Joe Seneca

Birthday: Jan 14, 1919
Birthplace: Not Available
Black character actor Joe Seneca almost always brought a sense of dignity and social consciousness to his roles. Born and raised in Cleveland, OH, he began performing with the Three Riffs song and dance trio. Early in his career, he penned songs such as "Break It to Me Gently" (co-written with Diane Lampert) and "Talk to Me." In 1981, Seneca made his Broadway debut in The Little Foxes with Elizabeth Taylor. He made his feature film debut seven years prior in The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 (1974). Seneca has also appeared frequently on television on programs like The Cosby Show and in dramatic specials such as A Gathering of Old Men (1987). Seneca died on August 15, 1996, during an asthma attack while in his Roosevelt Island, NY, home.

Highest Rated Movies



65% A Time to Kill Reverend Isaiah Street 1996
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story Deacon Wilkes 1994
80% The Saint of Fort Washington Spits 1993
88% Malcolm X Toomer 1992
81% Mississippi Masala Williben 1991
No Score Yet Gordon Parks: "Visions" Actor 1991
73% Mo' Better Blues Big Stop's Friend 1990
No Score Yet Tarzan in Manhattan Actor 1989
57% The Blob Dr. Meddows 1988
59% School Daze President McPherson 1988
No Score Yet Big Shots Ferryman 1987
No Score Yet A Gathering of Old Men (Murder on the Bayou) Clatoo 1987
No Score Yet Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story Reverend 1986
73% Crossroads Willie Brown 1986
77% Silverado Ezra $33.3M 1985
40% The Evil That Men Do Santiago 1984
No Score Yet Solomon Northup's Odyssey Actor 1984
No Score Yet House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
No Score Yet The House of Dies Drear Actor 1984
96% The Verdict Dr. Thompson 1982
91% Kramer vs. Kramer Partygoer 1979
No Score Yet The Tenth Month Actor 1979
No Score Yet Wilma Actor 1977
100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Police Sergeant 1974


No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
Henry Jackson
  • 1993
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
Blind Otis Lemon
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Equalizer
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
  • 1987