This is not the final incarnation of the movie, of course, as it became a colorful comedy that played to the strengths of its star. Having appeared in such hits as Pretty Woman and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Mask was in a series of hits she was in during the '90s. Catch him most recently in the critically acclaimed Grace and Frankie. He also calls himself " The Doctor ". mild-mannered banker Stanley Ipkiss. Most of the viewing public doesn’t know that, adapted from a very dark, morbid graphic novel series. Brilliant actor, humorist and friend! "We lost a masterful actor, a sonorous voice, a great colleague, and a kind friend," Pierce tweeted. However, since casting Jim Carrey in the lead, he really wanted to capitalize on the star’s special brand of comedy. After working in theatre he began taking roles in Hollywood productions in the 1990s, with appearances in TV shows and movies like “The Mask.” “Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman,” Netflix said in a statement about Cathey’s death.//AFP He was 59 and had reportedly been battling cancer. He will be missed. Rest In Peace, Reg.". (2003), and "Fantastic Four" (2015). In the 2000s he landed a recurring role on Oz and The Wire. The rubber-faced Canadian actor was practically made to play. Actor Reg E. Cathey, who played Freddy on “House of Cards” and appeared in “The Wire,” has died. Reg E. Cathey, the Emmy-winning actor who played pivotal roles in acclaimed series like House of Cards, The Wire and Oz, has died at the age of 59. He then played the villain, Dirty Dee in the cult comedy movie, 'Pootie Tang'. He goes along with Burt’s intentions to take Stanley for a sucker, and when The Mask returns to the autobody shop to seek retribution for what they did, he is given a painful reminder that while there may be a sucker born every minute, Stanley Ipkiss wasn’t one of them. “The most beautiful flower of the Coco Bongo Club” was almost played by Anna Nicole Smith, but they decided to take a chance on a young model with no film credits. Reginald Cathey emerged in ‘Se7en’ in 1995 at the coroner’s part. RELATED: Where Are They Now: Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four. That band up there is gonna be LIT & the convos just got waaaay heavier!!! Reg E Cathey, star of The Wire and House of Cards, has died aged 59, director David Simon has revelead. The ancestors about to be challenged!! ", Wire costar Wendell Pierce remembered the late actor on Twitter. He was found shot in his West Hollywood apartment in 2007 by his then girlfriend, and many famous comedians, including Tim Allen and Jay Leno, attended his private wake. On television, he’s had recurring roles in dramatic serials such as Law and Order: SVU and Damages, as well as comedies like Dads and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Many of his scenes were ad-libbed, and he based the bright yellow suit he wore on the suit his mother gave him to wear for his first stand-up performance. Loved by everyone lucky enough know … It entailed the wearer of the mask becoming a psychotic killer, who murdered victims in comical fashions for petty reasons. As Lt. Mitch Kellaway, Peter Riegert brought a wry wit and a deadpan delivery to an ordinarily bland cop role. As the curmudgeonly neighbor of Stanley Ipkiss, Nancy Fish played Mrs. Peenman with relish and gave Jim Carrey a chance to have some of his most hilarious encounters without the mask on. He played Dorian, the right hand thug of Niko that eventually went on to overtake his criminal empire, who wanted to get his hands on the mask for himself. A lot of money was saved on special effects because Jim Carrey’s body movements were so cartoonish that they rarely needed to be enhanced digitally. Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz star in this '90s US comedy. He also appeared in such films as "The Mask" (1994), "Tank Girl" (1995), "S.W.A.T." Appearing in such character heavy films as Laws of Gravity and Clean, Shaven in the early '90s, he appeared in The Mask the same year he appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction as a torturer named Zed. Reg E. Cathey, star of HBO’s The Wire and Netflix’s House of Cards, has died aged 59 after a reported battle with cancer. A beautiful human being who will be missed.". It ends up breaking down on the bridge that Stanley eventually leaps from to retrieve the mask he sees floating in the waters below. The other half of the mechanic duo that screws over Stanley Ipkiss is Irv who, while not the brightest bulb in the tail light, recognizes an opportunity to make a quick buck when he sees it. Most of the viewing public doesn’t know that The Mask was adapted from a very dark, morbid graphic novel series. . Brimming with life force, generosity, humor, gravitas and a fountain of talent. 