Seymour Cassel

Actor, Director, Producer
A blond, often mustachioed, and scruffy character player best known as an integral member of John Cassavetes' informal clan of actors, Seymour Cassel received an early introduction to show business, traveling with a ... Read more »
Born: 01/22/1935 in Detroit, Michigan, USA


Actor (154)

Thanksgiving 2015 (Movie)


Beau Jest 2014 (Movie)

Abe Goldman (Actor)

Broken Kingdom 2014 (Movie)

Clayton (Actor)

Fort McCoy 2014 (Movie)

Father Mivkovek (Actor)

Hitters 2014 (Movie)


Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Not Dead Yet 2014 (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

The Biz 2014 (Movie)


Silver Case 2013 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)

The Secret Lives of Dorks 2013 (Movie)

Principal (Actor)

Freerunner 2012 (Movie)

Gramps (Actor)

Life Happens 2012 (Movie)

Pop Pop (Actor)

Booster 2011 (Movie)


Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 (Movie)


Crash 2009 (Tv Show)


Staten Island 2009 (Movie)

Jasper (Actor)

To Love & Die 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)


Postal 2008 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Reach for Me 2008 (Movie)

Alvin (Actor)

Big Heart City 2007 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

ER 2007 (Tv Show)


Hollywood Dreams 2007 (Movie)


Sea of Dreams 2007 (Movie)

Tomaso (Actor)

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Boyd Fullbright (Actor)

Artie Lange's Beer League 2006 (Movie)

Dirt (Actor)

Boston Public 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Chicago Hope 1996 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Heist 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Johnny 316 2006 (Movie)

Shop Owner (Actor)

Justice League Unlimited 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Lonesome Jim 2006 (Movie)

Don (Actor)

The Tenants 2006 (Movie)

Levenspiel (Actor)

Cosmic Radio 2005 (Movie)

Malcolm Stone (Actor)

Bittersweet Place 2004 (Movie)

Jack "Pappy" Schaffer (Actor)

The Burial Society 2004 (Movie)

Sam Goldberg (Actor)

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou 2004 (Movie)

Esteban du Plantier (Actor)

A Good Night to Die 2003 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Before it Had a Name 2003 (Movie)

Jeff (Actor)

Passionada 2003 (Movie)

Daniel Vargas (Actor)

Stuck on You 2003 (Movie)

Morty O'Reilly (Actor)

Arli$$ 2002 (Tv Show)


Bartleby 2002 (Movie)

Frank Waxman (Actor)

Manna From Heaven 2002 (Movie)

Stanley Stanley (Actor)

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Albert (Actor)

Stealing Harvard 2002 (Movie)

Uncle Jack (Actor)

The Sleepy Time Gal 2002 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

Dusty (Actor)

Anything For John 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)


Just One Night 2000 (Movie)


The Crew 2000 (Movie)

Tony 'Mouth' Donato (Actor)

Ballad of the Nightingale 1999 (Movie)


Black and White 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Hoods 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


Relax...It's Just Sex 1999 (Movie)

Emile Pillsbury (Actor)

Snapped 1999 (Movie)


Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)


Women of the Night 1999 (Movie)


Dream For an Insomniac 1998 (Movie)

Uncle Leo (Actor)

Kubanisch rauchen 1998 (Movie)

Dragan (Actor)

Rushmore 1998 (Movie)

Bert Fischer (Actor)

Sweet Underground 1998 (Movie)


Temps 1998 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Things I Never Told You 1998 (Movie)

Frank Henderson (Actor)

Cannes Man 1997 (Movie)

Sy (Actor)

Dead Girl 1997 (Movie)


Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Obsession 1997 (Movie)

Jacob Frischmuth (Actor)

Stingers 1997 (Movie)


The Treat 1997 (Movie)


This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 (Movie)

Detective Harris (Actor)

Mrs. Munck 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Tollbooth 1996 (Movie)

Larry/Leon (Actor)

Trees Lounge 1996 (Movie)

Uncle Al (Actor)

When Pigs Fly 1996 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Cameleone 1995 (Movie)

Francis (Actor)

Partners 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Slaughter of the Cock 1995 (Movie)


Under Suspicion 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Chasers 1994 (Movie)

Master Chief Bogg (Actor)

