Seymour Cassel Biography

Birthday: 1935-01-22
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan USA
Height: 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)
Wiki Biography: Seymour Cassel, the veteran character actor who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the hippie swinger Chet in John Cassavetes' Faces (1968/I), studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and at the Actors Studio. He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows (1959), on which he also served as associate producer. Cassel's early career was tied to Cassavetes, who himself had a flourishing career as an actor on television and in major Hollywood productions in addition to becoming, arguably, the first great independent movie director after the collapse of the studio system in the late 1950s/early 1960s. As for Cassel, after his uncredited role in "Shadows," he co-starred with Cassavetes in The Webster Boy (1962) and Too Late Blues (1961) before winding up in support of his friend in Don Siegel's The Killers (1964), a movie shot for TV that had to be released theatrically due to its heightened violence (it was also Ronald Reagan's last movie). Cassel primarily made his living on TV in the 1960s, frequently typecast as beatniks and hippies. He had a supporting role in the Cassavetes-directed episode "A Pair of Boots" (1962) for "The Lloyd Bridges Show" (1962) as well as appearing on such popular programs as "12 O'Clock High" (1964), "Combat!" (1962) and "The F.B.I." (1965) before scoring with his aging hippie in "Faces" at the end of that tumultuous decade. Along with "Shadows," "Faces" remains his favorite Cassavettes film. In addition to acting, Cassel was also a crew member on the film, as the technical staff numbered all of seven. He helped shoot the film as a second cameraman, as well as adjusting the lighting. As the film was financed by Cassavettes himself, there were no union regulations to deal with, nor a studio schedule to keep. Several of Cassavettes' films were shot in continuity, so the actors could develop a character in sequence--similar to stage acting--rather than the traditional method of film making, which is shot out of sequence. Cassel has stated that this technique enhanced the success of his works by eliminating the "fourth wall" between the audience and the actors. He believes that acting tells the film's story, not the images and that what is important is how the audience relates to the characters on screen. As their careers matured, Cassel also co-starred with Cassavetes in two TV movies, Nightside (1973) (TV) and Nightside (1973) (TV) and appeared in supporting roles in three more Cassavetes-directed films: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977) and Love Streams (1984). In addition to appearing in studio films, Cassel has remained prominent in the American independent film community since the death of his friend and collaborator. He contributed a cameo appearance in the directorial debut of Steve Buscemi (with whom he appeared as a co-star in the black comedy In the Soup (1992)), Trees Lounge (1996), and has appeared in three films by Wes Anderson: Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004). Cassel is prized by independent directors for two things: his positive nature, and his (perhaps) facetious declaration that he'd be in any independent film for the price of a plane ticket if he liked the script.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
White Fang Skunker 1991 Adventure
Good Company Jack O'Shea 1996 - 1996
To Love and Die 2008 Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Too Late Blues 1962
Minnie and Moskowitz Seymour Moskowitz 1972 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 Game Show, Comedy
California Dreaming 1979
The Mountain Men 1980 Adventure
Love Streams 1984 Comedy, Drama
Eye of the Tiger Sheriff 1986 0
Survival Game Dave Forrest 1987 Action, Drama
Johnny Be Good Wallace Gibson 1988
Track 29 Dr. Bernard Fairmont 1988 0
Wicked Stepmother 1989 Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Plain Clothes Ed Malmburg 1989 Comedy, Mystery, Romance
Dick Tracy Sam Catchem 1990 Game Show, Comedy, 0, 0
Diary of a Hitman 1991 Comedy, 0
White Fang Skunker 1991 Adventure, Drama
In the Soup 1992
Cold Heaven Tom Farrelly 1992 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Love Is Like That Uncle Bud 1992 Drama
Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Adventures in Spying Ray Rucker 1992
Indecent Proposal 1993 Biography
Trouble Bound Santino 1993 0, Game Show, 0
Chain of Desire Mel 1993 Drama, Romance
Imaginary Crimes 1994
Dark Side of Genius Samuel Rourke 1994 Game Show, 0
When Pigs Fly Frank 1994 Comedy
It Could Happen to You 1994 Comedy, Drama, Romance
There Goes My Baby Pop 1994 Comedy, Drama
Hand Gun Jack McCallister 1994 Action, Crime, Thriller
Tollbooth Larry / Leon 1994 Action, Drama, Thriller
Dream for an Insomniac Uncle Leo 1996 Romance, Comedy, Drama
I sfagi tou kokora Ahilleas 1996 Drama
Caméléone Francis 1996 Thriller
Dead Girl Ira Golub 1997 Comedy
Obsession Jacob Frischmuth 1997 Drama, Music, Romance
Motel Blue Capistrano Minister 1997 Thriller
Rushmore Bert Fischer 1998 0
Cosas que nunca te dije Frank 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Relax... It's Just Sex Emile Pillsbury 1998 Comedy
Snapped Bob 1998 Drama
Smoking Cuban Style Dragan 1999 Comedy, Drama
Me and Will Roy 1999 Drama
Animal Factory Lt. Seeman 2000 Crime, Drama
The Crew 2000 Crime, Comedy
Just One Night Arthur Imperial 2000 Comedy
Bartleby 2001
The Royal Tenenbaums Dusty 2001 0
61* Sam Simon 2001 0
The Sleepy Time Gal Bob 2001 Drama
Women of the Night Sally 2001 Thriller
The Cure for Boredom Eddie 2001 Comedy
Passionada 2002
Stealing Harvard 2002 0, 0, 0
Les frères Gravet Himself 2002
Cannes Man Sy Lerner 2002 Comedy, Drama
Manna from Heaven Stanley 2002 Comedy
Sonny Albert 2003 Crime, Drama
A Good Night to Die Guy 2003 Action, Comedy, Thriller
Stuck on You Morty O'Reilly 2003 Comedy
The Burial Society Sam Goldberg 2004
Sweet Underground Wally 2004 Drama
Lonesome Jim 2005 Biography
The Wendell Baker Story Boyd Fullbright 2005 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Welcome to California Jim's Father 2005 Drama
The Tenants 2006 0, 0, Game Show, Biography
Beer League 2006 Comedy, Sport
Before It Had a Name Jeff 2007 Drama, Romance
Hollywood Dreams Rupert 2007 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sea of Dreams Tomaso 2007 Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Bittersweet Place Jack "Pappy" Schaffer 2008 Drama
Beau Jest Abe Goldman 2008 Comedy, Romance
Barbiere, IL Mort 2008 Drama
Big Heart City Larry 2008 Drama
Not Dead Yet Francis 2009 Comedy, Drama
Reach for Me Alvin 2009 Comedy, Drama
Little New York Jasper Sabiano 2009 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Chasing 3000 2010 Sport
Now Here Commissioner 2010 Crime, Drama, Fantasy
L!fe Happens Pop Pop 2011
Pete Smalls Is Dead Saco 2011 Comedy, Crime
Silver Case Dealer 2012 Action, Adventure, Comedy
Booster Harold 2012 Crime, Drama
Freerunner Gramps 2012 Action
Without Borders Detective McKenneth 2012 Drama
Lost Angeles Film Critic 2012 Comedy, Drama
Broken Kingdom Clayton 2012 Drama
The Biz Eugene Hinkle 2013
The Last Beat Fred Kantor 2014 Drama
Faces 2014
Fort McCoy Father Mivkovek 2014 Romance, 0
The Algerian Professor Wright 2014 Drama
Pride of Lions Dominic Ackers 2014 Drama
Lucky Dog The Real Spencer 2014 Family
Silver Case: Director's Cut Dealer 2015 Comedy
Sunburn 2018