Every good protagonist needs a foil, and that’s exactly what Reddick personified on the Amazon series “Bosch.” Based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels, the show follows LAPD detective Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver), a cop with an aversion to following the rules. His boss is Chief of Police Irvin Irving (Reddick), a politically-minded man who is perpetually rankled by Bosch’s avoidance of proper procedure.
Playing another authoritative cop might have seemed like treading well-worn territory for Reddick, and he, too, was hesitant to take the role at first. “It’s a job that I almost didn’t do, I almost turned it down,” he told Express. “I didn’t want to play another commanding officer in law enforcement, but it ended up being one of the highlights of my career.” Indeed, unlike the righteous, straight-laced leaders he played in “The Wire” and “Fringe,” Irving was much more interested in maneuvering through the politics of the department and climbing up the ladder to gain more power for himself. Though something of an antagonist at times, Reddick ensured that Irving was never simply a villain.
As author Michael Connelly tweeted about the late actor, “He took a character who was paper-thin in the books and made Irvin Irving multi-dimensional, machiavellian, intriguing and even sympathetic.”