We all have seen Reg E Cathey in the US version of House of Cards and in The Wire. He was 59 and has died aged.
David Simon, who is the producer of The Wire, declared Reg E Cathey’s death on Friday eve. “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,” David Simon tweeted on that grieving night.
“On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Reg, your memory is a great blessing.”
We have heard that Cathey has had lung cancer, but the circumstances of death have not yet been declared.
Cathey won an Emmy award in 2015 for his role in the ‘House of Cards’ as Freddy Hayes, the proprietor of a restaurant endorsed by Kevin Spacey’s character, Frank Underwood.
“He got inaugurated, and I started working like a friend – hired by the same people who would previously ask: ‘Have you always spoken like that?’ It’s like, you know what, motherfuckers, yes, I have,” he stated.
He was born in Alabama and has spent a bit of time in Germany as a child. He attended his higher studies in the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.
He collaborated with Simon on the Emmy award-winning miniseries The Corner and had roles in TV series along with Law & Order, 30 Rock and in movies including Fantastic Four and Hands of Stone.
Among the audience who paid tribute was Beau Williamson, the producer of Netflix drama House of Cards. “Reg Cathey was one of a kind,” Williamson wrote. “Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Loved by everyone lucky enough know him and work with him. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace, Reg.”
We have also seen tributes from the actors Samuel L Jackson, Wendell Pierce and Chris Rock.
In The Wire, Cathey has played the role of Norman Wilson, a newspaperman who became a political operative.
Cathey told the Guardian in the year 2016 that his profession took off after Barack Obama was chosen the president because people could begin to accept the idea of a well-spoken black man.