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Reg E. Cathey
Born Reginald E. Cathey
August 18, 1958 (1958-08-18) (age 51)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1984–present

Reginald "Reg" E. Cathey (born August 18, 1958) is an American stage, film and television actor.

Cathey is a native of Huntsville, Alabama and a graduate of J.O. Johnson High School.[1] He spent his childhood in Germany.[2]

One of his earliest roles was starring in the children's television show Square One. He later had guest roles in episodes of shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Homicide: Life on the Street. He played the villain Dirty Dee in the cult comedy film Pootie Tang. He has a starring role on the HBO series The Wire as Norman Wilson from the fourth season. He worked with The Wire creator David Simon on the emmy award-winning mini-series The Corner. He also had a recurring role on the HBO prison drama Oz as Warden Martin Querns. He narrated Aftermath: Population Zero, a National Geographic Channel special which imagines what Earth might be like if humanity no longer existed.

From September 2009, Cathey has played the role of Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption at Wyndham's Theatre, London.[3]


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