Dark Side of Genius 1994 (Movie)

Samuel Rourke (Actor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

It Could Happen to You 1994 (Movie)

Jack Gross (Actor)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

Ellis Brock (Actor)

There Goes My Baby 1994 (Movie)

Pop (Actor)

Boiling Point 1993 (Movie)

Leach (Actor)

Chain of Desire 1993 (Movie)

Mel (Actor)

Handgun 1993 (Movie)

Jack McCallister (Actor)

Indecent Proposal 1993 (Movie)

Mr Shackelford (Actor)

Adventures in Spying 1992 (Movie)

Ray Rucker (Actor)

American Standoff 1992 (Movie)


Bad Love 1992 (Movie)

Uncle Bud (Actor)

Cold Heaven 1992 (Movie)

Tom Farrelly (Actor)

Diary of a Hitman 1992 (Movie)

Koenig (Actor)

Honeymoon in Vegas 1992 (Movie)

Tony Cataracts (Actor)

In the Soup 1992 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Trouble Bound 1992 (Movie)

Santino (Actor)

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Father Bonotto (Actor)

White Fang 1991 (Movie)

Skunker (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Sam Catchem (Actor)

John Cassavetes 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Cold Dog Soup 1989 (Movie)

JoJo (Actor)

Wicked Stepmother 1989 (Movie)

Feldshine (Actor)

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Sullivan (Actor)

Johnny Be Good 1988 (Movie)

Wallace Gibson (Actor)

Plain Clothes 1988 (Movie)

Ed Malmburg (Actor)

Track 29 1988 (Movie)

Dr Bernard Fairmont (Actor)

Survival Game 1987 (Movie)

Dave Forrest (Actor)

Tin Men 1987 (Movie)

Cheese (Actor)

Eye of the Tiger 1986 (Movie)

Sheriff (Actor)

Love Streams 1984 (Movie)

Jack Lawson (Actor)

I Want to Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Angel on My Shoulder 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


King of the Mountain 1980 (Movie)

Barry Tanner (Actor)

California Dreaming 1979 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Death Game 1979 (Movie)

George Manning (Actor)

Opening Night 1979 (Movie)


Ravagers 1979 (Movie)

Blindman (Actor)

The Mountain Men 1979 (Movie)

La Bont (Actor)

Convoy 1978 (Movie)

Governor Haskins (Actor)

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

Dobbs (Actor)

Scott Joplin 1977 (Movie)

Dr Jaelki (Actor)

Valentino 1977 (Movie)

George Ullman (Actor)

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie 1976 (Movie)

Mort Weil (Actor)

Black Oak Conspiracy 1975 (Movie)

Homer Metcalf (Actor)

The Last Tycoon 1975 (Movie)


Minnie and Moskowitz 1971 (Movie)

Seymour Moskowitz (Actor)

The Revolutionary 1970 (Movie)

Leonard (Actor)

Coogan's Bluff 1968 (Movie)

Young Hood (Actor)

Faces 1968 (Movie)

Chet (Actor)

The Sweet Ride 1967 (Movie)

Surfer / Cyclist (Actor)

The Hanged Man 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)


The Hanged Man 1963 (Movie)

Bellboy (Actor)

The Killers 1963 (Movie)

Postal Clerk (Actor)

The Webster Boy 1962 (Movie)

Vic (Actor)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

Red (Actor)

Murder, Inc. 1960 (Movie)

Teenager (Actor)

Angel on My Shoulder (Movie)

Smiley Nitchell (Actor)

Animal Factory (TV Show)


Beverly Hills Madam (TV Show)


Blood Feud (TV Show)


Dead in the Water (TV Show)


Emma's Wish (TV Show)


Face of a Stranger (TV Show)


Good Company (TV Show)


Labor Pains (TV Show)


Nightside (TV Show)


Ray of Sunshine (Movie)


The Last Home Run (TV Show)


The Sky Is Green (Movie)

Paul (Actor)
Producer (1)

Shadows 1961 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)


