"House of Cards" actor Reg E. Cathey Passes Away at 59

Reg E. Cathey's sharp personality and deep piercing voice made him perfect for villain and authority figure roles

Cathey, better known for his roles in the hit Netflix drama "House of Cards" and the HBO series "The Wire", has died. TMZ reports he was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

His death was announced Friday night by David Simon, the creator of "The Wire", who paid tribute to the late 59-year-old actor on Twitter. He had been battling lung cancer, but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

Aside from "House of Cards", Cathey is well known for his role as the political operative Norman Wilson from "The Wire".

"Not just a good master actor, but simply one of the most exquisite human beings with whom I have spent long days in the studio", Simon wrote. "Reg, your memory is a great blessing". In this photo, the 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 on September 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. He will be greatly missed.

"Everyone at Marvel Television is deeply saddened by the loss of Reg E. Cathey", reads the official statement from Marvel.

The versatile actor transformed to play boxing promoter Don King in the 2016 drama Hands of Stone. 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.

Cathey earned three Emmy nominations for the role he played from 2013 to 2016, winning in 2015.

The Huntsville, Alabama, native was born into a military family in August of 1958. Cathey's IMDb profile states he fell in love with theater when viewing the show "Guys and Dolls" on stage in the German country.

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