Oscar Nominated Actor Passes Away After Battling Alzheimer's, Family Grieving Their Loss

April 09, 2019Apr 09, 2019

Oscar Award-nominated actor Seymour Cassel has sadly passed away, reported Fox News. The prolific, who received an Academy Award nomination for “Faces,” died on Sunday in Los Angeles.

The actor, who also appeared in Wes Anderson films including “Rushmore,” died as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 84.

Cassel was best known as an independent film actor. He had multiple roles in films directed by John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson. He had his first role in Cassavetes' first film in 1958.

He continued to work extensively with Cassavetes. He co-starred with Cassavetes in “Too Late Blues” and “The Webster Boy” and appeared on “The Lloyd Bridges Show” in the episode “A Pair of Boots” directed by Cassavetes.

His other early TV credits included “Twelve O’Clock High,” “Combat!,” “The F.B.I.” and “Batman” in the episode “A Piece of the Action.”

In 1968, Cassel was nominated for the Academy Award for supporting actor for his role as Chet in Cassavetes’s film “Faces.” In addition to that honor, he also won a National Society of Film Critics Award for the performance.

"Other feature film credits include “Dick Tracy,” “Tin Men,” “The Last Tycoon,” “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Convoy,” “Indecent Proposal” as Robert Redford’s chauffeur and Steve Buscemi’s directorial debut “Trees Lounge.” He also starred in Buscemi’s “Animal Factory” and “Lonesome Jim.” Cassel appeared for four seasons in “Tracey Takes On…," reported Fox.

He is survived by his three children, Lisa Papciak, Matthew Cassel and Dilyn Cassel Murphy, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Please pray for his family as they mourn their loss. May God give them peace and comfort.