American actor and model
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Norman Mark Reedus (born January 6, 1969) is an American actor. He is known for starring in the popular AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead as Daryl Dixon, in the film The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009) as Murphy MacManus, as Scud in Marvel's Blade II (2002), Marco in Deuces Wild (2002) and for his AMC TV show Ride with Norman Reedus. He has acted in numerous films and television series, and modeled for various fashion designers. Reedus also provided motion capture and voice acting for the lead character Sam Porter in the video game Death Stranding (2019).
Reedus was born in Hollywood, Florida, the son of Marianne (née Yarber), a teacher, and Ira Norman Reedus. Reedus's paternal grandmother was of Italian descent, while his grandfather had English, Scottish and Irish ancestry. He attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, for a semester. After living in Tokyo, he came to California to work 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 bar in downtown Hollywood, singing and dancing where someone asked him if he wanted to act in a play.
Reedus was in a five-year relationship with supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 to 2003. Despite reports to the contrary, the two were never married. Together they have a son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born October 13, 1999).They have remained friends and shared joint custody of their son.
In February 2005, Reedus sustained a head injury when a truck collided with his car in Germany. His nose was reconstructed with the aid of four screws and his left eye socket with titanium.
In 2015, during the filming of Sky, Reedus met Diane Kruger; the two were first seen together as a couple in July 2016. In November 2018, Kruger gave birth to their daughter, her first and his second child.