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RIP: Seymour Cassel - Dead at 84

Old 04-08-19, 03:36 PM
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RIP: Seymour Cassel - Dead at 84

Prolific actor Seymour Cassel, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Faces” and appeared in Wes Anderson films including “Rushmore,” died Sunday in Los Angeles of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Cassel was a veteran of dozens of independent films, appearing in multiple roles in films directed by John Cassvetes and Anderson. In addition to playing Bert Fischer in “Rushmore,” he appeared in “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.”

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

In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for supporting actor for his role as Chet in Cassavetes’s cinema verite drama “Faces.” He also won a National Society of Film Critics Award for the performance. Other collaborations with Cassavetes included the co-lead with Gena Rowlands in “Minnie and Moskowitz,” “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie,” and “Love Streams.”

He met Anderson through indie director Alexandre Rockwell, who cast Cassel in “In the Soup,” for which he won a Sundance acting prize.

Other feature film credits include “Dick Tracy,” “Tin Men,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Indecent Proposal,” and Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut “Trees Lounge.” Cassel appeared for four seasons in “Tracey Takes On….”

Cassel was also active in the Screen Actors Guild and was a member of the national board. He ran unsuccessfully for president in 2007 and 2009.

He is survived by his three children, Lisa Papciak, Matthew Cassel and Dilyn Cassel Murphy, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
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Old 04-08-19, 03:46 PM
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Damn, loved his work. Looks like Gena Rowlands is the only one left from John Cassavetes repertoire company. RIP.
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He gave Slash his nickname.
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The Hotel Guy from Royal Tenenbaums
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Damn, I just watched Love Streams the other day. While viewing his interview in the extras, I was thinking about how John, Peter, and Ben were no longer around, and he still was.

RIP Moskowitz

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RIP Moskowitz

My Favorite Of his.
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No obit mention of that rubbish Death Game?
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He kind of resembled Hal Holbrook who is still around at 94.
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Just saw him in Honeymoon in Vegas a couple of weeks ago...RIP
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I remember seeing him on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the season 2 opener, "The Child". At that time, I never realized how prolific he was.
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