Seymour Cassel, the veteran character actor who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as the hippie swinger Chet in John Cassavetes’ Faces (1968), studied acting at the American Theatre Wing and at the Actors Studio. He made his movie debut in Cassavetes’ first film, Shadows (1959), on which he also served as associate producer.Cassel’s early career was tied to Cassavetes, who himself had a flourishing career as an actor on television and in major Hollywood productions in addition to becoming, arguably, the first great independent movie director after the collapse of the studio system in the late 1950s/early 1960s. As for Cassel, after his uncredited role in “Shadows,” he co-starred with Cassavetes in The Webster Boy (1962) and Too Late Blues (1961) before winding up in support of his friend in Don Siegel’s The Killers(1964), a movie shot for TV that had to be released theatrically due to its heightened violence (it was also Ronald Reagan’s last movie). Cassel primarily made his living on TV in the 1960s, frequently typecast as beatniks and hippies. He had a supporting role in the Cassavetes-directed episode “A Pair of Boots” (1962) for The Lloyd Bridges Show(1962) as well as appearing on such popular programs as 12 O’Clock High (1964),Combat! (1962) and The F.B.I. (1965) before scoring with his aging hippie in “Faces” at the end of that tumultuous decade.As their careers matured, Cassel also co-starred with Cassavetes in two TV movies,Nightside (1973) and Nightside (1973) and appeared in supporting roles in three more Cassavetes-directed films: The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Opening Night (1977) and Love Streams (1984).