About Norman Reedus
Born in Hollywood, FL on Jan. 6, 1969, Norman Reedus was raised in Los Angeles, CA, which he reportedly left to seek his own fortune at the age of 12. After spending time in a variety of countries, including England and Japan, he returned to California, where he worked at a Harley Davidson motorcycle repair shop in Venice Beach. Reedus began acting in Los Angeles theater, making his screen debut with a bit part in Guillermo Del Toro's underrated science fiction thriller "Mimic" in 1997. That same year, he vaulted to leading man status with the indie "Six Ways to Sunday" (1997) as a disturbed young man who becomes a hitman to support his mother (Deborah Harry). He continued to mine a vein of dark characters in subsequent releases, including "Dark Harbor" (1998), in which his mysterious stranger drove a lethal wedge between quarrelling married couple Alan Rickman and Polly Walker, and a sleazy LA habitué who led a young girl into a nightmare world of pornography in Joel Schumacher's much-loathed "8mm" (1999).
That same year, Reedus played Murphy McManus, the more volatile half of two vigilante brothers who dedicated themselves to wiping out crime in Boston in "The Boondock Saints" (1999), a minor crime drama that became a cult favorite on DVD. The film, which was largely overshadowed by the negative press directed at its director, Troy Duffy, for his boorish behavior during and after production, generated enough goodwill among viewers to produce a sequel, "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" (2009), with Reedus reprising his role. It too failed to find much traction at the box office. During this period, Reedus' feline looks earned him favored nation status as a model for numerous high-end fashion houses, including Prada, among others.
The high profile afforded by his work as a model thrust Reedus into the spotlight, but he rarely found a solid vehicle. Audiences largely avoided his work in indie features such as "Let the Devil Wear Black" (1999), which transported Shakespeare's "Hamlet" to modern-day Los Angeles, as well as studio efforts like "Gossip" (2000), which attempted to repeat the young-stars-in-peril formula of "Scream" (1997) by pitting three venal students, including Reedus, against a seemingly innocent couple (Joshua Jackson and Kate Hudson). A reunion with Del Toro on "Blade II" (2002) gave him a rare break from flops and a choice role as Scud, a young weapon builder who aided Wesley Snipes' vampire hunter in tracking down powerful, mutated bloodsuckers.
He returned to minor theatrical efforts like the period gang drama "Deuces Wild" (2002), which cast him as a vengeful drug dealer, and "Octane" (2002), in which he played a deranged driver who aids Madeleine Stowe against a cult of car worshipers. Reedus soon settled into supporting roles in features and television, most notably in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster" (2007) as a New York police detective, and as a terrified space traveler in "Pandorum" (2009). The year 2010 saw him working largely on television, including a recurring role on the massively popular AMC series, "Walking Dead," as a scurrilous redneck survivor of a zombie plague who risked life and limb to rescue his racist brother (Michael Rooker) after being abandoned by a scouting patrol.
|Bridget Hall. No longer together|
|Helena Christensen. Began dating 1998; split 2003|
|Appeared in print advertisments for Prada clothing|
|Landed first film role in "Reach the Rock"; film not released until 1998|
|First feature released theatrically, "Mimic"|
|Played the troubled son of Deborah Harry in "Six Ways to Sunday," an adaptation of the novel Portrait of a Young Man Drowning by Charles Perry|
|Co-starred alongside Alan Rickman and Polly Walker in the suspense thriller "Dark Harbor"; screened at film festivals; released on video in 2000|
|Co-starred with Sean Patrick Flanery as fraternal twins going after Boston mafia in "Boondock Saints"|
|Played supporting role in Joel Schumacher's thriller "8mm," starring Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix|
|Featured in the college drama "Gossip"|
|Appeared in "Blade II" opposite Wesley Snipes|
|Cast as Page's abusive husband in the HBO original film "The Notorious Bettie Page," starring Gretchen Mol as the 1950s pin-up model|
|Co-starred in Asia Argento's "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things," based on JT Leroy's critically acclaimed novel of the same name|
|Played a detective in Ridley Scott's "American Gangster"|
|Reprised role in sequel "The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day"|
|Cast as Daryl Dixon, an expert marksman and one of the survivors on AMC's "The Walking Dead"|