Cathey began his career in 1984 with an appearance in the TV movie A Doctor’s Story, and went on to appear in numerous TV shows such as Oz, The Wire, Grimm, The Divide, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Outcast.
The actor gained critical acclaim for his role as Freddy in Netflix’s House of Cards, receiving an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in 2015 alongside further nominations in 2014 and 2016.
On the big screen, Cathey’s credits included parts in The Mask, Se7en, Tank Girl, American Psycho, The Machinist, and Fantastic Four. He also earned praise for his role as Red in a 2009. London theatrical production of The Shawshank Redemption.
The news of his passing was first reported by The Wire creator David Simon: