Kathryn Kates, a New York native and actress known for her appearances on “Seinfeld,” “Orange Is the New Black” and “Law & Order: SVU,” has died in Florida after a battle with cancer. She was 73 years old.
Most recently seen playing the role of Angie DeCarlo in “The Sopranos” spin-off film “The Many Saints of Newark,” the actress’ death was confirmed by her reps on Monday.
“Our mighty @officialkathrynkates has passed away. She will always be remembered and adored in our hearts as the mighty force of nature that she was,” Headline Talent Agency announced Monday via Instagram.
“She loved this job and had enough patience to fill 10 ships. A true icon. We will miss you.”
Kates moved from her native New York to Los Angeles in 1974 to pursue her professional acting career. Once on the West Coast, she became an influential figure in the local theater scene, including as the founder of the famed Colony Theater in Burbank, Calif., she says. official biography.
Kates went on to headline many award-winning LA Drama Critics’ Circle productions of The Colony, including Ray Bradbury’s “The Martian Chronicles” starring Ed Harris. Over the decades, The Colony has grown from a small ensemble of actors into a well-established, award-winning and nationally recognized theatre, renowned for its high quality productions and listed in the Encyclopedia Britannica Almanac as the one of “25 Notable American Theater Companies”. ”
In addition to her roles in multiple regional tours and off-Broadway shows, Kates has served as the main understudy for the 2017 Broadway production “Significant Other”.
Over her nearly five-decade career, the raven-haired beauty has quickly amassed a sprawling resume with parts in network series such as “Matlock,” “Caroline in the City,” “Rescue Me,” and ” Lizzie McGuire”.
She’s also had recurring roles on a string of recent TV hits: she was Amy Kanter-Bloom, the mother of Jason Biggs’ character in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” as well as another mother role in the Jennifer Lopez’s NBC crime drama “Shades of Blue” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” in which she sat on the bench as Judge Marlene Simons.
However, for some fans, Kates will still be best remembered for her guest star performances on two classic episodes of NBC’s “Seinfeld” – 1994’s “The Dinner Party” and 1996’s “The Rye.”
“Kathryn has been our client for many years, and we’ve grown so much closer to her over the past year since she learned her cancer was coming back,” the veteran actress said. said later Deadline in a report. “She was always incredibly brave and wise and approached each role with the utmost passion. She will be greatly missed.”
Kates is survived by her sister Mallory, her brother Joshua, her sisters-in-law Sue Ann and Gloria, and her nephew Ben.