Kathryn Kates, Actress in ‘Many Saints of Newark’ and ‘Seinfeld,’ Dies at 73

Kathryn Kates, a television, film, and stage actress best known for appearances in The Many Saints of Newark, Seinfeld, and Orange Is the New Black, has died. aged 73 years old.

Kates, who had lung cancer, died quietly on Saturday, Jan. 22, accompanied by family members including her sister Mallory, brother Josh, and his wife Sue Ann, according to her reps.

Kathryn was born in New York City to Louis Kates and actress Madlyn Cates, and her career began in the 1980s with guest appearances on crime and procedural dramas such as Matlock, Judging Amy, and The Good Fight, with bigger recurring roles in the Jennifer Lopez-led Shades of Blue and longest-running primetime live-action series Law & Order: SVU as Judge Marlene Simons.

Kate’s other memorable TV appearances include four episodes as Amy Kanter-Bloom in the Emmy-winning Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, as matchmaker Hilda Hoffman in the Al Pacino-led Amazon series Hunters, and perhaps most famously as the counterperson at Schnitzer’s Deli selling Babka and Marble Rye in Seinfeld.

One of Kate’s most memorable film performances would also be her final, as Angie DeCarlo in David Chase’s Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark. However, her final screen appearance will be in an upcoming Apple TV+ series starring alongside fellow actor and friend Judd Hirsch.

Kates graced Broadway and Off-Broadway stages and appeared in productions at acclaimed theaters The Public, Urban Stages, The Soho Playhouse, The Cherry Lane, and Theatre Row while touring across Europe with Saviana Stanescu’s Waxing West and serving as a company member of Daniel Talbott’s Rising Phoenix Rep.

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