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Dan Seymour (February 22, 1915 – May 25, 1993) was an American character actor who frequently played villains in
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films. He appeared in several
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films, including ''
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'' (1942), '' To Have and Have Not'' (1944) and ''
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'' (1948). He should not be confused with the
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' Halloween broadcast of ''
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Early life

He was born Daniel Seymour Katz in
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. He attended
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in Chicago and graduated from the
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with a B.S. in Fine Arts.


Career

Seymour worked in burlesque as a song-and-dance man and worked at night as an
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in New York
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s. He moved to
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, where his large build made him suitable casting for roles as dubious characters. After 16 months of dieting and swimming, his weight dropped to 244 pounds in 1946 having lost 100 pounds. He played
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Captain Renard, in '' To Have and Have Not'' (1944), the adversary of
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's character. In ''
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'' (1948), he again played opposite Bogart as one of the henchmen of Johnny Rocco (
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). In the motion picture ''
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'' (1952), he played opposite
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and
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. He later appeared in seven episodes of ''
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'', which starred Burr; the episodes spanned the entire nine-year run of the popular series. During the first season in 1957, he played Harry Marlow in "The Case of the Silent Partner." In the final season in 1965, he played Nappy Tyler in "The Case of the Carefree Coronary." He made four appearances in '' The Untouchables'', and three on '' Adventures of Superman''. He performed on the radio anthology series '' Mollé Mystery Theatre'' and later on many television series. He acted in episodes 25 and 26 of ''
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'' (1966) credited as "Dan Seymore".


Personal life

He married Evelyn Schwartz in 1949. They had two children: Jeff, born in 1950, and Greg, born in 1954.


Death

On May 25, 1993, Seymour died two months after suffering a stroke in Santa Monica, California. He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in
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.


Partial filmography

* '' Bombs over Burma'' (1942) - Pete Brogranza * ''
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'' (1942) - Fat Doorman in Cairo Theatre (uncredited) * '' The Talk of the Town'' (1942) - Headwaiter at Nightclub (uncredited) * ''
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'' (1942) - Slave-Buyer (uncredited) * ''
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'' (1942) - Abdul (uncredited) * ''Mug Town'' (1942) - Chef (uncredited) * '' Tahiti Honey'' (1943) - Fats * ''
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'' (1943) - Native Guard * '' Hit the Ice'' (1943) - Resort Chef (uncredited) * ''
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'' (1943) - Henry Gratz * '' Klondike Kate'' (1943) - Harry - Piano Player * '' Kismet'' (1944) - Fat Turk at the Cafe (uncredited) * '' Rainbow Island'' (1944) - Fat Native Man (uncredited) * '' To Have and Have Not'' (1944) - Capt. M. Renard * ''
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'' (1944) - King of the Carnival (uncredited) * '' It's in the Bag!'' (1945) - Fatso (uncredited) * ''
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'' (1945) - Turkish customer (uncredited) * ''The Spanish Main'' (1945) - Jailer (uncredited) * ''Confidential Agent'' (1945) - Mr. Muckerji * ''San Antonio (film), San Antonio'' (1945) - Laredo Border Guard (uncredited) * ''A Night in Casablanca'' (1946) - Prefect of Police * ''The Searching Wind'' (1946) - Torrone * ''Cloak and Dagger (1946 film), Cloak and Dagger'' (1946) - Marsoli * ''Philo Vance's Gamble'' (1947) - Jeffrey Connor * ''Hard Boiled Mahoney'' (1947) - Dr. Armand * ''Slave Girl (film), Slave Girl'' (1947) - Telek - Tuareg Chieftain * ''Intrigue (1947 film), Intrigue'' (1947) - Karidian * ''
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'' (1948) - Angel Garcia * ''Johnny Belinda (1948 film), Johnny Belinda'' (1948) - Pacquet - Storekeeper * ''Highway 13'' (1948) - Kelleher (uncredited) * ''Trail of the Yukon'' (1949) - Tom Laroux * ''Reign of Terror (film), Reign of Terror'' (1949) - Innkeeper (uncredited) * ''Young Man with a Horn (film), Young Man with a Horn'' (1950) - Mike (uncredited) * ''Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion'' (1950) - Josef (uncredited) * ''Joe Palooka in the Squared Circle'' (1950) - Charlie Crawford * ''Sirocco (film), Sirocco'' (1951) - Wealthy Syrian (uncredited) * ''The Blue Veil (1951 film), The Blue Veil'' (1951) - Pelt * ''Rancho Notorious'' (1952) - Comanche Paul * ''
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'' (1952) - Lt. Zuenon * ''Glory Alley'' (1952) - Sal Nichols (The Pig) * ''Face to Face (1952 film), Face to Face'' (1952) - Drummer ('The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky') * ''Tangier Incident (film), Tangier Incident'' (1953) - Police Inspector Rabat * ''The System (1953 film), The System'' (1953) - Mr. Marty * ''Second Chance (1953 film), Second Chance'' (1953) - Felipe * ''The Big Heat'' (1953) - Mr. Atkins * ''Human Desire'' (1954) - Duggan - Bartender (uncredited) * ''Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy'' (1955) - Josef * ''Moonfleet (1955 film), Moonfleet'' (1955) - Hull * ''Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956 film), Beyond a Reasonable Doubt'' (1956) - Greco * ''The Buster Keaton Story'' (1957) - Indian Chief * ''Undersea Girl'' (1957) - Police Lt. Mike Travis * ''The Sad Sack'' (1957) - Arab Chieftain (uncredited) * ''Watusi (film), Watusi'' (1959) - Mohamet * ''Return of the Fly'' (1959) - Max Barthold * ''Unholy Rollers'' (1972) - Used Car Dealer * ''The Way We Were'' (1973) - Guest * ''Centerfold Girls'' (1974) - Proprietor * ''The Manhandlers'' (1974) - Vito * ''Escape to Witch Mountain (1975 film), Escape to Witch Mountain'' (1975) - Psychic


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