Reg E. Cathey, star of HBO’s The Wire and Netflix’s House of Cards, has died aged 59 after a reported battle with cancer.
Born in Alabama, the actor grew up in West Germany before returning to the USA and studying theatre at the University of Michigan and Yale.
He described his first big break as a children’s show called Square One TV, which aired from 1987-1992. He went on to appear in films such as The Mask, Se7en, and American Psycho in the ’90s, and recently had roles in films such as Fantastic Four and Flock of Four in his later career.
On television he enjoyed a recurring role as Norman Wilson in the critically acclaimed The Wire, recurring roles in Law & Order and Outcast, and his three-time Emmy-nominated turn as Freddy in Netflix’s House of Cards, for which he won the award in 2015.
In a statement, Netflix wrote: “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 reported first by The Wire creator David Simon:
Tributes from co-stars and peers such as Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson and House of Cards creator Beau Willimon have poured in since the announcement of his death: