, an Oscar-nominated longtime actor whose 200-plus screen credits include several John Cassavetes
movies and three for Wes Anderson
, died Sunday of Alzheimer’s complications in Los Angeles. He was 84.
Cassel scored a Supporting Actor Oscar nom for Cassavetes’ 1968 film Faces
, a role that also earned him a trophy from the National Society of Film Critics. He appeared in about a half-dozen of Cassavetes’ films and also acted opposite him in a few others. Anderson cast Cassel in his films The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004), The Royal Tenenbaums
(2001) and Rushmore
Cassel also was active in pre-merger SAG
politics, running for national president in 2007 and 2009.
Born on January 22, 1935, in Detroit, Cassel’s film debut was an uncredited role in Cassavetes’ Shadows (1958). We would co-star alongside the filmmaker-actor in the early-’60s movies The Webster Boy, Too Late Blues
— which Cassavetes also helmed — and The Killers
, which was Ronald Reagan
’s last movie.