He was a stage, film, and television actor. The Alabama native studied theater at the Yale School of Drama. His most notable credits include "House of Cards" and "The Wire." Cathey was nominated for three Emmys and won one. He died at age 59. He was reportedly battle cancer.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of award-winning actor Reg E. Cathey after news of his death broke Friday night.
Born in Huntsville, Alabama, the stage, film and TV actor studied theater at the University of Michigan and Yale School of Drama. He gained recognition for his roles in “The Wire,” “Oz” and “House of Cards,” which earned him an Emmy.
He died at age 59 and was reportedly battling cancer.
As details regarding his death hit the internet, many flocked to social media to express their condolences and share their favorite memories of the famed trailblazer.
Several said they were shocked to hear about his passing. Not everyone knew he had been battling the illness.
Shocked to read Reg E Cathey has died, had the privilege of seeing him on stage in 09, was such an amazing actor
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. Rest In Peace, Reg. pic.twitter.com/p9DXFgDevP
I worked with Reg once - one of my first plays, and he gave me a piece of advice that really stuck with me for some reason. No exaggeration, I think I've thought of him once on every job since. I guess it's impossible to predict one's impact. Thank you, Reg. https://t.co/Dw95BqOQIE