The Emmy-winning House of Cards actor who also was admired for his work on The Wire and Oz, has died

February 09, 2018 08:45 PM

Reg E. Cathey, the Emmy-winning House of Cards actor who also was admired for his work on The Wire and Oz, has died. He was 59.

The Alabama-born, West Germany-raised, Yale School of Drama-educated actor with a potent and sonorous voice became a mainstay of the HBO drama world, playing drug-addicted Scalio on David Simon’s 2000 miniseries The Corner and controversial prison manager Martin Querns on Oz beforereuniting withSimon to play newspaper editor-turned-political operative Norman Wilsonon The Wire. He was back on HBO last year in the Oprah Winfrey movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack.

But he also earned plenty of accolades on House of Cards as rib maestro Freddy Hayes, whose BBQ restaurant served as refuge for Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood. Cathey scored three guest Emmy nominations for the role, coming home with the trophy in 2015.

Simon reported his death on Twitter, paying tribute to the actor: “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.”

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon tweeted: “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.”

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Cathey also starred in the first two seasons of Robert Kirkman’s Cinemax horror series Outcast, and recently popped up on such shows as Inside Amy Schumer, The Blacklist, and Horace and Pete. His TV résumé includes such TV credits as The Good Wife, Grimm, Banshee, and Law & Order: SVU.

He began rising to fame on the PBS kids’ show Square One Television ins the late ’80s. On the big screen, he has appeared in movies such as What About Bob?, Seven, The Mask, S.W.A.T, The Machinist, and 2015’s Fantastic Four.

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