Actor Reg E. Cathey, star of Netflix’s House of Cards and HBO’s The Wire, has died after a reported battle with cancer.
Cathey was born in Alabama, grew up in West Germany and then returned to the USA and studied theater at the University of Michigan and Yale.
Reginald Eugene Cathey began acting in 1984 in a television movie called A Doctor’s Story. His first breakthrough was a children’s show called Square One TV which aired from 1987 to 1992. He starred in many films such as The Mask, Se7en, American Psycho, Fantastic Four, and Flock of Four.
On television he was best known for his role as Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, and Norman Wilson in The Wire. In 2015 he won an Emmy award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role in House of Cards. It was his second of three nominations for the role and the only Emmy win a House of Card cast member has taken.
Netflix wrote in a statment: “We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey, Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen. Our sympathy goes to his family.”
His death was first reported by The Wire creator David Simon
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
Tributes from several actors and TV creators poured out on social media since the announcement of his death
RIP Reg E Cathey!!!
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) February 10, 2018
Man. RIP, my brah. Damn. https://t.co/vZufO90h01
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) February 10, 2018
There are words. Reg E Cathey was one of the kindest, funniest, talented badasses I have ever had the honor of knowing. We lost a really good man today. You will be missed brother.
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) February 10, 2018
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
Shattered at the loss of Reg E. Cathey! Brilliant actor, humorist & friend! Irreplaceable! The ancestors about to be challenged!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 10, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Reg’s family and friends.