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.
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.
A Beautiful Talent left us for a more peaceful plane. Reg E. Cathey, true thespian, sage,… https://t.co/SGm9J2l9NK
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) February 10, 2018
There are words. Reg E Cathey was one of the kindest, funniest, talented badasses I have ever had the honor of knowing. We lost a really good man today. You will be missed brother.
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) February 10, 2018
Go gentle into that good night my brother. It was an honor spending time with you on set. Getting to know you as a person and an artist. You will be missed. Condolences to your family. I salute you. #Reg E. Cathey😢 https://t.co/4tNWpRoZrm
— Mike Colter (@realmikecolter) February 10, 2018
Reg E. Cathey has passed . RIP Dirty Dee. Great actor great Man. pic.twitter.com/EgvBPstSaI
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 10, 2018
— loripetty (@loripetty) February 10, 2018