Norman Reedus on ‘Walking Dead’: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Norman Reedus — pictured above — at the San Diego Comic Con on July 11, 2015. (Getty)

At 47-years-old, actor Norman Reedus has more than his fair share of movie and TV experience under his belt. While he’s put together an impressive body of work, its his embodiment of Daryl Dixon on AMC’s The Walking Dead that’s given him a God-like status amongst a brunt of the program’s loyalists.

Reedus got his start on the Guillermo del Toro’s 1997 horror flick, Mimic and progressed in his career with a principle role in Boondock Saints (1999). He also played opposite Rose McGowen on WB’s Charmed as her character Paige’s boyfriend.

Acting resume aside, Reedus — who owns his own production company — has also modeled for fashion companies such as Prada, Levi’s and Lexus. The actor has even appeared in 11 music videos, including Keith Richard’s “Wicked As It Seems” and Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees.” The actor also delves into painting, sculpting and photography, having showcased his artwork in New York, Berlin and Frankfurt.

Furthermore, Reedus — prior to his public eye accomplishments — was once employed a Harley Davidson employee at its Venice, California location. Despite all that, there’s still more than meets the eye.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Was Raised in LA But Lived in Japan, Spain & Ireland

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Reedus — the son of Marianne Yarber (teacher) and Norman Reedus — was born in Hollywood, Florida. He is of English, Scottish, Irish and Italian descent. The actor commented to Reedus Family about his short stint in the Sunshine State.

“Yeah, I moved from there very young. I don’t remember anything, I was just a baby when I left there.”

While Reedus ultimately moved to Los Angeles, he also lived in Spain, Ireland, Japan and several other places, he told the site.

I lived in a few different places, Texas, Florida, California, Colorado, Tokyo for a little while, Motookubo in Chiba. London, at the end of the Northern line. I was in Spain in Sitges, for a little bit and moved to Los Angeles. I followed a girl basically, I went with a girl there. I just bounced around a lot.

Reedus was discovered when someone approached him about a theatre acting opportunity. His first play was Maps for Drowners, which took place at the Tiffany Theater on Sunset Boulevard. Initially an understudy, Reedus was handed the part when the actor above him didn’t show. Thereafter, a William Morris casting agent started side-pocketing him (auditioning for roles while not being signed by an agency). He elaborated to the site about his predicament.

I think at the time I didn’t take it very seriously and I just thought: ‘Oh I’m going to get paid to do this.’ I was still kinda figuring it out, but I didn’t really think much of it to be honest. I did that and the first film that I got was by Guillermo del Toro who cast me in Mimic and gave me my SAG card.


2. He Has a Son With Helena Christensen

From 1998 to 2003, Reedus was in a relationship with former Victoria’s Secret angel, Helena Christensen, The two have a son together, Mingus Lucien Reedus, 16, and share joint custody.

In 2010, Christensen spoke to Babble about Mingus’s vast intelligence.

I can’t even follow Mingus’ assignments in school anymore. I went to his parent-teacher conference and his teacher said, “Your son is a bit of a mathematical genius,” and I thought, oh great! He plays chess and beats people, and I’m like, how did that happen?

On May 16, 2015, Reedus gushed about how much he admired Mingus to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“He’s got such a good head on his shoulders. I’m learning from him more then he’s learning from me. He’s my role model!”


3. He Has a Titanium Eye Socket & Screws in His Nose Due to a 2005 Car Accident

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In 2005, Reedus was leaving a concert when his car was pummeled by an 18-wheeler. Although he survived, he needed surgery for it, resulting in a titanium eye socket. According to Men’s Fitness, Reedus admitted to feeling “subconscious about the way his face looked afterward.” However, he said that he quickly got over it in order to go back to doing what he loved; movies and acting.

On December 8, 2015, Reedus dished to Movie Pilot about what transpired during the life-changing event.

We drove just a few feet and just — BLOOSH — an 18=wheeler went right through us/ My whole head was like a hamburger. It was just gnarly. I thought, ‘I’m never going to be an actor again. This is over. I don’t know if it’s getting better.

Reedus needed four screws to reconstruct his nose and left eye socket. He also had 45 stitches across his left eyebrow. He told Daniel R. Epstein that he still experiences after-effects from the accident.

“I’m still seeing all the speckles and I have headaches all the time… I see spots out of my left eye. They call them floaters and I see them all the time. The whole world’s in speckles all the time. It’s real weird.”

Reedus also told Epstein that although the situation was traumatizing, there was some good to come out of it. He explained that the experience led to the creation of I Thought of You, a 2006 Miles Davis-based film he wrote and directed that got into the New York Film Festival in 2006.


4. He Owns a Production Company

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Acting aside, Reedus also owns and runs his own production company, titled Big Bald Head. According to the company’s website, Big Bald Head has three movie credits: I Thought of You, A Filthy Little Fruit and The Rub. All of the films can be bought on the production company’s website.

As mentioned above, Reedus is also involved in photography. In October 2013, he let fans in on his artistic side when he put out The Sun’s Coming Up, a book of photos he collected from 15 years worth of travel. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the art book “mirrors that of his Big Bald Head production company. Reedus spoke to the site on August 19, 2013 about the limited-edition collector’s volume.

“It’s a really nice hardcover book and it’s very personal. [The photos are] through my eyes, like my interpretation of what my surroundings were at certain times.”


5. He Has An Estimated Net Worth of $8 Million

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Reedus has an estimated net worth of $8 million. The site reported that he collects $80,000 per episode for The Walking Dead.

On December 4, 2015, Celebrity Petal reported that Reedus makes $1 million annually. The site broke down the sources of his net worth:

Sunlight Jr.: $2,000,000

Pawn Shop Chronicles: $1,600,000

Hello Herman: $1,333,333

Night of the Templar: $1,142,857

Meskeda: $888,889

Ollie Klubershturf vs. the Nazis: $727,273

The Walking Dead: $571,429

The Conspirator: $444,444

8 Uhr 28: $400,000

The Chase: $320,000

Total money earned for his above-listed roles: $9,428,225

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