Joe Seneca Biography ((?)-1996)

Born in Cleveland, OH; died of coronary arrest following an asthma attack, August 15, 1996, on Roosevelt Island, NY; married; wife's name, Betty. Addresses: Agent--Dulcina Eisen Associates, 154 East 61st St., New York, NY 10021.

Nationality
American
Death Details
August 15, 1996
Roosevelt Island, New York, United States

Famous Works

  • Credits; Stage Appearances
  • Crooks, Of Mice and Men, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1974.
  • Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, then Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, both 1976.
  • Sizwe Banzi Is Dead and Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act (double-bill), George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, NJ, 1978.
  • Peter, Les Blancs, AMDA Studio One, New York City, 1980.
  • Cal, The Little Foxes, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, then Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, both 1981.
  • Dodd's father and headwaiter, Rhinestone, Richard Allen Center, New YorkCity, 1982.
  • Cutler, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, CT,then Cort Theatre, New York City, both 1984.
  • Credits; Film Appearances
  • Partygoer, Kramer vs. Kramer, Columbia, 1979.
  • Dr. Thompson, The Verdict, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.
  • Santiago, The Evil That Men Do, TriStar, 1984.
  • Ezra, Silverado, Columbia, 1985.
  • Nimrod, Heart of the Garden, Roland, 1985.
  • Willie Brown, Crossroads, Columbia, 1986.
  • Ferryman, Big Shots, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987.
  • Dr. Meddows, The Blob, TriStar, 1988.
  • President McPherson, School Daze, Columbia, 1988.
  • Big Stop's friend, Mo' Better Blues, Universal, 1990.
  • Toomer, Malcolm X, Warner Bros., 1992.
  • Williben, Mississippi Masala, Samuel Goldwyn, 1992.
  • Spits, The Saint of Fort Washington, Warner Bros., 1993.
  • Birdland, 1994.
  • Reverend Isaiah Street, A Time to Kill, Warner Bros., 1996.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Series
  • Titus Franklin, Birdland, ABC, 1994.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
  • Joe Adams, Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1985.
  • "Solomon Northup's Odyssey," American Playhouse, PBS, 1985.
  • Ben Dumfy, "Dorothy and Son," Amazing Stories, NBC, 1986.
  • Alvin, The Golden Girls, NBC, 1987.
  • Dr. Haynes, The Cosby Show, NBC, 1987.
  • Victor, Mr. President, Fox, 1987.
  • "17 Zebra," The Equalizer, CBS, 1988.
  • Wailing Eddie "T" Thompson, 227, NBC, 1988.
  • "Skylark," China Beach, ABC, 1989.
  • Eddie "Cougar" Haynes, Matlock, NBC, 1989.
  • Fossil, The Equalizer, CBS, 1989.
  • Portrait voice, A Man Called Hawk, ABC, 1989.
  • "Profile," Law and Order, NBC, 1993.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Movies
  • Ed Rudolph, Wilma (also known as The Wilma Rudolph Story), NBC, 1977.
  • Doorman, The Tenth Month, CBS, 1979.
  • The Gentleman Bandit, 1981.
  • Boxer, Terrible Joe Moran, CBS, 1984.
  • Reverend Keys, Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story, CBS, 1986.
  • Clatoo, A Gathering of Old Men, CBS, 1987.
  • Joseph, Tarzan in Manhattan (also known as Tarzan in New York and Tarzanof Manhattan), CBS, 1989.
  • Deacon Wilkes, The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story, syndicated, 1994.
  • The Longest Memory, [England], forthcoming.
  • Also appeared in The House of Dies Drear.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
  • Levi Pearson, With All Deliberate Speed, CBS, 1976.
  • Gordon Parks: Moments without Proper Names, PBS, 1988.
  • Credits; Television Appearances; Awards Presentations
  • The 19th Annual NAACP Image Awards, NBC, 1987.
  • Writings;For Film
  • (With Ry Cooder) Composer, "Willie Brown Blues" (song), Crossroads, Columbia, 1986.
  • Writings; For Television Series
  • (With others) Sesame Street, PBS, 1970-73.

Further Reference

Obituaries:

  • Chicago Tribune, August 18, 1996, section 4, p. 6.
  • New York Times, August 17, 1996, p. 26.
  • Washington Post, August 18, 1996, p. B4.

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