A blond, often mustachioed, and scruffy character player best known as an integral member of John Cassavetes' informal clan of actors, Seymour Cassel received an early introduction to show business, traveling with a troupe of touring burlesque performers that included his mother. After living for several years in Panama, where his family owned a nightclub, he moved to NYC to pursue an acting career, studying with the American Theatre Wing and with Lee Strasberg's famed Actors Studio. Cassel met Cassavetes at the future director's 46th Street acting workshop in 1957, eventually teaching alongside him and serving as associate producer on Cassavetes' directorial debut, "Shadows" (1960). A versatile, engaging talent, Cassel made the first of seven appearances for Cassavetes in "Too Late Blues" (1961) and also acted three times under director Don Siegel. He first achieved prominence as an aging hippie street hustler who saves a middle-aged housewife (Lynn Carlin) from suicide in Cassavetes' "Faces" (1968), earning an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor. His largest role for Cassavetes came as yet another hippie opposite the director's wife Gena Rowlands in "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), a kitchen sink romantic comedy with roles galore for Cassel and Cassavetes family members.


Elsie Ames

appeared in "Minnie and Moscowitz" (1971) and "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974)

Elizabeth Deering

married c 1964 separated c 1983 acted in four films directed by John Cassavetes mother of Cassel's two children who appeared in "Minnie and Moskowitz"


studied with John Cassavetes at his West 46th Street acting workshop in 1957

Actors Studio

New York , New York
studied under Lee Strasberg

American Theatre Wing

New York , New York



Co-starred with brothers Luke and Owen Wilson in "The Wendell Baker Story," a film co-directed by Luke and Andrew Wilson


Co-starred in Steve Buscemi's "Lonesome Jim"


Cast in the Farrelly Brothers' comedy "Stuck on You"


Starred with John Corbett in the FX drama "Lucky" a dark comedy dealing with the lives and addictions of compulsive gamblers in Las Vegas


Played Uncle Jack in the comedy "Stealing Harvard"


Starred in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"


Portrayed Jason Schwartzman's barber father in Wes Anderson's "Rushmore"


Acted in CBS miniseries "Mario Puzo's The Last Don"


Appeared as Uncle Al in Buscemi's "Trees Lounge"


Was regular on the short-lived CBS series "The Cube"


TV series debut as a regular, "Under Suspicion" (CBS)


Reteamed with Bergman and Cage for "It Could Happen to You", portraying Jack Gross, a sly old slickster ready to help Cage and wife Rosie Perez plot their investment strategy


Played Robert Redford's chauffeur in Adrian Lyne's "Indecent Proposal"


Third collaboration with Roeg, "Cold Heaven"


Acclaimed for his scenery-chewing performance as a fast-talking hood opposite Steve Buscemi's aspiring filmmaker in Alexandre Rockwell's "In the Soup"


First association with Andrew Bergman as director, "Honeymoon in Vegas", starring Nicolas Cage


Portrayed Gabby Haysesque prospecting pal of Klaus Maria Brandauer in "White Fang", a remake of the Jack London novel (executive produced by Andrew Bergman)


Acted in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy"


Reteamed with Roeg for NBC movie, "Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth"


Offered a colorful supporting turn as Cheese, one the titular "Tin Men", directed by Barry Levinson


Appeared in Nicholas Roeg's "Track 27"


Last film with Cassavetes, "Love Streams"


Jailed for conspiracy to sell cocaine


Delivered a nice turn as one of the leads of "California Dreaming"


Played Governor Haskins in Sam Peckinpah's "Convoy"


Reunited with Cassavetes, opposite the director's wife Gena Rowlands in the kitchen-sink comedy "Minnie and Moskowitz"; played yet another aging hippie


Received Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his aging hippie who saves Lynn Carlin's character from suicide in Cassavetes' "Faces"


Reteamed with Siegel for "Coogan's Bluff"


TV-movie debut in Don Siegel's "The Hanged Man" (NBC)


Appeared with Cassavetes in Siegel's "The Killers"; also featured Ronald Reagan in his last screen role


First apppearance in a Cassavetes film, "Too Late Blues"


Served as associate producer on John Cassavetes directorial debut, "Shadows"


Film debut in "Murder, Inc."


Broadway debut, "The World of Suzy Wong"

After high school, appeared in summer stock productions in Michigan

Lived for several years in Panama where his family owned a nightclub

Acted in Cassavetes' "Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976) and "Opening Night" (1977)

As child, traveled with mother in a burlesque troupe

Bonus Trivia


Cassel's feature credits during the 90s number well over 30.


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