Beloved actor Reg E. Cathey, who played Freddy Hayes on House of Cards and appeared as Norman Wilson in The Wire, is dead. Cathey died in New York after battling lung cancer. He was 59.
Cathey, born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama, had an acting career which spanned over 30 years. Besides being in The Wire and House of Cards, Cathey also starred in TV shows such as Law and Order: SVU, Banshee, 30 Rock, Oz, Inside Amy Schumer, and Horace and Pete. He also starred in Hollywood movies such as The Mask, Se7en, Airheads, Fourth of July, What About Bob?, Clear and Present Danger, Tank Girl, American Psycho, Pootie Tang,, and Fantastic Four. Cathey was nominated for an Emmy three times and won the award in 2015 for his role in House of Cards. Cathey attended the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.
“We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey,” said Netflix in a statement. “Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen. Our sympathy goes to his family.” An outpouring of sentimental last goodbyes by people who knew and worked with the renowned actor including The Wire creator David Simon, House of Cards producer Beau Willimon as well as actors Bobby Cannavale and Mike Colter.