Reg E Cathey won an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in 2015 for his role in "House of Cards. " Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Reg E. Cathey, best known for playing Freddy on Netflix’s “House of Cards” and Chief Giles on Fox’s “Outcast” has died, aged 59.

With having played a diverse range of roles, Cathey proved time and again he was more than capable to presenting to film and television audiences fully realised characters.

It has been suggested his performance as coroner Dr. Santiago in the 1995 David Fincher directed mystery crime drama “Se7en” is what led the actor to being cast in television shows such as “ER,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Oz.”

Considering the actor never failed to deliver a quality performance, it is not surprising Cathey was seen in as many film and television productions as much as he was.

Reg E. Cathey (1958–2018). Photo by Jason Kempin – © 2015 Getty Images – Image courtesy

Born to a military family in Huntsville, Alabama on Monday, 18 Aug. 1958, Cathey was a graduate of University of Michigan and the Yale School of Drama.

With having appeared in staged productions of plays such as “To Kill a Mockingbird” when a student of J.O. Johnson High School, Cathey interest in acting came long before attending the Yale School of Drama.

“The play’s the thing wherein [Hamlet caught] the conscience of the king” and it was in theatre studies at both Michigan and Yale Cathey Cathey refined his acting abilities.

With a career in both film and television spanning 34 years and 83 credited productions, Cathey first appeared in the 1984 television film “A Doctor’s Story” as Richie.

Cathey died in New York City on Friday, 9 Feb. 2018, at the age of 59. He was reported to have had lung cancer.

In an outpouring of respect for Cathey, various members of the entertainment community and politicians have expressed their heart felt impressions of the actor.