House of Cards actor Reg Cathey dead at 59

No details of the actors death were given according to a statement from Netflix published in numerous reports.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, Reg E. Cathey arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater  in Los Angeles. The Emmy winning actor, best known for “House of Cards” and “The Wire,” has died. Cathey died at age 59, according to a statement from Netflix published in numerous reports. No other details were given. “The Wire” creator David Simon announced his death in a tweet Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.  Simon called him a “fine, masterful actor” and “delightful” person.  (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
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Emmy-winning actor Reg E. Cathey, best known for House of Cards and The Wire, has died.

Cathey died at age 59, according to a statement from Netflix published in numerous reports. No other details were given.

The Wire creator David Simon, announcing his death in a tweet on Friday, called him a "fine, masterful actor" and "delightful" person.

Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Rock also tweeted tributes.

The Huntsville, Alabama native was known for his deep voice and down to earth characters. Cathey's portrayal of barbecue joint owner Freddy Hayes in House of Cards brought him three Emmy nominations and one win, in 2015. His other credits include Inside Amy Schumer and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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