Seymour Cassel, an actor with steady credits for over 60 years, died Sunday in L.A. of complications of Alzheimer's disease, Variety reports. He was 84.
Cassel was born January 22, 1935, in Detroit. He debuted in the John Cassavetes (1929-1989) film Shadows (1958), and would go on to work with the auteur many times, including in the 1968 film Faces, for which Cassel was Oscar-nominated.
Cassel acted alongside Cassavetes in Too Late Blues (1961) and The Webster Boy (1962), and was directed by him in an episode of The Lloyd Bridges Show (1962), Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) and Love Steams (1984).
He was also simpatico with Wes Anderson (b. 1969), in whose Rushmore (1998), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) he appeared.
Among many other credits, he acted in The Last Tycoon (1976), Convoy (1978), Tin Men (1987), Dick Tracy (1990), In the Soup (1992), Indecent Proposal (1993), It Could Happen to You (1994), Trees Lounge (1996), and on four seasons of Tracey Takes On ... (1996-1999).
Cassel is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.