Veteran actress Kathryn Kates has died. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Kates, whose roles include Seinfeld, The Many Saints of Newark, en Orange is the new black, died peacefully Saturday while surrounded by family and loved ones. Her death follows a battle with lung cancer. Kates was 73 years old.
“Kathryn was our client for many years, and about a year ago, after we found out that the lung cancer she was treated for had returned 20 years ago, we grew even closer,” said Kates’ representatives at Headline Talent Agency in said a statement. “She was incredibly brave, considerate, wise and loving. Kathryn approached every role she ever played, as well as her daily life with the greatest passion. We will do our best to honor her incredible legacy. The world has truly lost one of the good ones. “
They added, “Kathryn was a very thoughtful and friendly person who really loved the craft of acting. She was always incredibly brave and wise and approached every role with the utmost passion.”
Kates, a founding member of The Colony Theater, has been seen in movies and TV shows for the past four decades. One of her most popular roles was the portrayal of the counterwoman at Schnitzer’s Deli in several episodes of the 90s sitcom Seinfeld. She has also appeared in other major TV shows such as Matlock, Amy judges, The Good Fight, Shades of blue, en Law and Order: Special Victim Unit.
Kathryn Kates’ final role will be in an upcoming Apple TV series
In more recent years, Kathryn Kates has been recognized for her role in the hit Netflix series Orange is the new black as the mother of Jason Biggs’ character. She also appeared in the 2019 film The Jesus Rolls, a spin-off of The Great Lebowski with John Turturro in the lead role. One of her most notable roles came last year’s The Many Saints of Newark, a movie that serves as a prequel to HBO’s hit show The Sopranos. She played Angie DeCarlo. The final role for Kates will be in an upcoming series in development at Apple TV +. It plays Kates opposite Judd Hirsch, a co-actor and longtime friend.
“Gut hit the fist this morning to hear of the death of actress Kathryn Kates,” reads one of many tributes to the actress posted online. “She was incredibly kind, talented and generous with her time. A standard bearer of the way every executive professional should be. My thoughts to everyone who knew and loved her.”
“The incredible @kathrynjkates has passed away,” reads another tweet. “Kathryn Kates was someone I knew through my daughter who worked with her and we kept in touch. I really admired her work and she knew it. I told her many times and I’m glad I got it. done – outspoken, true, caring, memorable actress in every role. “
Kates is survived by her brother Joshua, a sister, sister-in-law Sue Ann and Gloria, cousin Ben, and their families. Our minds go out to them in this painful time. Rest in peace, Kathryn Kates, and thank you for the memories.
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