Reg E. Cathey, Actor On 'The Wire' And 'House Of Cards,' Dead At 59
Actor Reg E. Cathey, known of his roles on The Wire and House of Cards, has died at the age of 59 in New York City. No details on Cathey’s cause of death were provided by his family, but TMZ reported that he’d been battling lung cancer.
David Simon, creator of The Wire, announced Cathey’s passing on Twitter Friday evening, referring to the Emmy Award-winning actor as “one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set.”
Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. Not only a fine, masterful actor — but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing. pic.twitter.com/OHEUbAhTg0
— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 9, 2018
Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards, also spoke on Cathey’s passing, saying that he was “one of a kind” and “will be greatly missed.”
Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed.
Rest In Peace, Reg. pic.twitter.com/p9DXFgDevP
— Beau Willimon (@BeauWillimon) February 9, 2018
Cathey portrayed Baltimore political operative Norman Wilson in The Wire, as well as warden Martin Querns in Oz. But he’s arguably best known for his portrayal of Freddy Hayes, the owner of a barbecue restaurant in House of Cards. He earned three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role, and ultimately won the award in 2015.
He also had roles in several network TV series such as Law & Order, 30 Rock, Grimm, and in movies like Fantastic Four and Hands of Stone.