Reg Cathey, 'House of Cards' and 'The Wire' Star, Dead at 59

Reg Cathey, 'House of Cards' and 'The Wire' Star, Dead at 59

Cathey, victor of the award for guest actor in a drama for "House of Cards", poses in the press room during the 2015 Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles.

David Simon, the creator the "The Wire", first reported Cathey's death on Twitter. The site says Cathey passed away at his NYC home after battling lung cancer.

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The actor passed in his NY home, surrounded by family and friends.

Cathey kept busy through the 90s with roles in the movies What About Bob, The Mask, Clear and Present Danger, and Se7en.

"Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Reg, your memory is a great blessing", read a tribute Simon wrote on Twitter Friday evening.

Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and said for an HBO profile that he decided he wanted to become an actor when he saw a production of "Guys and Dolls" while growing up in Germany.

After Homicide: Life on the Street, he was cast in David Simon's The Corner, along with movies such as American Psycho, Pootie Tang and Head of State. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. Cathey won the award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series for "House of Cards" at the Emmys in 2015. He will be greatly missed. Reg E Cathey was one of the kindest, funniest, talented badasses I have ever had the honor of knowing.

Cathey's long list of acting credits on TV and film include "The Wire", "Tank Girl", "Grimm", "Oz", "Outcast" and "Fantastic Four".