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Seymour Cassel
Born Seymour Joseph Cassel
January 22, 1935 (1935-01-22) (age 74)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1959–present

Seymour Joseph Cassel (born January 22, 1935) is an American actor.

Cassel was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Pancretia Ann (née Kearney) and Seymour Joseph Cassel.[1]

Cassel's early career was tied to fellow actor John Cassavetes. 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 and 1962's The Webster Boy. He also appeared in The Lloyd Bridges Show in an acclaimed episode "A Pair of Boots" directed by his friend Cassavetes. Cassel appeared on such popular programs as Twelve O'Clock High, Combat! and The F.B.I..

In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chet in John Cassavetes's Faces. Other collaborations with Cassavetes included a starring role with 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 also appeared in major Hollywood productions such as Dick Tracy and Indecent Proposal, Cassel has always been very supportive of the American independent film community, especially in the wake of Cassavetes' death. Cassel had a small role in Steve Buscemi's directorial debut Trees Lounge and appeared in three films by Wes Anderson: Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic. Cassel, appeared for four seasons in comedian, Tracey Ullman's hit television series, Tracey Takes On....

Seymour Cassel in 1995.

In 2006, he co-starred in the NBC TV series, Heist. In September 2007, Cassell 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 the 2007 Biography Slash, the former Guns N' Roses guitarist Saul Hudson and friend of Cassel's son, credited Cassel with giving him the nickname "Slash" because he was always on the go zipping from one place to another and never sitting still.

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