‘The Wire’ actor Reg E. Cathey dies at 59

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPT. 12, 2015: Actor Reg E. Cathey in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2015 at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live. (Photo credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)

Esteemed actor Reg E. Cathey died at his home in New York on Friday. The veteran star was 59.

In 2015, Cathey won an Emmy Award and was a three-time nominee for Outstanding Guest Actor on the hit political drama “House of Cards,” where he played Freddy Hayes—the owner of a BBQ restaurant.

Cathey was the only person to have had a recurring role in every David Simon-produced and written television series filmed in Baltimore. The shows “Life on the Street,” “Homicide: The Movie,” “The Corner,” and “The Wire.” He enjoyed playing the baritone saxophone.

Actor Samuel L. Jackson expressed his condolences on Instagram and Twitter.

“A Beautiful Talent left us for a more peaceful plane. Reg E. Cathey, true thespian, sage, musician & friend! That band up there is gonna be LIT & the convos just got waaaay heavier!!!,” he writes on IG.


Actor, director, producer, ex-POTUS on ABC’s “Scandal” (aka Fitzgerald Grant), writes on Twitter, “RIP #RegECathey. You were one of the greats both as an artist and as a human being. We lost you too soon. #TheDivide”

Cathey, a Yale School of Drama theater-trained actor, battled lung cancer.

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