Norman Mark Reedus is best known for his role as gruff archer Daryl Dixon on the popular AMC horror drama series The Walking Dead. Unlike most characters in the series, Dixon does not appear in the original graphic novels for the show meaning he was not part of the original cast. Reedus’ role was added to the series because he begged the show creator Frank Darabont for it. Daryl was first an aloof, volatile outsider but has now grown into one of the most loved characters by fans.
Date of Birth: January 6, 1969
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Before he dabbled into acting, Norman was a motorcycle enthusiast. He was working at a Harley Davidson shop in Los Angeles but had gone to a night party, drank way too much, got into a fight and was subsequently fired from his job. At the same party after the star actor had been high on alcohol, he found himself yelling at a bunch of people and that was how strangely, somebody asked him to be in a play. He did play and moved into acting on a full time basis.
The Blade II (2002) actor is not just into movies; he is also a painter, sculptor and photographer with his art work displayed in American and German galleries. Reedus in the 1990s modeled for big brands such as Prada and Levis. He has been in a number of relationships and is a father of one; soon-to-be-two. Keep reading as we fill you in on the details about his family and love life.
Marianne Yarber Reedus (mother)
Marianne taught in kindergarten, high school and ran an orphanage. She was once a Playboy Bunny and raised her kids majorly on her own as their father was hardly around.
Ira Norman Reedus (father)
Date of Birth: 1939
Date of Death: 2002 (aged 62)
The Six Ways to Sunday (1998) actor has a tattoo of his father’s name on his chest. His dad was hardly ever around when he was much younger as he was a busy businessman. Ira and his only son however reconciled before Norman Sr. died in 2002. The star actor even mentioned that it was the memory of his father’s death he used to evoke Daryl’s emotional response to the death of his brother Merle in Season 3 of the famed TV show.
Leslie Reedus (sister from same parents)
She is the only sibling to the famed actor and unlike her brother, there is little about her in the public face.
Helena Christensen (former partner)
Duration of Relationship: 1998 – 2003 (5 years)
Date of Birth: December 25, 1968
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Helena is a Danish model and was crowned Miss Denmark in 1986. Reedus met her through their mutual friend, Yelena Yemchuk and they started dating that same year. Both lovers welcomed their son about a year into their relationship but less than five years after, things started towards a downward spiral.
Reedus and the Victoria’s Secret Angel split up when their son Mingus was just four years old. After the break up, they remained on good terms and maintained shared custody of their little son. Since 2008, the Danish model and photographer has been in a relationship with Interpol singer Paul Banks.
Diane Kruger (girlfriend)
Duration of Relationship: 2016 till present
Date of Birth: July 15, 1976
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
They met in 2015 while filming Sky but did not start dating till a year after. Aside from their debut appearance at the Golden Globes 2018, both lovers have been spotted on a few public outings from apartment hunting in New York City to vacationing in Costa Rica.
Diane had been in a number of relationships in times past but she never had a child with any of her exes. She’s explained that she is ready to be a mother now and adds that her role as godmother to three children might have contributed to her desire to have her own babies.
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Reedus and his new lover are expecting a baby and their love seems to be going strong.
Mingus Lucien Reedus (son with Helena Christensen)
Date of Birth: October 13, 1999
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Lucien was named after the renowned jazz bassist Charles Mingus. He is the only child to both his parents who are no more together but a half-sibling is on the way for Mingus from his father’s newest relationship.
In fall 2017, he made his modelling debut for Calvin Klein on the runway at the New York Fashion Week. He did the show because he is a huge lover of the brand and not because he wants to follow his mother’s footsteps on a permanent basis. His mum watched him at the show and described her Lily-Rose Depp lookalike son as bizarre.
Earlier this month, 18-year old Mingus graduated from high school and his parents were there to celebrate the beautiful occasion. His parents have been on amicable terms since their split and Norman took to social media to praise Helena for raising their son so well.