February 19, 2019

'The Wire' actor Reg E Cathey dies of lung cancer

10 February 2018, 05:27 | Regina Holmes

House of Cards, Oz actor Reg E. Cathey dead at 59

'House of Cards' Star Reg E. Cathey Dead at 59

Cathey's role as Freddy Hayes, owner of Francis Underwood's favourite BBQ joint on House of Cards, earned him the Emmy for Outstanding Guest in 2015.

The death of the actor, known for his deep gravely voice, was reported by the show's creater David Simon. While no cause of death has been confirmed, early reports claim that the actor had been battling lung cancer.

This story will be updated.

The beloved actor passed away at his home in NY, surrounded by friends and family.

He was raised in West Germany.

Cathey was born in Huntsville, AL, where he got his start in acting in plays at J.O. Johnson High School, according to his imDb page.

Beau Willimon, creator of House of Cards, wrote: "Reg Cathey was one of a kind". His final film role was in writer-director Sebastián Silva's forthcoming movie Tyrel, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival on January 20. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Brilliant actor, humorist & friend!

Ultimately, Cathey was a scene-stealer, bringing heavy gravitas and authority to the role of Dr. Storm and serving as one of the few solid points of Trank's vision of Fantastic Four.

After Homicide: Life on the Street, he was cast in David Simon's The Corner, along with movies such as American Psycho, Pootie Tang and Head of State. He was back on HBO past year in the Oprah Winfrey movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack. He will be greatly missed.

Reg was best known for his role on the HBO series as well as his appearances on House of Cards.

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