Reg E. Cathey

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Reg E. Cathey
Born Reginald E. Cathey
(1958-08-18) August 18, 1958 (age 55)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey (born August 18, 1958) is an American stage, film and television actor.

Life and career[edit]

A native of Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of J.O. Johnson High School,[1] Cathey spent his childhood in West Germany.[2]

One of his earliest roles was starring in the children's television show Square One. This was followed by guest roles in such series as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Homicide: Life on the Street. In 1994 he appeared in The Mask as Freeze, the main antagonist's friend and bodyguard who gets killed by the title character. He played the villain Dirty Dee in the cult comedy film Pootie Tang and had a regular role on the HBO series The Wire as Norman Wilson during the fourth and fifth seasons.[3] He also worked with The Wire creator David Simon on the Emmy award-winning mini-series The Corner; Cathey played a drug addict known as Scalio. He had a recurring role on the HBO prison drama Oz as unit manager Martin Querns. In the film Tank Girl he played the role of Deetee. He narrated Aftermath: Population Zero, a National Geographic Channel special which imagines what Earth might be like if humanity no longer existed. He played the homeless man "Al" murdered by Patrick Bateman in the film American Psycho. He narrated TLC's Wonders of Weather, a TV series.

In 2009, Cathey performed in The People Speak, a documentary feature film that uses dramatic and musical performances of the letters, diaries, and speeches of everyday Americans, based on historian Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States.

Since September 2009, Cathey has played the role of Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding in a theatrical production of The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham's Theatre, London.[4] He has made two guest appearances on Law & Order: SVU, as an undercover police officer involved with animal smuggling (episode: "Wildlife") and later as a high-priced defense attorney to a hooker (episode: "Rhodium Nights"). This was followed by a guest appearance on Law & Order: Criminal Intent as a talented, charismatic and egotistical professor of American Studies suspected of involvement in a murder to advance his career. He also played boxing promoter Barry K. Word on the FX series Lights Out.

In 2013, Cathey began a recurring role as Freddy Hayes, the owner of Freddy's BBQ, in Netflix's original series House of Cards, as well as on Grimm, in the recurring role of Baron Samedi.

Cathey has expressed a wish to appear in the soap opera Fair City.[5]


  1. ^ Kezo, Jeannie (2007-09-20). "A New World on the Huntsville Horizon". Valley Planet. 
  2. ^ "The Wire: Out of Character with Reg E. Cathey (HBO)". YouTube. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  3. ^ "The Wire: Homepage". HBO. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-12-12. 
  4. ^ Billington, Michael (2009-09-13). "Review: The Shawshank Redemption". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "The Wire star hopes to appear in Fair City". RTÉ Arts (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009. 

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