Reg E. Cathey, who is best known for his roles on House of Cards and The Wire, passed away in New York after a long battle with lung cancer, TMZ reports. He was 59.
TV producer David Simon, who hired Cathey for his shows, The Wire and The Corner, posted a heartfelt farewell message to his longtime friend on Twitter after his death.
Cathey is the only actor who Simon hired to star in all of his shows.
“We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend and House of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey,” said Netflix in a statement. “Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen. Our sympathy goes to his family.”
The Alabama born-Germany raised actor’s career began in 1984. After attending the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama, he settled in New York after spending a decade in Los Angeles and starred in numerous theatre productions. In 2015, Cathey won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest for his role on House of Cards.
Rest in Peace.