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      Seymour Cassel

      Seymour Cassel

      Highest Rated: 100% Love Streams (1984)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Jan 22, 1935

      Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

      A rascally presence on screen for more than five decades, character actor Seymour Cassel brought offbeat energy to roles both sizable and small in numerous studio and independent films, most notably those of his friends John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson. Born Seymour Joseph Cassel in Detroit, Michigan on January 22, 1935, he never knew his father, a salesman for a beer company, but began performing at the age of three on the same vaudeville and burlesque bills with his mother, Pancretia Ann Kearney, who danced on the Minsky's circuit in New York. A rebellious streak as a pre-teenager earned Cassel a one-way ticket back to Detroit to live with his godmother, but by his mid-teens, he had enlisted in the Navy, where he learned to box. He eventually found his way back to New York and studied acting with Stella Adler; while under her tutelage, Cassel met and befriended actor John Cassavetes, who gave him his first screen role, albeit uncredited, in his groundbreaking independent film "Shadows" (1958). Cassel followed Cassevetes to Los Angeles in 1959, and lived in the guesthouse at the home of the actor/director and his wife, actress, Gena Rowlands, while working his way from bit parts to guest roles on television series, including "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964), "12 O'Clock High" (ABC, 1964-1967) and "Batman" (ABC, 1965-1968), where he was featured in two 1967 as Cancelled, a henchman to Roger C. Carmel's Colonel Gumm. The following year, Cassavetes gave Cassel his breakout role as Chet, a hippie with whom unhappy suburban wife Lynn Carlin has an affair; he earned an Oscar nomination for his performance, and soon graduated to small roles in studio films, including "Coogan's Bluff" (1968), "The Last Tycoon" (1977) and "Convoy" (1978). His best work of the decade was for Cassavetes, who cast him as a parking lot attendant who falls for an embittered Rowlands in "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971) and a double-crossing mobster in "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976), as well as a brief cameo as himself in "Opening Night" (1977). But Cassel undid much of the momentum provided by these films through drugs and alcohol, which eventually culminated in a six-month prison sentence for possession of cocaine. He completed rehab and returned to acting, reuniting with Cassavetes for his penultimate film, "Love Streams" (1984) and working his way up from episodic television and B-pictures to supporting roles as street-smart figures in projects for Barry Levinson ("Tin Men," 1987), Dennis Hopper ("Colors," 1988) and Warren Beatty ("Dick Tracy" 1990). In 1992, he charmed a new generation of independent film fans as a hustler who finances screenwriter Steve Buscemi's disastrous feature; his robust performance earned not only the Grand Jury Prize for acting at the Sundance Film Festival, but also the admiration of numerous filmmakers and actors, who tapped Cassel to lend his avuncular wiseguy persona to their projects. He enjoyed a long and fruitful series of collaborations with Wes Anderson, who cast him as kindly figures, like Jason Schwartzman's father in "Rushmore" (1998) and Gene Hackman's loyal doorman in "The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001); he also worked with Andrew Bergman ("Honeymoon in Vegas," 1992), the Hughes Brothers (an uncredited turn in "Dead Presidents," 1995), and Buscemi's directorial efforts ("Animal Factory," 2000). There were also numerous forays into television, most notably on multiple seasons of Tracey Ullman's "Tracey Takes On " (HBO, 1996-99), and two campaigns to head the Screen Actors Guild in 2007 and 2009. Cassel remained active in independent features and television until 2015; he succumbed to complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84 on April 7, 2019.

