Norman Reedus

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Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus 2009.jpg
BornNorman Mark Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 44)
Hollywood, Florida
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Helena Christensen (1998-2003)
ChildrenMingus Lucien Reedus (b. 1999)
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Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus 2009.jpg
BornNorman Mark Reedus
(1969-01-06) January 6, 1969 (age 44)
Hollywood, Florida
Years active1997–present
Partner(s)Helena Christensen (1998-2003)
ChildrenMingus Lucien Reedus (b. 1999)

Norman Mark Reedus (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayal of Daryl Dixon in the television series The Walking Dead and Murphy McManus in the 1999 film The Boondock Saints and its sequel released 10 years later. He has also directed several videos and modeled for various fashion designers.[1]


Early life and career

Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida,[2] and months later moved to Los Angeles, California. He also spent some time living in Japan, England, and Spain.[3] In Los Angeles, he worked at a Harley Davidson shop in Venice and contributed artwork to various shows as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist. He got his first taste of acting in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard.[4] He was first discovered at a party in Los Angeles where he started screaming with giant sunglasses on, until someone asked if he wanted to be in a play.[5]

Film and television

His first film was in 1997 the Guillermo del Toro horror thriller film Mimic, where he played the character Jeremy.[4] He has also played roles in the films Floating, 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 German film Antibodies as a German Polizist (policeman). In 2008 he starred in the film Red Canyon.[1]

Reedus is perhaps best known for playing the role of Murphy MacManus in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints opposite Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. He also starred opposite Flanery in the sequel 2009 The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.

Reedus at the 2012 Comic-Con in San Diego.

In 2010, Reedus took on the role of Daryl Dixon in the AMC television series The Walking Dead. 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 has stated he 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."[6]

Modeling, music videos, and art

Reedus has modeled for Prada, Alessandro Dell'Acqua, Durban, Levi's, Lexus and most recently Morgenthal Fredrics. He has appeared in seven music videos: Flat Top by Goo Goo Dolls, Cats In The Cradle by Ugly Kid Joe, Strange Currencies by R.E.M., Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead, Violently Happy by Björk, Wicked as it Seems by Keith Richards and Judas by Lady Gaga (as Judas). He is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer who currently shows his artwork in galleries in New York, Berlin, and Frankfurt.[1]

Personal life

Reedus was in a long term relationship with Danish fashion model Helena Christensen from 1998 until 2003. Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).[7][8]

In 2005, while in Berlin, Germany, Reedus was in a car accident. He had to have surgery and his left eye has a titanium eye socket. And 4 screws in his nose.[9] He has several tattoos: his father's name on the left side of his chest, a devil on his upper right arm, "Mingus" in red on his right forearm, a star on his right hand, two demons on his back, a heart on his right wrist and a snake on his left leg.[10]



1997FloatingVanSpecial Jury Award Best Acting Performance
1997Six Ways to SundayHarry Odum
1998Davis Is DeadLarry
1998I'm Losing YouToby
1998Reach The RockDanny
1998Dark HarborYoung man
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackBrautigan
19998MMWarren Anderson
1999Boondock Saints, TheThe Boondock SaintsMurphy MacManus
2000BeatLucien Carr
2000Bad SeedJonathan Casey
2001Beat Nicks, TheThe Beat NicksNick Nero
2002LusterSextools delivery boy
2002Blade IIScud
2002Deuces WildMarco
2003Nobody Needs to KnowKurt
2003Tough LuckArchie
2003OctaneRecovery man
2004Until the NightRobert
2004Ôsama no kampô
2005AntibodiesPolizist Schmitz
2005Notorious Bettie Page, TheThe Notorious Bettie PageBilly Neal
2005Comfortably NumbBuddy Flemming
2005Masters of Horror - John Carpenters - Cigarette BurnsKirby Sweetman
200613 GravesNorman
2006WallsHenry FleshShort film
2006Crime, AA CrimeVincent Harris
2006I Thought of YouShort
Writer and Director
2006Killer QueenJack Trust
2007American GangsterDetective Norman Reilly
2007Moscow ChillRay Perso
2008Hero WantedSwainDirect-to-video
2008Red CanyonMac
2008Dead*LineSethShort film
2008ClownLucienShort film
2008Cadillac RecordsChess Records engineer
2008Echos of ExtinctionEric Richards
2008Styrofoam SoulJoe
2009Chase, TheThe ChaseDangerous guy
2009Messengers 2: The ScarecrowJohn RollinsDirect-to-video
2009Night of the TemplarHenry
2009Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, TheThe Boondock Saints II: All Saints DayMurphy MacManus
2010MeskadaDennis Burrows
2010Conspirator, TheThe ConspiratorLewis Payne
2010Ollie Klublershturf vs. The NaziBarryShort film
20108 Uhr 28Stranger
2011Hello HermanLax Morales
2012Night of the TemplarHenry Flesh
2013Iron Man: Rise of TechnovoreFrank Castle / The PunisherVoice
2013Sunlight Jr.JustinComplete
2013Pawn Shop ChroniclesTBAPost-production


2003CharmedNate ParksEpisodes: "Sense and Sense Ability", " Necromancing the Stone"
2005Masters Of HorrorKirbyEpisode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDerek LordEpisode: "Influence"
2010Hawaii Five-0Anton HessEpisode: "Pilot"
2010–presentWalking Dead, TheThe Walking DeadDaryl DixonSeason 1 (recurring; 4 episodes)
Season 2-present (series regular)
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series (2012)
IGN Award Best TV Hero (2012)
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television (2012)
2011Soup, TheThe SoupDaryl DixonEpisode #8.39

Video games

2013The Walking Dead: Survival InstinctDaryl DixonVoice


  1. ^ a b c "Norman Reedus web page". Retrieved 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Norman Reedus Bio". Retrieved 26 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Norman Reedus SOMA Article". 
  4. ^ a b "Biography for Norman Reedus". IMDB. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Interview with Norman Reedus". myFanbase. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  6. ^ "THE WALKING DEAD Says Happy Valentine's Day, Norman Reedus Says 'Daryl Dixon Will Stab You If You Hug Him'". Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Helena Christensen: profile". Hello!. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ Koko Ntuen (May 6, 2011). "Interview with Norman Reedus". Ladygunn Magazine. Retrieved February 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Interview Norman Reedus". Fielding on Film. 
  10. ^ "Norman Reedus - Name Tag, Angels and Demons". April 14, 2011. 

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