Published Apr 08, 2019Veteran actor Seymour Cassel has passed away at the age of 84. Best known for myriad roles in films from John Cassavetes and Wes Anderson, he led a long and fascinating life that also touched on the realm of rock'n'roll.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cassel died due to complications from Alzheimer's disease.
Cassel's first collaboration with Cassavetes was 1959's Shadows. He continued to work with the director for decades, appearing in numerous films and earning an Oscar nom for his appearance in 1968's Faces.
More recently, he appeared in three classic Wes Anderson films, playing parts in Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Other fascinating footnotes from his lengthy career include the integral role he played in the rock band Guns N' Roses. His son, Matt, is friends with a guitarist Saul Hudson, and Seymour would go on to give Saul the nickname "Slash."
"Basically, he says it was because I was always in a hurry and I was always scheming, always hustling," Slash said, according to The Hollywood Reporter.