Actress Kathryn Kates, who appeared in hit TV series including “Orange is the New
Black” and “Seinfeld,” has died.
Kathryn Kates passed away from cancer in Florida on Saturday, It is unclear what
type of cancer Kates suffered from.
she had previously beat the disease before the cancer returned this past year.
Kates was 73 when she died, according to Deadline, which was the first outlet to
report her death.
“Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we have grown much closer to her
in this last year since she knew of her cancer returning,” Headline Talent Agency said
in a statement to Deadline, adding: “She was always incredibly brave and wise and
approached every role with the greatest of passion. She will be greatly missed.”
According to a biography on her own website, Kates moved from her native New York
to Los Angeles in 1974 to pursue her acting career. There she was an influential figure
in the local theater scene, becoming one of the founders of the Colony Theatre in
With a TV career spanning more than three decades, Kates performed in a number of
She had a recurring role in the ’90s sitcom “Seinfeld,” starring alongside Jerry Seinfeld
and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
She also featured in the gritty Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” and the legal
drama “The Good Fight,” as well as appearing in “The Sopranos” origin film “The
Many Saints of Newark.”