House of Cards Guest Actor, Reg E Cathey, Loses Battle with Lung Cancer at 59

by Shanzah Sahir

Legendary Fantastic Four and House of Cards actor, Reg E Cathey, has passed away aged 59, after bravely battling cancer.

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Actor Reg E. Cathey attends the 2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Day. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

Reg fell victim to lung cancer and had been struggling against the disease for a while now. He breathed his last on Friday, at his home in New York.

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Actor Reg E. Cathey arrives for the Premiere Of Cinemax’s “Outcast”. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)

Reg has been in the credit lists for many television shows. He worked in extremely popular TV series, including Oz, Outcast and Grimm. However, the actor’s most notable performances came in The Wire and House of Cards.

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Reg E. Cathey, winner of the award for guest actor in a drama for “House of Cards,”  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Cathey worked in the political thriller, ‘House of Cards’, as Freddy Hayes. He was a guest actor and played the role of a barbecue pit owner. The role landed him two nominations, and he won an Emmy accolade in 2015 for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor’ in year 2015.

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Kevin Anderson (left) as Andy and Reg E Cathey as Red pictured in the new theatre production of The Shawshank Redemption. (Photo by Katie Collins/PA Images via Getty Images)

The actor also starred in numerous films. His most recognizable roles include that of Dr. Franklin Storm in Fantastic Four‘s latest edition in 2015.

He was also extremely popular due to his early theater performances and his dialog delivery with that baritone voice. Reg was accredited for his performances in the latter part of his career, although he had been in the industry for quite some time now.

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Actor Reg E. Cathey arrives at the Television Academy Celebrates The 67th Emmy Award Nominees for Outstanding Performances. (Photo by Lily Lawrence/Getty Images)

In an interview with Detroit Free Press, he once said:

“When I was on ‘Oz’ years ago, I did an interview, and the guy said, ‘You’re one of the few actors who can make their living as an actor without being famous,'”

“We both laughed. And it’s true. There’s a small club of us, actors and actresses, because it’s really difficult just to make a living as an actor without being famous. It used to be easier when I first started, but now it’s really, really difficult.”

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Actor Reg E. Cathey onstage during the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by FOX/FOX Collection/Getty Images)

Hollywood is deeply saddened by the star’s demise and many paid tribute to the late actor on social media.

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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)

David Simon was the first one to break the news of his death on the internet in a tweet.

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David Simon broke the news with a heartfelt note. (Source: Twitter)

“Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. 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. Reg, your memory is a great blessing,” he wrote.

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Mark Ruffalo, Reg E. Cathey, John Curran, Jim McKay, Jamie Babbit, Jay Chandrasekhar, Andrea Sperling and Steve Lemme. (Photo by Rusty White/WireImage)

American Actor Chris Bauer was also among the actors who were nothing but praise for Cathey.

Bauer shares his sentiments on the passing on Cathey. (Source: Twitter)

“Reg E. Cathey went out of his way to help me nearly 30 years ago, and I am one of hundreds. His legacy is a portrait of the courageous, open hearted generosity that all good work comes from.”

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Cathey died in his own apartment in New York. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

The Grown Up star Chris Rock also tweeted about the star’s death.

“Reg E. Cathey has passed . RIP Dirty Dee. Great actor great Man,” he wrote.

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Actor Reg E. Cathey arrives to HBO’s New York premiere of “The Wire” at Chelsea West Cinema in New York City in 2008. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/FilmMagic)

Legendary actor, Samuel L. Jackson, was extremely shocked to hear about the Reg’s death and went on to appreciate his career.

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Jackson expressed his disbelief and condolences. (Source: Twitter)

“Shattered at the loss of Reg E. Cathey! Brilliant actor, humorist & friend! Irreplaceable! The ancestors about to be challenged!!”

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The real reason behind Cathey’s death was not revealed. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

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Actor Reg E. Cathey attends “The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks” New York Premiere at SVA Theater in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/FilmMagic)

‘The Wire’ actor’s actual cause of death has not been revealed yet. However, the main reason has been his battle with cancer.

Rest in Peace, Reg. E Cathey. You will be remembered.

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