      Highest rated movies

      Love Streams
      Rushmore
      61*
      In the Soup
      Faces
      The Sleepy Time Gal
      Animal Factory
      The Royal Tenenbaums

      Photos

      MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, 1971 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, 1971 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, Robert Phillips, Ben Gazzara, Morgan Woodward, Seymour Cassel, 1976 THE REVOLUTIONARY, Jon Voight, Seymour Cassel, 1970 DIARY OF A HITMAN, Forest Whitaker, Seymour Cassel, 1991, ©Vision International MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, 1971 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, 1971 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, 1971 THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel (rear), Morgan Woodward, 1976 MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, 1971 MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, 1971 MINNIE & MOSKOWITZ, John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Seymour Cassel, 1971 FACES, Seymour Cassel, 1968. VALENTINO, Seymour Cassel, Rudolf Nureyev, Michelle Phillips, 1977. FACES, Seymour Cassel, 1968. THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE, from left: Seymour Cassel, Azizi Johari, Morgan Woodward (tuxedo, foreground), Ben Gazzara (far right), 1976 FACES, Seymour Cassel, 1968. FACES, Seymour Cassel, Lynn Carlin, 1968 FACES, Seymour Cassel, 1968. LOVE STREAMS, Seymour Cassel, Gena Rowlands, Risa Blewitt, 1984.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 0% A Pride of Lions Dominic Ackers (Character) - 2014
      11% 39% The Secret Lives of Dorks Principal (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet 77% Broken Kingdom Clayton (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 53% Booster Harold (Character) - 2012
      50% 67% Fort McCoy Father Mivkovek (Character) $73.7K 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Silver Case Dealer (Character) - 2011
      26% 30% Life Happens Poppop (Character) $20.2K 2011
      No Score Yet 17% Freerunner Grampa (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 33% Pete Smalls Is Dead Saco (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 62% Chasing 3000 Poppy (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without Borders Detective McKenneth (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Now Here Commissioner (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Not Dead Yet Francis (Character) - 2009
      29% 48% Irene in Time Rupert (Character) $194.3K 2009
      25% 28% Staten Island Jasper (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 81% Reach for Me Alvin (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 67% Beau Jest Abe Goldman (Character) - 2008
      9% 35% Postal Paul (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cosmic Radio Malcolm Stone (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 0% Big Heart City Unknown (Character) - 2007
      39% 68% Hollywood Dreams Rupert (Character) - 2006
      29% 58% Beer League Dirt (Character) $475.0K 2006
      32% 30% The Tenants Levenspiel (Character) $2.0K 2006
      No Score Yet 8% Before It Had a Name Jeff (Character) - 2005
      40% 40% The Wendell Baker Story Boyd (Character) $127.1K 2005
      60% 57% Lonesome Jim Don (Character) $154.1K 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bittersweet Place Jack "Pappy" Schaffer (Character) - 2005
      57% 82% The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou Esteban du Plantier (Character) $24.0M 2004
      No Score Yet 64% A Good Night to Die Guy (Character) - 2003
      61% 35% Stuck on You Morty O'Reilly (Character) $33.8M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Biz Eugene Hinkle (Character) - 2002
      21% 41% Sonny Albert (Character) $17.6K 2002
      50% 23% The Burial Society Sam Goldberg (Character) $20.6K 2002
      9% 39% Stealing Harvard Uncle Jack (Character) $14.0M 2002
      57% 53% Passionada Daniel Vargas (Character) $536.9K 2002
      35% 68% Bartleby Frank Waxman (Character) $141.4K 2001
      86% 90% 61* Sam Simon (Character) - 2001
      22% 53% Manna From Heaven Stanley Stanley (Character) $505.7K 2001
      81% 89% The Royal Tenenbaums Dusty (Character) $52.4M 2001
      83% 55% The Sleepy Time Gal Bob (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chameleon Richard Cavanaugh (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 38% Just One Night Arthur Imperial (Character) - 2000
      83% 59% Animal Factory Lt. Seeman (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women of the Night Sally (Character) - 2000
      20% 34% The Crew Tony 'Mouth' Donato (Character) $13.0M 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex & Bullets Eddie (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Next Stop, Eternity Lawrence (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Call Unknown (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Temps Arthur (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Smoking Cuban Style Dragan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ballad of the Nightingale Unknown (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snapped Bob (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Treat Chip O'Herlihee (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Salome Unknown (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 50% Emma's Wish Harry (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 53% Me & Will Roy (Character) - 1998
