Reg E. Cathey, actor on 'House of Cards' and 'The Wire,' dies at 59

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

In 2015, Cathey won his Emmy for his portrayal of Freddy Hayes, the owner of a BBQ joint, on Netflix's House of Cards in a stretch of three straight years with a nomination.

On David Simon's acclaimed drama The Wire, Cathey stood out as newspaperman turned Baltimore politician Norman Wilson, and on another acclaimed HBO series, Tom Fontana's Oz, he was unit manager and warden Martin Querns.

Most recently, Cathey was seen as Chief Byron Giles on the Cinemax series Outcast and was in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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Actor Reg E. Cathey poses at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Reg E. Cathey, Gayle King and Rocky Carroll attend 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks' New York Premiere - After Party at TAO Downtown on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actor Reg E. Cathey poses with his outstanding guest actor in a drama series award for "House of Cards" backstage at the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18: Actor Reg E. Cathey attends 'The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on April 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 01: (L-R) David Denman, Wrenn Schmidt, Julia Crockett, Patrick Fugit, Madeline McGraw, Reg E. Cathey, and Philip Glenister attend the Los Angeles Premiere for CINEMAX's 'OUTCAST' at Hollywood Forever on June 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic for HBO)
Actor Reg E. Cathey arrives at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27: Reg E. Cathey is the latest actor to perform in the new play 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' (each week has a unique new guest star & benefits PEN International which supports writers living under hostile governments around the globe) at The Westside Theatre on June 27, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 01: Actor Reg E. Cathey arrives for the Premiere Of Cinemax's 'Outcast' held at Hollywood Forever on June 1, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Actor Reg E. Cathey attends the Television Academy's celebration for the 67th Emmy Award nominees for outstanding performances at Pacific Design Center on September 19, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Reg E. Cathey attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Reg E. Cathey attends HBO's Official 2015 Emmy After Party at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 13: Reg E. Cathey performs at the La Mama Earth Gala Honoring Olympia Dukakis And Dan Kutz at the Ellen Stewart Theatre on November 13, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Reg E Cathey performs Paul Heaton's The 8th, a new soul opera at The Lowry on July 6, 2012 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Undercover Blue' Episode 1417 -- Pictured: (l-r) Reg E. Cathey?as Counselor Barry Querns, Dean Winters as Brian Cassidy -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Actors Reg E. Cathey and Mark Nelson attend the opening night of 'Timon of Athens' at the Chinatown Brasserie on March 1, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/FilmMagic)
Actors Kevin Anderson (Left) who plays Andy Dufresne and Reg Cathey who plays Red at a photocall to promote the World stage premiere of The Shawshank Redemption outside the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin. (Photo by Julien Behal - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Kevin Anderson (left) as Andy and Reg E Cathey as Red pictured in the new theatre production of The Shawshank Redemption that starts at the Wyndham's theatre on Sunday September 13. (Photo by Katie Collins/PA Images via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 7: Actor Reg E. Cathey attends the premiere of HBO's 'Sometimes In April' at Florence Gould Hall March 7, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Reg E. Cathey during 2004 Sundance Film Festival - The Art of Collaboration at Filmmaker's Lodge in Park City, Utah, United States. (Photo by Rusty White/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 24: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Actor Reg E. Cathey kisses actress Jill Marie Lawrence as they attend the opening night of the HBO Film 'Everyday People' on March 24, 2004 at Alice Tully Hall, in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Reg E. Cathey during Signing with Cast Members from HBO's 'Oz' for Tom Fontana's 'Behind These Walls' at Barnes & Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 24: (US TABS AND HOLLYWOOD REPORTER OUT) Author Walter Mosley, actor Ron Butler and actor Reg E. Cathey attend the opening night of the HBO Film 'Everyday People' on March 24, 2004 at Alice Tully Hall, in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
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Simon reported Cathey's death on Twitter.

No details of his death were immediately available.

Cathey also portrayed Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, and he appeared in other films like Born on the Fourth of July (1989), What About Bob? (1991), Clear and Present Danger (1994), Seven (1995), Tank Girl (1995), American Psycho (2000) and Pootie Tang (2001).

On TV, his credits include the Simon miniseries The Corner, in which he played a drug addict; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Fontana's Homicide: Life on the Street; and Grimm.

A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Cathey graduated from J.O. Johnson High School in the city, then studied theater at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.

 

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