Dan Seymour

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Dan Seymour
Born Daniel Seymour Katz
(1915-02-22)February 22, 1915
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died May 25, 1993(1993-05-25) (aged 78)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1940–1978
Spouse(s) Evelyn Schwartz (m. 1949–93) his death

Dan Seymour (February 22, 1915 – May 25, 1993) was an American character actor who frequently played villains in Warner Bros. films. He appeared in several Humphrey Bogart films, including Casablanca, Key Largo, and To Have and Have Not.

He should not be confused with Dan Seymour, the announcer of Orson Welles' famous broadcast of The War of the Worlds and various other radio programs.

Early life[edit]

Dan Seymour (left) and Pedro Regas in the Frank Buck film Tiger Fangs (1943)

He was born Daniel Seymour Katz in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Senn High School in Chicago and graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. in Fine Arts.


While in college, he worked in many school plays and also worked at night as an emcee at various Chicago night clubs, becoming quite successful. He moved to Hollywood, where his rotund build (265 lb or 120 kg) and swarthy looks made him perfect for a Hollywood villain. He played Humphrey Bogart's character's enemy, Vichy French Captain Renard, in To Have and Have Not. In the 1952 movie Mara Maru, he played opposite Raymond Burr and Errol Flynn whose character was named Mason. He later appeared in 7 episodes of Perry Mason, which starred Burr; the episodes spanned the entire nine-year run of the popular series. During the first season in 1957 he played Harry Marlow in "The Case of the Silent Partner." In the final season in 1965 he played Nappy Tyler in "The Case of the Carefree Coronary." He made four appearances in The Untouchables, and three on Adventures of Superman. He also appeared on Molle Mystery Theater and many other television series. In 1966 acted in episodes 25 and 26 of Batman ( credited Dan Seymore).

Selected filmography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

He married Evelyn Schwartz in 1949. They had two children: Jeff, born in 1950, and Greg, born in 1954.

Dan Seymour died of a stroke in 1993.[1]


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