Seymour Cassel, star of numerous Wes Anderson films, has died


Seymour Cassel, an American actor and favourite of John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, has died at the age of 84.

According to Variety, Cassel died on Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who went on to appear in Cassavetes’ Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977), and Love Streams (1984), became a well respected actor across Hollywood.

Later in his career Cassel enjoyed a resurgence and was frequently cast in Wes Anderson’s films. First, Cassel appeared in 1998 film Rushmore, and then in The Royal Tenenbaums in 2001 before finally appearing in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou in 2004.

Much celebrated across his life, Cassel was won the National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Faces and was twice a candidate for national president of the Screen Actors Guild.