Seymour Cassel died on 4/7/19 in Los Angeles, California due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease according to his family.
The Detroit native moved to New York in the 1950’s to pursue an acting career. He received his big break from American independent film trailblazer John Cassavetes starting in 1959 with an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ first film as a director, “Shadows”. They would work together on five more films: “Faces” (1968), “Minnie and Moskowitz” (1971), “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” (1976), “Opening Night” (1977), and “Love Streams”(1984).
He was the leading man in 1977’s “Death Game” as the seduced married man who quickly becomes a tormented victim at the hands of Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp. The movie was remade by Eli Roth in 2015 under the title “Knock, Knock” starring Keanu Reeves.
In 1986, Cassel appeared as the crooked sheriff in the ultra violent and over the top bloodbath, “Eye of the Tiger” starring Gary Busey, William Smith, and Yaphet Kotto. Like many movies of that era, it was another “Death Wish” and “Rolling Thunder” ripoff, but with the gore amped-up several levels.
By the 1990s, and into the 2000s, he would return to his indie spirit roots supporting roles and cameos for directors Wes Anderson and Steve Buscemi
He was the lead in Levar Burton’s sentimental fare “Reach for Me” in 2008 playing a bitter and dying man trying to make amends with the time he has left. Scream queen Adrianne Barbeau co-starred.