Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his work on “The Wire” and “House of Cards,” has died. He was 59. We’ve seen this character actor in a NUMBER of roles big ans small, but most may not know him by NAME.
“The Wire” creator David Simon first reported Cathey’s death on Friday.
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
Cathey received Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series nominations in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for his “House of Cards” role as Freddy Hayes — proprietor of a rib joint that provided the scheming Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) a sanctuary and secret hideout. He won in 2015. On “The Wire,” which he joined in its fourth season, Cathey played Norman Wilson, a journalist-turned-political operative who coaches the ambitious Tommy Carcetti (Aiden Gillen) as he quickly rises up in Maryland politics. Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and said for an HBO profile that he decided he wanted to become an actor when he saw a production of “Guys and Dolls” while growing up in Germany. He eventually landed roles on projects like “The Corner,” Simon’s predecessor to “The Wire.” His other roles included “Oz,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Se7en,” “Outcast,” Law & Order SVU and the documentary “The People Speak.” He also played Don King in the boxing drama, “Hands of Stone.” [source: The Wrap] Friends and fans alike have expressed their sympathy:
Man. RIP, my brah. Damn. https://t.co/vZufO90h01
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) February 10, 2018
We lost a sweet, sweet man and a sweet, sweet, SWEET artist today.
Rest In Power, Reg E. Cathey We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/ZDLepPWyGV
— bobby cannavale (@bobbycannavale) February 10, 2018
Our THOUGHTS and condolences go out to the FAMILY and legions of FANS…