American actor and model Norman Reedus have been in the entertainment industry since the early 90s. His first major success came in the 1999 movie The Boondock Saints. Reedus went on to act in films like Deuces Wild (2002), Blade II (2002), American Gangster (2007), and more.
He earned high critical acclaim for his portrayal of the character Daryl Dixon in the AMC horror series, The Walking Dead which premiered in 2010. The role has earned him a couple of nominations and awards including, the IGN Award for Best TV Hero.
Norman Reedus Bio
The 6th of January 1969 was the day Norman Reedus arrived on the earth in the family of Ira Norman Reedus and his wife Marianne Reedus (née Yarber), who lived in Hollywood, Florida. Reedus is of Italian, English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Following his high school graduation, Norman Reedus spent a semester at Bethany College before dropping out to pursue other interests. As a young man in a quest to discover his place in society, Reedus was involved in a variety of things. He worked at a Harley-Davidson shop in Venice, California where he earned $7.50 per hour. On the side, Reedus also worked as a painter, photographer, sculptor, and video artist.
This bloke was a frequent party-goer while living in Los Angeles. At one of those parties, someone noticed his personality and asked about his interest in acting, and that marked the beginning of Reedus’ acting career. Norman Reedus got his first acting job in the play Maps for Drowners at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. Throughout the early 90s, he appeared in the music videos of artists like Keith Richards, Björk, R.E.M., and Radiohead. He got his debut film role in 1997’s science fiction horror film, Mimic, and later Floating.
Norman Reedus got critical acclaim for portraying Harold in the 1998 crime drama film, Six Ways to Sunday for which he earned a Gotham Breakthrough Award nomination. The following year in 1999, he wowed with his performance in The Boondock Saints.
While racking up his filmography in the 90s, Reedus also worked as a fashion model representing brands like Prada. Though Reedus would come to star in numerous films, it was his part in The Walking Dead that gave him the biggest break of his career. In 2016 he began his show, Ride with Norman Reedus.
Norman Reedus has come a long way from the days when he earned a mere $7 for an hour’s work. He now earns over $650,000 for each episode of The Walking Dead. In addition to occasional modeling and other TV and film gigs, Norman is smiling to the bank more than ever. His net worth is estimated at over $18 million.
Son, Wife or Girlfriend, Is He Gay or Married?
Though Norman Reedus has never walked down the aisle with any of his loves, one thing is for sure – the actor is not gay. However, gay rumors linked with Norman Reedus began to swirl following speculations that his character in The Walking Dead had gay tendencies.
The show’s creator, Robert Kirkman revealed in 2014 that though he had initially planned on making the character gay, he changed his mind. Kirkman quelled the rumors once and for all by confirming that Reedus’ character is straight.
However, even though Kirkman went ahead with his plans to make Daryl Dixon gay, it shouldn’t have in no way confirmed the actor, Norman Reedus’ real-life sexual orientation. Reedus is only an actor doing his job. In real life, this actor has romanced a handful of women and particularly has a thing for models. Though Reedus has largely remained tight-lipped about his romantic life, details on a couple of his relationships have made it to media lights.
The actor dated Danish supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 to 2003. Reedus had met Christensen through their mutual friend, photographer Yelena Yemchuk. On October 13, 1999, the couple welcomed their son Mingus Lucien Reedus who was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Reedus’ son in 2017 began following in his mother’s steps to become a fashion model.
In 2003, Norman and Christensen split up for reasons that have never made it to the media. However, the split was an amicable one as the pair have remained very friendly over the years parenting their son together.
His next long-term relationship began in 2016 with German actress Diane Kruger. They met on the set of their 2015 movie Sky when Diane was still dating Joshua Jackson. However, in July 2016 following her split from Jackson, Reedus and Diane made their relationship official. In May 2018, word got out that Reedus and Diane were expecting their first baby together.
Reedus had brief relationships with Jarah Mariano in 2009, Glenn Lovrich in 2011, and Cecilia Singley in 2013.