American actor Norman Reedus (born Jan 6, 1969)  is best known as the walker-killing archer with a heart of gold, Daryl Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead. An original character made just for the show, Daryl Dixon wasn’t meant to be a major character he is today. All thanks to Norman’s amazing portrayal.

In addition to his rugged sex appeal and love for motorcycles, there are many more layers to this 50-year-old that makes people fall in love with him. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about Norman Reedus.

Lady Gaga’s Judas

Norman Reedus wearing black spectacles and a scarf around his neck. He is sitting on the bike.

Reedus played the silent Judas, donning a decorative leather jacket and riding a motorcycle throughout the nearly six-minute video, Judas by Lady Gaga.

Starting with Keith Richards’ Wicked as It Seems in 1992, he has appeared in numerous music videos like Cranes’ Shining Road, Bjork’s Violently Happy, Radiohead’s Fake Plastic Trees, R.E.M.’s Strange Currencies, and Goo Goo Dolls’ Flat Top.

He has also modeled for various fashion brands like Prada, Durban, Alessandro Dell’Acqua, Levi’s, Lexus, and Morgenthal Fredrics.

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High School Dropout

B&W photo of Norman Reedus

He dropped out of high school and moved to Tokyo and then to London and Spain, where he earned his living selling paintings of stray cats. Later, he moved to LA, where he briefly worked at a motorcycle shop, Dr. Carl’s Hog Hospital. While at a party with his friend, a producer asked him to act in his play. Rest is history!

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Audition Story

Norman Reedus aiming his archery

Reedus wanted to get on the show once he read the script for The Walking Dead, which he found “so different” and which “stuck out like a sore thumb.” Reedus read the lines for Merle Dixon, Daryl’s brother despite knowing that AMC had already hired Michael Rooker to play the character. 

While he thought he might win back the role from Rooker, producers created an entirely new character, Daryl Dixon, for him. Now, Daryl is the longest-surviving original character

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Father of Two

Norman Reedus and his son observing a sport event

He was in a five-year relationship with supermodel Helena Christensen from 1998 to 2003. They share joint custody of their son, Mingus Lucien Reedus (born 1999). He met Diane Kruger while filming Sky in 2015 and quickly hit it off. They went public with their romance in July 2016 and welcomed a baby girl in November 2018.

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Norman Reedus riding a bike

You might be surprised to know that he is a huge fan of motorcycles yet afraid to ride horses. His equinophobia is what led him to choose to ride bikes in the show. He currently stars in Ride with Norman Reedus, where he and a guest of the week travel across a different destination on a motorcycle exploring the city’s biker culture.

The AMC reality series, which premiered in June 2016, has been recently renewed for a fourth season. Reedus has owned a plethora of motorcycles throughout his life. 

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Near Death Experience

Norman Reedus holding a can. He is wearing a hat and there are some girls behind him.

In Feb 2005, an 18-wheeler truck collided with his car and sent him flying through the window into the street while returning from a concert in Germany. He sustained a head injury, received some substantial facial damages and had to undergo major surgery.

He had his nose reconstructed with the help of four screws and his left eye socket with titanium.

An Artist

Norman Reedus interlocking his hand wearing a cap

Reedus is also a painter, sculptor, and photographer. He exhibits his artwork in galleries in New York City, Frankfurt, and Berlin. He released a book of photography, The Sun’s Coming Up… Like A Big Bald Head, on October 31, 2013. 

In 2014, he announced a fan-art compilation, Thanks For All The Niceness. This down to earth man reportedly has three rooms in his NYC apartment dedicated for fan arts.

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Net Worth

Norman Reedus on the car

Apart from TWD, he is also known for portraying Murphy MacManus in the film, The Boondock Saints (1999) and its sequel, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009). He is one of the highest paid actors on TV, receiving $650k per episode of The Walking Dead. As of 2019, he has collected a huge net worth of $18 million.

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