House of Cards actor Reg E Cathey dies

Reg E. Cathey

Beau Willimon, "House of Cards" creator, wrote: "Cathey was one of a kind".

Cathey was born in Hunstville, Ala., studied theater at the University of MI and Yale School of Drama, and never looked back. He earned more than 80 acting credits during his time as an actor.

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On the big screen, he has appeared in movies such as What About Bob? He was back on HBO past year in the Oprah Winfrey movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack. He also guest starred on numerous television shows including "Grimm", "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Outcast".

David Simon, the creator the "The Wire", first reported Cathey's death on Twitter. Cathey caught his fair share of the controversy surrounding Fantastic Four, as there were many fan complaints about his being cast as Dr. Franklin Storm (traditionally a white character); having his "children" Sue (Kate Mara) and Johnny (Michael B. Jordan) be an interracial mix didn't really help quell that fan confusion and backlash. But the majority of his career remained on television.

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Cathey played Freddy on "House of Cards". Cathey was known for his role as Normal Wilson in The Wire and as Freddy in House of Cards.

He continued to guest star on various shows, including The Good Wife, The Blacklist, and Inside Amy Schumer. In 2017, he had the role of Zakariyya in the HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about a Baltimore woman whose cancer cells, harvested without the family's knowledge, led to many medical breakthroughs.

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