Cassell, Seymour

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Seymour Cassell was another of those familiar faces to viewers when he appeared as Lt. Cmdr. Hester Dealt to help open TNG’s second season with “The Child.” Cassell, a Detroit native born in 1935, rose to movie fame as one of the regulars in the 1960s indie films of writer-director John Cassavettes. It was Cassavettes’ 1968 film Faces that won him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His familiar craggy looks and sometime walrus mustache graced major film credits including Tin Men, Dick Tracy, Indecent Proposal, Wes Andersons’ independent films, and several seasons on comedian Tracey Ullman’s hit series Tracey Takes On.