Reg E. Cathey (‘House of Cards’) surprises with Emmy win as Best Drama Guest Actor

Reg E. Cathey House of Cards Emmy Best Drama Guest Actor

Reg E. Cathey overcame long odds against him to win the Emmy Award for Best Drama Guest Actor on Saturday’s ceremony. This was his second straight nomination for playing former restaurant owner Freddy on “House of Cards.”

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According to exclusive Gold Derby odds, Cathey was far behind in fourth place with 25/1 odds. Beau Bridges (“Masters of Sex“) was the frontrunner with 4/7 odds to take home his fourth trophy. Five-time champ Michael J. Fox (“The Good Wife“) was close behind in second place with 4/1 odds. Six-time past winner Alan Alda (“The Blacklist“) was in third at 14/1. Rookie contenders F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland“) at 33/1 and Pablo Schreiber (“Orange is the New Black“) at 50/1 were at the bottom.

In his submitted episode “Chapter 34,” Freddy has signed up for President Frank Underwood’s (Kevin Spacey) jobs program, America Works, and is now working as a dishwasher. Freddy’s boss alerts him and two of his co-workers that because the federal funds to keep them employed are being terminated, he won’t be able to keep all of them on the payroll. After Frank learns about Freddy’s situation, he summons Freddy to the White House. Freddy doesn’t want a food-related job but wants to be in landscaping.

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Photo: Reg E. Cathey in “House of Cards.” Credit: Netflix

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