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Character actor Seymour Cassel once said that if he liked the script, he'd appear in any indie film for the price of the plane fare -- an attitude that's endeared him to directors and ensured a long career in independent and big-studio productions.

Born Jan. 22, 1935, in Detroit, Cassel got an early introduction to showbiz by traveling with his mother's vaudeville troupe. Moving to New York City as a young adult to study acting, Cassel debuted on Broadway in 1958's "The World of Suzie Wong." He also began a lengthy collaboration with maverick director John Cassavetes, a pairing that resulted in seven movies and an Oscar nod for Cassel's supporting performance in 1968's Faces.

Among Cassel's other memorable films are Disney's White Fang (1991), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), It Could Happen to You (1994), Trees Lounge (1996), Rushmore (1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).

Seymour Cassel in The Royal Tenenbaums

The Royal Tenenbaums

2001 R

The early promise of Tenenbaum child prodigies Chas, Margot and Richie is short-circuited by the flaws of their father, family patriarch Royal, in Wes Anderson's New York fairy tale about a dysfunctional clan of eccentrics.

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