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Seymour Joseph Cassel (born January 22, 1935) is an American actor.[1] Cassel first came to prominence in the 1960s in the pioneering independent films of writer/director John Cassavetes. The first of these was Too Late Blues
Too Late Blues
(1961), followed by Faces (1968), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
and won a National Society of Film Critics Award. Cassel went on to appear in Cassavetes' Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
(1976), Opening Night (1977), and Love Streams (1984). He has further appeared in a number of independent and Hollywood
Hollywood
film productions. Notable titles include Coogan's Bluff (1968), The Last Tycoon (1976), Valentino (1977), Johnny Be Good
Johnny Be Good
(1988), Mobsters (1991), In the Soup (1992), Honeymoon in Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
(1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), Beer League
Beer League
(2006), and Fort McCoy (2011). Like Cassavetes, Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson
has frequently cast Cassel - first in Rushmore (1998), and then in The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums
(2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

Contents

1 Early life and career 2 Collaborations 3 Personal life 4 Accolades 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life and career[edit] Cassel was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Pancretia Ann (née Kearney), a performer, and Seymour Joseph Cassel, a nightclub owner.[2][3] Cassel's early career was tied to fellow actor John Cassavetes, who is informally part of his clan of actors.[4] He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows, on which he also served as associate producer. In 1961 he co-starred with Cassavetes in Too Late Blues
Too Late Blues
and 1962's The Webster Boy. He also appeared in The Lloyd Bridges Show in the episode "A Pair of Boots" directed by his friend Cassavetes. Cassel appeared on such popular programs as Twelve O'Clock High, Combat!
Combat!
and The F.B.I. He also appeared as "Cancelled", one of Colonel Gumm's henchmen, in the 1960s Batman TV episode "A Piece of the Action", which also featured guest stars Van Williams
Van Williams
and Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee
as The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet
and Kato, respectively. Collaborations[edit] In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
for his role as Chet in John Cassavetes's Faces. Other collaborations with Cassavetes included a starring role with Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
in Minnie and Moskowitz, supporting roles in The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Love Streams, and a cameo appearance in Opening Night. Having appeared in major Hollywood
Hollywood
productions such as Dick Tracy, Tin Men, and Indecent Proposal, Cassel has also been very supportive of the American independent film community, especially in the wake of Cassavetes's death. Cassel had a small role in Steve Buscemi's directorial debut Trees Lounge
Trees Lounge
and appeared in three films by Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums
and The Life Aquatic. Cassel appeared for four seasons in comedian Tracey Ullman's television series Tracey Takes On.... Personal life[edit] Cassel married Elizabeth Deering in 1964; they had two children before divorcing in 1983. Guitarist Slash (real name Saul Hudson), who was childhood friends with Cassel's son, credited Cassel with giving him his nickname, because he was always zipping from one place to another and never sitting still.[5] Accolades[edit] In September 2007, Cassel was a candidate for national president of the Screen Actors Guild, along with Charley M. De La Peña, Alan Rosenberg (incumbent), and Barry Simmonds. In 2009, Cassel was once again a candidate for national president of the Screen Actors Guild
Screen Actors Guild
along with Anne Marie Johnson and Ken Howard. Howard was the eventual winner. In 2012, the Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany introduced an actors' prize named the Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
Award.[6] He won the National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA award for Best Supporting Actor
Actor
for his role in Faces.[7] Filmography[edit]

Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
in 1995

Shadows (1959) (uncredited) The Killers (1964) The Hanged Man (1964) Faces (1968) as Chet Coogan's Bluff (1968) The Revolutionary (1970) Minnie and Moskowitz
Minnie and Moskowitz
(1971) The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
(1976) Black Oak Conspiracy
Black Oak Conspiracy
(1977) Death Game
Death Game
(1977) Valentino (1977) Opening Night (1978) Convoy (1978) California Dreaming (1979) Mr. Mike's Mondo Video (1979) Sunburn (1979) The Mountain Men
The Mountain Men
(1980) King of The Mountain (1981) Love Streams (1984) Eye of the Tiger (1986) Beverly Hills Madam (1986) Tin Men
Tin Men
(1987) Plain Clothes (1988) Colors (1988) Track 29
Track 29
(1988) Wicked Stepmother
Wicked Stepmother
(1989) I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes, the Man and His Work (1989) Dick Tracy (1990) Cold Heaven (1991) White Fang (1991) In the Soup (1992) Honeymoon in Vegas
Honeymoon in Vegas
(1992) Boiling Point (1993) Indecent Proposal
Indecent Proposal
(1993) There Goes My Baby (1994) It Could Happen To You (1994) Chasers
Chasers
(1994), appearance as Master Chief Seymie Bogg Hand Gun (1994) Good Company (1996), TV series Dead Presidents
Dead Presidents
(1995) Tracey Takes On...
Tracey Takes On...
(1996) Trees Lounge
Trees Lounge
(1996) Dead Girl (1996) Dream for an Insomniac
Dream for an Insomniac
(1996) Slaughter of the Cock (1996) Cannes Man (1996) Obsession (1997, German TV) Motel Blue (1997) The Last Don
The Last Don
I & II (1997) Rushmore (1998) The Last Home Run (1998) The Crew (2000) Animal Factory
Animal Factory
(2000) Bartleby (2001) 61*
61*
(2001) The Royal Tenenbaums
The Royal Tenenbaums
(2001) The Burial Society (2002) Passionada
Passionada
(2002) Manna from Heaven (2002) Stealing Harvard
Stealing Harvard
(2002) Stuck on You (2003) The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
(2004) Thanksgiving (2004) Bittersweet Place (2005) Lonesome Jim
Lonesome Jim
(2005) Before It Had a Name (2005) The Wendell Baker Story
The Wendell Baker Story
(2005) Artie Lange's Beer League
Beer League
(2006) Heist (2006), TV series Big Heart City (2006) Postal (2007) Reach for Me
Reach for Me
(2008) Chasing 3000
Chasing 3000
(2008) Irene in Time
Irene in Time
(2009) Flight Of The Conchords (2009) Staten Island (2009) Pete Smalls Is Dead
Pete Smalls Is Dead
(2010) Silver Case
Silver Case
(2011), directed by Christian Filippella Freerunner (2011) The Call (2011), co-starring Ryan Newman Booster (2012) Lost Angeles (2012) Broken Kingdom (2012) The Secret Lives of Dorks (2013) Pride of Lions (2013) The Last Beat (2014)

References[edit]

^ "Seymour Cassel". The New York Times.  ^ " Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
Biography (1937-)". Filmreference.com.  ^ Riggs, Thomas. "Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 76". Google Books.  ^ "Seymous Cassel Biography". Hollywood.com. Retrieved 10 June 2016.  ^ Slash (autobiography) by Slash, 2007 ^ Roxborough, Scott (14 August 2012). " Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
Lends Name to Oldenburg Festival's Actor's Prize". The Hollywood
Hollywood
Reporter. Retrieved 26 September 2012.  ^ "National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA winners". Imdb.com. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
on IMDb Interview with the Palisadian-Post

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National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor

Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1967) Seymour Cassel
Seymour Cassel
(1968) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1969) Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George
(1970) Bruce Dern
Bruce Dern
(1971) Eddie Albert
Eddie Albert
/ Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1973) Holger Löwenadler
Holger Löwenadler
(1974) Henry Gibson
Henry Gibson
(1975) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Edward Fox (1977) Richard Farnsworth
Richard Farnsworth
/ Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1978) Frederic Forrest
Frederic Forrest
(1979) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1980) Robert Preston (1981) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) John Malkovich
John Malkovich
(1984) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1985) Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
(1986) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1987) Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell
(1988) Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges
(1989) Bruce Davison
Bruce Davison
(1990) Harvey Keitel
Harvey Keitel
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle
(1995) Martin Donovan
Martin Donovan
/ Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
(1996) Burt Reynolds
Burt Reynolds
(1997) Bill Murray
Bill Murray
(1998) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro
(2000) Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi
(2001) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(2002) Peter Sarsgaard
Peter Sarsgaard
(2003) Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church
(2004) Ed Harris
Ed Harris
(2005) Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg
(2006) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2007) Eddie Marsan
Eddie Marsan
(2008) Paul Schneider / Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2010) Albert Brooks
Albert Brooks
(2011) Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
(2012) James Franco
James Franco
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe
(2017)

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