13 years later, we catch up with 15 of the key people who made the movie an instant classic! Actor Samuel L. Jackson also paid tribute to Cathey, too: "Shattered at the loss of Reg E Cathey. At the time of his death, Cathey was reportedly battling lung cancer, though his official cause of death wasn't immediately known. "Reg Cathey was one of a kind. "A more gregarious human being you could not find. Charlie invites him to the Coco Bongo Club and, while he’s able to get in, Stanley is consistently thrown out. By playing mild-mannered Stanley Ipkiss who turned into a zany loon, Jim Carrey got to stretch his acting range and show that he could play a semi-dramatic leading man as well as a wacko. He played Dirty Dee from the cult comedy film, the protagonist, ‘Pootie Tang’. A comedy writer in the '80s, The Mask was only his second major film role. A man whose presence was always a blessing and joy. Thanks to the mask, Stanley terrifies the landlady and a street gang, he robs the bank before Dorian's men and dances with Tina at the Coco Bongo, making fun of the mobsters. His latest appearances have been in the current series Outcast and the upcoming film Flock of Four. He could be hilarious in an understated way, and even convey a series of dramatic emotions. It’s his idea to screw Stanley out of a lot of money and give him a complete scrapheap of a car to drive. Known for his unmistakable, deep voice, Reg's early credits included Jim Carrey classic The Mask and Se7en. In 1988, Cathey was tapped as the voice for Blue Bird, a superhero creation of Big Bird that appeared in two season 20 episodes of Sesame Street. Recently he’s been seen on television in guest spots on Hawaii Five-O, Chicago P.D. He's s-s-s-smokin'! He was portrayed by the late Reg E. Cathey. 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He’s had a steady stream of guest spots on well-known television shows over the years like Ray Donovan and The Mindy Project, his most recent project being the movie Frank and Ava. Let us know in the comments! His two most recent movies were Evan Almighty and Hotel for Dogs. Our sympathy goes to his family.’ All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. It was also the first film of Cameron Diaz’s career! As the intimidating Niko who liked to use minions as means to try out his new 9 irons, Orestes Matacena added just the right amount of brooding intensity to the ordinarily thankless role of mob boss. Reg E. Cathey, Actor: Fantastic Four. Reg E. Cathey can be seen using the following … Johnson High School. to Dragnet and Quantum Leap. He would go on to be in the TV series Platypus Man and most recently have a cameo in Everybody Hates Chris. In 1994, The Mask exploded onto the big screen. She was also married to John Ritter. On Friday, House of Cards star Reg E. Cathey died in his New York home, surrounded by family and friends, TMZ reported. His role was that of Freeze in 'The Mask', who was the antagonist's friend and bodyguard who gets killed by the title character. After being thrown out of the Coco Bongo nightclub one sad evening, timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) happens across a powerful Norse mask in the river which transforms him into a wise-cracking, zoot-suited, green-faced superhero. It entailed the wearer of the mask becoming a psychotic killer, who murdered victims in comical fashions for petty reasons. See why nearly a quarter of a million subscribers begin their day with the Starting 5. Not only a fine, masterful actor -- but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long … Burt was one half of the duo of mechanics that give Stanley Ipkiss his “loaner” vehicle when he needs to meet Charlie at the Coco Bongo Club. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon sent his condolences via Twitter. "House of Cards" actor Reg E. Cathey, pictured at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, died. It ends up breaking down on the bridge that Stanley eventually leaps from to retrieve the mask he sees floating in the waters below. Not the sharpest tool in the shed, he has an almost childlike sense of wonder involving The Mask’s antics, and while the “good cop, bad cop” routine has been played out many times before, Jim Doughan does it with gusto. At first he wanted it to have a dark tone, since it was originally based on a Dark Horse comic book series that featured horror stories of The Mask murdering people with various cartoon antics. Sad news broke during the evening of Feb. 9: The Wire and House of Cards actor Reg E. Cathey has died at age 59, as announced on Twitter by David Simon, creator and … Not only a fine, masterful actor—but simply one of the most delightful human beings with whom I ever shared some long days on set," Simon wrote. Many of the great early moments in The Mask came from Stanley Ipkiss’s bank buddy Charlie Schumaker playing the smooth-talking Casanova to his befuddled everyman. Nancy Fish started her acting career with a spot on General Hospital, then in bit roles in films like Howard the Duck and Sudden Impact, before finally securing recurring roles on Roseanne and Brooklyn Bridge. After working in theater he began taking roles in Hollywood productions in the 1990s, with appearances in TV shows and movies like “The Mask.” “Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentleman,” Netflix said in a statement about Cathey’s death. In 1994, Cathey appeared in 'The Mask'. In 2015, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest for his portrayal of the character. As the appropriately named Freeze, Reg E. Cathey played one of Dorian’s goons that was calm and collected. Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany. He is also a friend of Dorian Tyrell. Like a henpecking partner or an overbearing boss, whenever he was having a bad day she made it 10 times worse with her shrill voice and relentless assault on his character. He proves that a good character actor is always appreciated and can get consistent work in any era. When she signed on to play the sizzling Tina Carlyle, it was her first role in a major motion picture. Netflix released the following statement: ‘We are heartbroken by the passing of our friend andHouse of Cards colleague Reg E. Cathey. After The Mask he directed Bless the Child, The Scorpion King, an episode of Fringe, and then nothing for several years before I Am Wrath. With such memorable lines as “Those pajamas are impossible, this actually happened” he instantly became the perfect straight man foil to The Mask’s outrageous antics. He was 59 years old. He also starred in films such as ‘The Mask’, ‘American Psycho’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and more. Recently he’s written animated films such as Curious George and Firehouse Dog, as well as Unnatural History, a live-action adventure series for Cartoon Network. He currently has two films in production for release in 2017; Beautiful Voice and The Hunchback, with The Seven Sins slated for 2019. Cameron Diaz wasn’t the household name she is now, and it would be several years before There’s Something About Mary. With its daring visuals, strange humor, and eye-popping special effects, it was a hit in the '90s and remains a cult classic. It’s his idea to screw Stanley out of a lot of money. Reg Cathey was one of a kind. Reg E. Cathey (1958-2018) holds a Heckler & Koch USP Compactas Davidson in Person of Interest - Season 1. His function was that of Freeze in ‘The Mask’, that had been the friend and bodyguard who has murdered from the title character of the antagonist. She had guest spots in about every major television show before that, from Magnum, P.I. Both a producer of The Mask and responsible for its screenplay, Mike Werb has made a consistent career of screenwriting in Hollywood working for every major studio. This is the work of Ha Nguyen, a Vietnamese costume designer and executive known for her work on the Nutty Professor series, Super 8, and Shooter. Having been in such notable comedies as, Burt was one half of the duo of mechanics that give Stanley Ipkiss his “loaner” vehicle when he needs to meet Charlie at the Coco Bongo Club. Reg E. Cathey, true thespian, sage, musician & friend! Democrats and Liberals Must Get Back To Economic Basics, Democrats Must Emphasize Boldness, Not Moderation. After that it was back to spots on Tales from the Crypt and an appearance in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. "Reg Cathey, 1958-2018. During a long and distinguished acting career, Reg played a number of memorable characters in both TV and film. The actor was also known for his role on The Wire, where he played Norman Wilson, the mayor's aide. At the time she was invited to join in 1996, she was the only Vietnamese-born female member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. You have 4 free articles remaining this month, Sign-up to our daily newsletter for more articles like this + access to 5 extra articles. "On wit alone, he could double any man over and leave him thinking. Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany. HOUSE of Cards actor Reg E Cathey has died at the age of 59 after a battle with lung cancer, according to reports. His face is a familiar one of '90s movies and TV, with roles in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Airheads, and Tank Girl. Having been in such notable comedies as M*A*S*H and Animal House, he was already a veteran comedy actor for over a decade before signing on to the film. Shortly after The Mask he wrote and directed Bitter Sugar about growing up during Fidel Castro’s dictatorship. To continue reading login or create an account. Richard Jeni made an ordinarily hammy, unlikable cad into someone you might actually want to hang around. Would you want to see an official sequel to The Mask someday? His most recent project is Salvation, a TV series about an impending asteroid on a collision course for Earth. A Beautiful Talent left us for a more peaceful plane. Reg E. Cathey was an American actor who was best recognized for playing authority figures and menacing villains. During his acting career, he earned numerous award nominations and received the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Award in 2015 for his work in "The House of Cards". From the bright canary yellow zoot suit that Jim Carrey wears, to the flame red dress that Cameron Diaz shimmies around in, the costumes are as much a part of the character as the actor’s performances. CBR looks into where the cast of The Mask is now and how their lives have changed over the years. A one-stop shop for all things video games. "House of Cards" actor Reg E. Cathey, pictured at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, died. Doyle was Lt. Kellaway’s buffoonish partner assigned to The Mask case, and often provided a lot of comic relief (often at his own expense) throughout the movie. "He will be greatly missed. In her early days, she worked on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III, Robocop 3, and Mortal Kombat. His career as an actor began in the '70s, but he has written, directed, and produced many films as well, including In Plain View, Fatal Encounter, and Tainted. A post shared by Samuel L Jackson (@samuelljackson) on Feb 9, 2018 at 9:53pm PST. Willing to do anything for a story, she used her friendship with Stanley Ipkiss to arrange a meeting with The Mask and, after he transformed into him (unbeknownst to her), she turned him right over to Dorian because reporters make crap money. Reg was the kindest man, the most giving actor, a true gentlemen. 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