As head of the multi-agency government task force known as Fringe Division, Phillip Broyles is always on the hot seat. He's the one who has to answer to higher-ups, while getting his team the resources and latitude to protect their world from bizarre threats, including the parallel universe known as the Other Side.
The unflappable Broyles took it in stride when a stranger popped out of Reiden Lake, claiming to be the son of Fringe scientist Dr. Walter Bishop. Like everyone else, Broyles had no memory of Peter Bishop, who altered the timeline by creating a bridge between universes. But Broyles realized this man knew things no one else did, so he gambled on trusting Peter to help defeat William Bell's plan to destroy both universes.
When Peter and Walter determined they could stop Bell by closing the bridge, Broyles went to Washington to get his bosses onboard. And when his counterpart on the Other Side, Colonel Broyles, needed to come clean about his own involvement in the plan, Broyles eased his surrender with matter-of-fact compassion.
Now promoted to general, Broyles presides over an expanded Fringe Division that has more resources than ever — just in time to face a new threat that promises to push his team to the limit.
Colonel Phillip Broyles
For the Phillip Broyles of the Other Side, one important detail changed after Peter Bishop created the bridge between universes and altered the timeline: He's still alive.
Just like his counterpart on This Side, Colonel Broyles was the head of Fringe Division, reporting directly to Walternate. He too was a tough but fair leader with a strong sense of duty. In the previous timeline, Broyles uncomfortably went along with Walternate's plan to brainwash Olivia into thinking she was Bolivia. After developing sympathy for Olivia, he sacrificed himself to help her escape.
But Broyles' post-bridge life was still tangled in a high-stakes moral dilemma. David Robert Jones used his son, Christopher, as leverage to force Broyles to do his bidding as he carried out William Bell's plan to collapse both universes. Jones provided the cure for Christopher's otherwise fatal condition, and in turn Broyles fed him information and obstructed the Fringe team's investigation. Broyles knew that someday there would be a reckoning, but he just couldn't face losing his son.
When Jones demanded that Broyles sabotage the Machine to facilitate the collapse, however, the colonel found his courage and turned himself in to his counterpart instead. Whatever the future holds for him, at least his conscience is clear.
Known for his signature gravitas and the intense complexity he brings to his work in television and film, Lance Reddick's career is reaching new heights. In addition to FRINGE, he appeared on "Lost" as the mysterious "Matthew Abbadon" and first came to prominence on "The Wire," in the memorable role of "Lt. Cedric Daniels."
This fall, Reddick will appear opposite Viola Davis in the feature film, "Still I Rise," about the transformation of an inner-city school in Pittsburgh. He also voices the animated characters of "Cutler" on "Tron: Uprising" and "Ra's Al Ghul" on "Beware the Batman."
Earlier this year, Reddick and his producing partner, Steven Adams, announced the creation of Christai Productions. The company's first completed feature film, "St. Sebastian's," in which Reddick also stars, was co-produced and directed by Danny DeVito. The film is scheduled for release in 2013. Additionally, Reddick stars in the upcoming internet series "Dr0ne," which Christai co-produced.
Reddick is also known for his outstanding work on "The Corner"; "Oz "; "CSI: Miami"; "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"; and the cable films "Keep the Faith, Baby," with Harry Lennix; and "The Fixer," with Jon Voight. Feature film credits include Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels' independent feature, "Tennessee"; "Jonah Hex," opposite Josh Brolin; "I Dreamed of Africa," with Daniel Craig and Kim Basinger; Ed Zwick's "The Siege"; as well as the indie productions "Bad City" and "The Way of War," with Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr.
Also an accomplished musician, Reddick wrote and composed music for his debut album, "Contemplations & Remembrances," a collection of contemporary jazz songs that was released independently online.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, by school teacher parents, Reddick attended the University of Rochester before transferring to the Eastman School of Music, where he majored in classical composition. In his twenties, he struggled to make it as a musician, and decided to try acting as a way to help jumpstart his music career. He was quickly cast in local stage productions, and a year later, he was accepted into the prestigious Yale School of Drama.
Two weeks after graduating from Yale, Reddick was cast as the understudy for Jeffrey Wright in the Broadway production of "Angels in America," directed by George C. Wolfe. His other theater credits include "Henry V," "Julius Caesar," "Afterplay," "On House" and the critically acclaimed 2006 Off-Broadway revival of August Wilson's "Seven Guitars," in which Reddick starred as "Floyd."
Reddick divides his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver.