Seymour Cassel, the veteran actor who is known for his work with directors John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, died at the age of 84.
Cassel died Sunday in Los Angeles, Variety reported, adding that the actor has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease in recent years.
A long-standing actor with more than 200 credits on his resume, Cassel first appeared on the screen in the directing debut of Cassavetes in 1958 Shadows, with Cassel who is both an actor and crew member in the independent production.
The film was the first in an almost 30-year collaboration and friendship between Cassavetes and Cassel, which also appeared in the director's 1968 film faces – a role that has made Cassel the best nominator for the best actors academy prize, as well as from 1971 Minnie and Moskowitz, 1974 & # 39; s Killing a Chinese bookmaker and 1984 & # 39; s Love streams.
Cassel's career declined in the early 1980s following an arrest and six-month prison sentence for cocaine charges, but the actor continued to collect parts, including roles in 1988, in the next two decades colors, 1990 & # 39; s Dick Tracy, 1992 & # 39; s Honeymoon in Vegas and 1993 & # 39; s Indecent proposal.
"The character actors can have fun while the leading men think they should be this object. I mean that's boring," Cassel once said (via The Hollywood Reporter). "The pleasure is filling in a part and making it a bit crazy, because everyone is a bit crazy anyway."
It was Cassel's role in the 1992 indie film by Alexandre Rockwell In the Soup who put the actor on the radar of Wes Anderson, who casts Cassel as the father of Jason Schwartzmann's character in 1998 Rushmore. Cassel would appear in two more Anderson films, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. Cassel continued to appear in a handful of small roles until 2014.
As Rolling stone Contribution editor Rob Sheffield noted on Twitter, Guns N & # 39; Roses & # 39; Slash credited Cassel with coming up with the famous nickname of the guitarist born Saul Hudson & # 39; s; Hudson was a friend of Cassel's son Matt:
RIP Seymour Cassel, the man called Slash pic.twitter.com/8xUf91eeYA
– rob sheffield (@robsheff) April 8, 2019