Reg E. Cathey
|Reg E. Cathey|
August 18, 1958 |
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
|Education||University of Michigan
Yale School of Drama
Reg E. Cathey (born August 18, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Norman Wilson in The Wire, Martin Querns in Oz, Dr. Franklin Storm in the 2015 reboot of The Fantastic Four, and Freddy Hayes in House of Cards, the latter earning him three consecutive Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, including a win in 2015.
Cathey was born in Huntsville, Alabama, and spent his childhood in West Germany. Cathey graduated J.O. Johnson High School, where he acted in plays such as To Kill a Mockingbird. He subsequently studied theatre at the University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.
One of Cathey's 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 also appeared in 1995's Se7en as the coroner. 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. He also worked with The Wire creator David Simon on the Emmy Award-winning miniseries 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.
On Between the Lions, he played King Ray in the story of "Rumpelstitlkstin" in the episode, "Hay Day".
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. He has made two guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, 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. His portrayal of Hayes in the second and third seasons of House of Cards earned him an Emmy nomination and a win for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
|1988||Crossing Delancey||Cab Driver|
|1988||Ich und Er||Waiter|
|1989||Penn & Teller Get Killed||Fan's friend|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Speaker|
|1990||Quick Change||Sound analyst|
|1991||What About Bob?||Howie|
|1994||Clean Slate||1st cop|
|1994||The Mask||Freeze||Credited as Reginald E. Cathy|
|1994||Clear and Present Danger||Sergeant-Major|
|1994||The Hard Truth||Shotgun cop|
|1995||Napoleon||Frog (voice)||English version|
|1997||Ill Gotten Gains||Nassor|
|2000||American Psycho||Homeless man|
|2001||Pootie Tang||Dirty Dee|
|2003||Head of State||Officer Waters|
|2003||A Good Night to Die||Avi|
|2003||S.W.A.T.||Lt. Greg Velasquez|
|2004||Men Without Jobs||Mr. Morgan|
|2004||The Cookout||Frank Washington|
|2006||508 Nelson||Frank Harmon|
|2008||20 Years After||Samuel|
|2011||My Last Day Without You||Pastor Johnson|
|2014||Two Men in Town||Supervisor Jones|
|2014||Alex of Venice||Walt|
|2015||Nasty Baby||The Bishop|
|2015||Sweet Kandy||Curtis Coleson|
|2015||Fantastic Four||Dr. Franklin Storm|
|2016||Hands of Stone||Don King||Uncredited|
|1984||A Doctor's Story||Richie||Television movie|
|1987||Spenser: For Hire||Shepard||Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"|
|1987–92||Square One TV||Various||24 episodes|
|1990||Great Performances||Guildenstern||Episode: "Hamlet"|
|1991||Eyes of a Witness||prosecuter||Television movie|
|1992||Fool's Fire||Minister Gunther||Television movie|
|1993||And the Band Played On||Staff doctor #2||Television movie|
|1993||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Morag||Episode: "Aquiel"|
|1994||Roc||Fred||Episode: "The Concert"|
|1995||Tyson||Attorney Winston||Television movie|
|1996||ER||IAD Investigator David Haskell||Episode: "Take These Broken Wings"|
|1997–98||Arli$$||Alvin Epps||3 episodes|
|1998||Homicide: Life on the Street||Bernard Weeks||Episode: "Full Court Press"|
|2000||The Corner||Scalio||6 episodes|
|2000–03||Oz||Martin Querns||8 episodes|
|2000||Homicide: The Movie||Bernard Weeks||Television movie|
|2001||Boycott||E.D. Nixon||Television movie|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Professor Roland Sanders||Episode: "Anti-Thesis"|
|2004||Law & Order||Gerald||Episode: "Darwinian"|
|2004||The Jury||Mr. Grove||Episode: "Mail Order Mystery"|
|2005||Third Watch||Jaime Castro||Episode: "Welcome Home"|
|2006–08||The Wire||Norman Wilson||23 episodes|
|2008||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Victor Tybor||Episode: "Wildlife"|
|2009||Une aventure New-Yorkaise||Marcus||Television movie|
|2010||30 Rock||Rutherford Rice||Episode: "Let's Stay Together"|
|2011||Lights Out||Barry K. Word||12 episodes|
|2012||Person of Interest||Davidson||Episode: "Blue Code"|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Barry Querns||4 episodes|
|2013||Grimm||The Baron/Baron Samedi||3 episodes|
|2013–16||House of Cards||Freddy||15 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2015)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2014, 2016)
|2014||Banshee Origins||Det. Julius Bonner||3 episodes|
|2014||Banshee||Det. Julius Bonner||2 episodes|
|2014||The Divide||Uncle Bobby||5 episodes|
|2015||The Good Wife||Judge Aaron Coleman||Episode: "The Deconstruction"|
|2015||Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter||Dad||2 episodes|
|2015||Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville||Narrator||Television movie|
|2016||The Blacklist||The Caretaker||Episode: "The Caretaker (No. 78)"|
|2016||Horace and Pete||Harold||2 episodes|
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||Congressman #2||Episode: "The World's Most Interesting Woman in the World"|
|2016||Inside Amy Schumer||Adviser||Episode: "Madame President"|
|2016–present||Outcast||Chief Giles||10 episodes|
|2017||The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Zakariyya Lacks||Television movie|
- U-M alum Reg E. Cathey on his 'House of Cards' Emmy Julie Hinds. Detroit Free Press. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 20, 2015
- "The Wire: Out of Character with Reg E. Cathey (HBO)". YouTube. April 11, 2008. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- Kezo, Jeannie (2007-09-20). "A New World on the Huntsville Horizon". Valley Planet. Archived from the original on 2009-06-09.
- "From Huntsville to Hollywood". The Huntsville Times. December 10, 1993.
- "The Wire: Homepage". HBO. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-12-12.
- "Entertainment: The People Speak". Los Angeles Times. December 12, 2009.
- Billington, Michael (2009-09-13). "Review: The Shawshank Redemption". The Guardian.
- Colurso, Mary. "Alabama ties: Tony Hale, Laverne Cox, Reg E. Cathey among nominees for 2014 Emmy Awards". Al.com. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "The Wire star hopes to appear in Fair City". RTÉ Arts. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 3 June 2009. Retrieved 3 June 2009.
- Siegel, Tatiana. "Fox's 'Fantastic Four' Reboot Adds 'The Wire's' Reg E. Cathey". The Hollywood Reporter. May 8, 2014.