An Emmy-winning actor who starred on acclaimed shows like “House of Cards,” “Oz,” and “The Wire” has died at the age of 59.
According to TMZ, lung cancer has claimed the life of Reg E, Cathey, who played Freddy on “House of Cards. That role won him an Emmy.
Here is one of his many scenes with series lead Kevin Spacey.
Reg E. Cathey, the eloquent Emmy-winning actor from House of Cards who also was known for his excellent work on The Wire, has died. He was 59. No details of his death were immediately available.
In 2015, Cathey won his Emmy for his portrayal of Freddy Hayes, the owner of a BBQ joint who ends up with a job in the White House, on Netflix’s House of Cards in a stretch of three straight years with a nomination. Simon reported Cathey’s death on Twitter.
On David Simon’s acclaimed drama The Wire, Cathey stood out as newspaperman turned Baltimore politician Norman Wilson, and on another acclaimed HBO series, Tom Fontana’s Oz, he was unit manager and warden Martin Querns.
Most recently, Cathey was seen as Chief Byron Giles on Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax series Outcast and was in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.
In a statement given to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, Netflix said: “We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague … Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman.”
Simon reported his death on Twitter.
Known for his commanding baritone voice, Cathey also portrayed Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, and he appeared in other films like Born on the Fourth of July (1989), What About Bob? (1991), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Seven (1995), Tank Girl (1995), American Psycho (2000) and Pootie Tang (2001).
On TV, his credits also included the Simon miniseries The Corner, in which he played a drug addict; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Fontana’s Homicide: Life on the Street; and Grimm.
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Cathey spent time as a child with his family in Germany, then graduated from J.O. Johnson High School in Huntsville and studied theater at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.
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