Seymour Joseph Cassel (born January 22, 1935) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor.
Cassel was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Pancretia Ann (née Kearney) and Seymour Joseph Cassel.
Cassel's early career was tied to fellow actor John Cassavetes. He made his movie debut in Cassavetes' first film, Shadows, on which he also served as associate producer. In 1961 he co-starred with Cassavetes in Too Late Blues and 1962's The Webster Boy. He also appeared in The Lloyd Bridges Show in an acclaimed episode "A Pair of Boots" directed by his friend Cassavetes. Cassel appeared on such popular programs as Twelve O'Clock High, Combat! and The F.B.I..
In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Chet in John Cassavetes's Faces. Cassel co-starred with Cassavetes in Nightside and A Very Special Place. He had supporting roles in three more Cassavetes films: Minnie and Moskowitz, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and Opening Night. Having also appeared in major Hollywood productions such as Dick Tracy and Indecent Proposal, Cassel has always been very supportive of the American independent film community, especially in the wake of