LOS ANGELES – Actor Seymour Cassel, known to have been a faithful collaborator of filmmakers John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died aged 84, his son Matt told the media specialist The Hollywood Reporter.
The interpreter, who suffered from Alzheimer’s, died Sunday in Los Angeles.
Beyond the performance, Cassel is known in the world of music for having invented the nickname of “Slash” for guitarist Saul Hudson, by its original name, of the famous rock group Guns N ‘Roses.
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Faces” (1968), Cassel participated in that and other films by acclaimed cult director John Cassavetes as “Shadows” (1959), “Too Late Blues” (1961) “Minnie and Moskowitz “(1971) or” The Killing of a Chinese Bookie “(1976).
Another director who frequently signed the actor was the director Wes Anderson, one of the names in capitals of contemporary cinema.
Thus, Cassel participated in the cast of the films “Rushmore” (1998), “The Royal Tenenbaums” (2001) and “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou” (2004).
The long and varied filmography of the deceased interpreter also includes other films such as “Dick Tracy” (1990), “In the Soup” (1992) and “Indecent Proposal” (1993).
Cassel was born in Detroit in 1935, although he lived much of his childhood in New York.
The veteran actor went through some dark moments throughout his life.
Cassel had problems with addiction to alcohol and drugs and in 1981 he was sentenced to six months in prison for possession and attempted distribution of cocaine.
In addition, in 2009 he was suspended for two years by the United States Actors Union (SAG) for allegedly harassing three women who worked in this organization.
The actor, who denied this accusation, was twice a candidate to lead this union, but in none of them was elected the winner. (EFEUSA)