Picks and Pans Review: The Lighter Side of Fringe's Lance Reddick

updated 01/19/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/19/2009 01:00AM

• He's everywhere, from FOX's sci-fi series Fringe to ABC's Lost, reruns of HBO's The Wire and those Cadillac ads. But Lance Reddick, 46, known for intense roles (like Mariah Carey's abusive husband in the upcoming movie Tennessee), does have a softer, sillier self.

1 HE CAN SING
The former Eastman School of Music student croons on his 2007 album Contemplations & Remembrances. He wrote his first song at 7 but says, "Classmates loved reminding me it was like 'If' by Bread."

2 HE'S A PRANK CALLER
He dialed Fringe's Anna Torv as Gilbert, a raspy-voiced old man asking for "Niecy." Says the actor, laughing: "She flipped out."

3 ROMAN HOLIDAY MADE HIM CRY
"It was poignant," he says of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck's bittersweet romantic classic.

4 EVERY WOMAN HAS A SHOT
"I love dark, light, tall, petite, Rubenesque and lean women," says the divorced dad of two. But ladies, you'll have to wait: Still raw from a recent breakup, he says he's "single but not available."

5 HE LOVES COMEDY
In the early '90s, he got his funny on performing with Yale School of Drama classmate Paul Giamatti (John Adams). Judd Apatow and Ben Stiller, take note: Reddick says, "I'm dying to do one!"

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