Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Kelly React to Reg E. Cathey's Death

Reg E. Cathey arrives at night one of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles2016 Creative Arts Emmy Awards- Arrivals- Night One Los Angeles USA

Cathey received Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series nominations in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for his "House of Cards" role as Freddy Hayes - proprietor of a rib joint that provided the scheming Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) a sanctuary and secret hideout.

"The Wire" creator David Simon tweeted about Cathey's death Friday afternoon, calling him a "fine, masterful actor". According to reports, he had been battling lung cancer.

This story will be updated.

Cathey was born in Huntsville, Ala., according to his official profile on IMDb.com The site said he died in NY, but did not list a cause.

Cathey was born August 18, 1958 in Huntsville, Alabama, and spent part of his childhood in West Germany.

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Cathey kept busy through the 90s with roles in the movies What About Bob, The Mask, Clear and Present Danger, and Se7en. Cathey would go on to be the only actor to have a role in each of his projects, including Homicide: The Movie, The Corner, and The Wire.

Following the news of actor Reg E. Cathey's death on Friday, Hollywood has been quick to respond on Twitter to share condolences and fond memories.

Beau Willimon, creator of the hit Netflix series House of Cards, also paid tribute to the star, who he described as "one of a kind". Reg E Cathey was one of the kindest, funniest, talented badasses I have ever had the honor of knowing. Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent.

The Emmy-winning actor appeared in "Fantastic Four", "Tank Girl" and "S.W.A.T.", as well as on the hit HBO show "Oz", among others. He will be greatly missed.

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