Seymour Cassel, Actor in John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson Movies, Dies at 84


Prolific actor Seymour Cassel, who obtained an Academy Award nomination for “Faces” and appeared in Wes Anderson movies together with “Rushmore,” died Sunday in Los Angeles of Alzheimer’s illness. He was 84.

Cassel was a veteran of dozens of unbiased movies, showing in a number of roles in movies directed by John Cassvetes and Anderson. Along with taking part in Bert Fischer in “Rushmore,” he appeared in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

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Cassel was born in Detroit on Jan. 22, 1935. His early profession was tied to Cassavetes and he made his film debut in an uncredited function in Cassavetes’ first movie, “Shadows,” in 1958. He co-starred with Cassavetes in “Too Late Blues” and “The Webster Boy” and appeared on “The Lloyd Bridges Present” within the episode “A Pair of Boots” directed by  Cassavetes. His early TV credit included “Twelve O’Clock Excessive,” “Fight!,” “The F.B.I.” and “Batman” within the episode “A Piece of the Motion.”

In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for supporting actor for his function as Chet in Cassavetes’s cinema verite drama “Faces.” He additionally gained a Nationwide Society of Movie Critics Award for the efficiency. Different collaborations with Cassavetes included the co-lead with Gena Rowlands in “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “The Killing of a Chinese language Bookie,” and “Love Streams.”

He met Anderson via indie director Alexandre Rockwell, who solid Cassel in “Within the Soup,” for which he gained a Sundance appearing prize.

Different characteristic movie credit embrace “Dick Tracy,” “Tin Males,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Indecent Proposal,” and Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut “Timber Lounge.” Cassel appeared for 4 seasons in “Tracey Takes On….”

Cassel was additionally energetic within the Display screen Actors Guild and was a member of the nationwide board. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2007 and 2009.

He’s survived by his three kids, Lisa Papciak, Matthew Cassel and Dilyn Cassel Murphy, seven grandchildren, and three nice grandchildren.

Donations could also be made to the Alzheimer’s Basis of America.

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