Actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for his work on "The Wire" and "House of Cards," passed away at the age of 59 after battling lung cancer.
Executive producer of "The Wire," David Simon, wrote on Twitter about Cathey, "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. On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking."
"House of Cards" executive producer Beau Willimon also added, "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. 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."
Cathey won an Emmy Award in 2015 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Freddy Hayes in "House of Cards." Speaking on the role, Cathey told Today, "I knew it would be something special. I didn’t know whether people would like it or whether they would watch but I knew it was special. I thought it was simply lovely. And we had a ball doing it."
Cathey, who was born in Alabama and raised in Germany, was educated at the Yale School of Drama. He appeared in many films, including The Mask, Se7en, St. Vincent, Fantastic Four and his last credited role, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.