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Oscar-Nominated Character Actor Dies

Apr 8, 2019  •  Post A Comment

A character actor who became a familiar face through his roles in the films of John Cassavetes, receiving an Oscar nomination for Cassavetes’ 1968 movie “Faces,” has died.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seymour Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Cassel began his association with Cassavetes in the late 1950s on the improvisational film “Shadows,” Cassavetes’ directorial debut, before the pair collaborated on the 1961 film “Too Late Blues.” Cassel went on to appear in Cassavetes’ “Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971), “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” (1976), “Opening Night” (1977) and “Love Streams” (1984).

He later became a favorite of filmmaker Wes Anderson, who cast Cassel in “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004).

Cassel’s other film appearances include “Coogan’s Bluff” (1968), “The Last Tycoon” (1976), “Valentino” (1977), “Convoy” (1978), “Johnny Be Good” (1988), “Mobsters” (1991), “In the Soup” (1992), “Honeymoon in Vegas” (1992), “Indecent Proposal” (1993), “Beer League” (2006) and “Fort McCoy” (2011).

Cassel also had a long list of TV credits going back to the early 1960s, including recurring appearances on “12 O’Clock High” in the 1960s, a run as Lt. Mickey Schwartz on “Under Suspicion” in the mid-1990s and a recurring role as Candy Casino on “Tracey takes On…” in the late 1990s.

Here’s a clip posted last year in which Cassel recounts a story about John Cassavetes giving a job to a man who tried to rob Cassavetes and Cassel …

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