. 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. He first acted in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. He was discovered at a party in Los Angeles, where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.
Film and television
Reedus' first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy. 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. 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.
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. Reedus was nominated for a 2012 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Dixon.
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. Reedus also posed for a Cruelty Free International ad in support of ending cosmetic tests on animals. He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Frankfurt. 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".
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. Reedus would ultimately resurface in a new Kojima project, Death Stranding.
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. Together they have a son (born October 1999). The two have remained friends and share joint custody of their son.
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.
|1997||Floating||Van||New England Film & Video Festival Special Jury Award for Best Acting Performance|
|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||Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock Saints||Murphy MacManus|
|2000||Bad Seed||Jonathan Casey|
|2001||The Beatnicks||Nick Nero|
|2002||Luster||Sextools Delivery Boy|
|2003||Nobody Needs to Know||Kurt|
|2003||Octane (Pulse)||Recovery Man|
|2004||Until the Night||Robert|
|2004||Ôsama no kampô||Norman||English: Great Wall Great Medicine|
|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||Meet Me in Berlin||Unnamed American||Short Film|
|2008||Cadillac Records||Chess Records Engineer|
|2008||Echoes of Extinction||Eric Richards|
|2009||The Chase||Dangerous Guy|
|2009||Messengers 2: The Scarecrow||John Rollins||Direct-to-video|
|2009||Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, TheThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day||Murphy MacManus|
|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 role; direct-to-video|
|2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Stanley|
|2016||Triple 9||Russel Welch|
|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||66 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||American Dad!||Tim (voice)||Episode: "Hayley Smith, Seal Team Six"|
|2016||Turbo FAST||Wild Pete (voice)||Episode: "The Good, The Bad, and the Bugly"|
|2016||Voltron: Legendary Defender||Rolo (voice)||Episode: "Taking Flight"|
|2016||Ride with Norman Reedus||Himself (host)||6 episodes|
|2013||The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct||Daryl Dixon||Voice and likeness|