      56% 68% Relax... It's Just Sex! Emile Pillsbury (Character) $452.7K 1998
      20% 29% Black and White Sal (Character) - 1998
      90% 91% Rushmore Bert Fischer (Character) $17.1M 1998
      No Score Yet 10% Obsession Jacob Frischmuth (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Motel Blue Capistrano Minister (Character) - 1997
      50% 44% Cannes Man Sy Lerner (Character) - 1996
      50% 75% Dream for an Insomniac Uncle Leo (Character) $14.7K 1996
      No Score Yet 72% Things I Never Told You Frank (Character) - 1996
      81% 79% Trees Lounge Uncle Al (Character) $673.3K 1996
      No Score Yet 59% Dead Girl Ira Golub (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Home Run Older Jonathan (Character) - 1996
      33% 21% Chasers Master Chief Bogg (Character) $1.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 43% Hand Gun Jack McCallister (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dark Side of Genius Samuel Rourke (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 66% There Goes My Baby Pop (Character) $84.1K 1994
      71% 54% It Could Happen to You Jack Gross (Character) $37.8M 1994
      60% 62% Imaginary Crimes Eddie (Character) $70.7K 1994
      No Score Yet 36% Tollbooth Larry / Leon (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Pigs Fly Frank (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 38% Trouble Bound Santino (Character) - 1993
      17% 22% Boiling Point Virgil Leach (Character) $9.0M 1993
      34% 47% Indecent Proposal Mr. Shackleford (Character) $104.9M 1993
      60% No Score Yet Chain of Desire Mel (Character) $3.1K 1993
      No Score Yet 36% Diary of a Hitman Koenig (Character) - 1992
      60% 21% Cold Heaven Tom Farrelly (Character) $17.2K 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Love Is Like That Uncle Bud (Character) - 1992
      85% 75% In the Soup Joe (Character) $13.9K 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Love Unknown (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 0% Dead in the Water Lt. Frank Vaness (Character) - 1991
      67% 63% White Fang Skunker (Character) $34.6M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures in Spying Ray Rucker (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 67% Face of a Stranger Ralph (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 82% Cold Dog Soup Jojo (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 67% Sweet Bird of Youth Hatcher (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 61% Plain Clothes Ed Malmburg (Character) $222.7K 1988
      63% 44% Track 29 Dr. Bernard Fairmont (Character) $19.3K 1988
      0% 30% Johnny Be Good Wallace Gibson (Character) $15.5M 1988
      78% 64% Tin Men Cheese (Character) $25.3M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Survival Game Dave Forrest (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Investigation Dick Silvers (Character) - 1987
      20% 45% Eye of the Tiger Sheriff (Character) - 1986
      100% 88% Love Streams Jack Lawson (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet 4% Double Exposure Dr. Frank Curtis (Character) - 1982
      No Score Yet 47% King of the Mountain Barry Tanner (Character) - 1981
      43% 63% The Mountain Men La Bont (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Angel on My Shoulder Smiley Mitchell (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet 50% California Dreaming Duke Slusarski (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ravagers Blind Lawyer (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet 56% Sunburn Dobbs (Character) - 1979
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Oak Conspiracy Homer Metcalf (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 39% Death Game George Manning (Character) - 1977
      79% 83% The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Mort Weil (Gangster) (Character) - 1976
      35% 40% The Last Tycoon Seal trainer (Character) - 1976
      81% 85% Minnie and Moskowitz Seymour Moskowitz (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 83% The Revolutionary Leonard II (Character) - 1970
      85% 87% Faces Chet (Character) - 1968
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hanged Man Bellboy (Character) - 1964
      80% 71% Too Late Blues Red, the bassist (Character) - 1962

      TV

      Credit
      100% No Score Yet Funny or Die Presents King of Police (Character) 2011
      94% 97% Flight of the Conchords Johnny Boy (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 85% ER Alfred Gower (Guest Star) 2007
      33% No Score Yet Heist Unknown (Character) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Don Unknown (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Company Jack O'Shea (Character) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tracey Takes On ... Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Under Suspicion Capt. Mickey Schwartz (Character) 1994-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      72% 79% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1965-1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Jerry (Character) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Lawyer No. 2 (Guest Star) 1962-1963