'Cards,' 'Wire' actor, Cathey, dies at 59

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"Our sympathy goes to his family".

Show creator David Simon lovingly described Cathey as "a fine, masterful actor" and "one of the most delightful human beings". "Only with his wit could he bend any man and leave him thinking, Reg, your memory is a great blessing".

Aside from "House of Cards", Cathey is well known for his role as the political operative Norman Wilson from "The Wire". He returned to HBO to star in the Oprah Winfrey movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lack previous year. Cathey's portrayal of barbecue joint owner Freddy Hayes in "House of Cards" brought him three Emmy nominations and one win, in 2015.

"Loved by everyone lucky enough to know him and work with him".

Hollywood reacted to the passing, including Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted he was "shattered at the loss of Reg E. Cathey!".

It's sad to think that Cathey will no longer be seen in "House of Cards", but the political drama is already gearing up for its sixth and final season due to the sexual harassment scandals that have followed Spacey since previous year.

A day after it was announced that legendary actor Reg E. Cathey had passed away following his battle with lung cancer, Marvel Television paid their respects while also announcing the late actor's work on Luke Cage Season 2. He will be greatly missed. "Irreplaceable! The ancestors about to be challenged!" 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.

Actor Bobby Cannavale tweeted that "we lost a sweet, sweet man and a sweet, sweet, SWEET artist today".

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