Joe Seneca

Joe Seneca

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% The Evil That Men Do (1984)
  • 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

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

66% 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
63% The Blob Dr. Meddows 1988
61% 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
76% 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
93% 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

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

82% Christy
1994-1995
Joseph Scott
  • 1995
No Score Yet seaQuest DSV
1993-1996
Bingham
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Henry Jackson
  • 1993
No Score Yet Doogie Howser, M.D.
1989-1993
Blind Otis Lemon
  • 1990
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Fossil
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Guest
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM Joe Seneca CHARACTERS

Eugene Martone
Hey, Willie, look at this hat. All I need is a Mississippi string tie and I'm ready to roll!
Willie Brown
Yeah, you need a lot more than THAT.
Willie Brown
You can't get enough mileage livin' at home with your momma wipin' your butt.
Willie Brown
Where do you live?
Eugene Martone
It's a school dormitory.
Willie Brown
(sarcastically) Ooh, school dormitory. Oh, times are hard. Times are hard!
Willie Brown
Meet Blind Dog Fulton. The one and only Willie Brown. You have found your man!
Eugene Martone
Aw, this GREAT, this is great! Listen, I know that I'm not Robert Johnson, I...
Willie Brown
(interrupting) No, you AIN'T. You ain't even the beginnin' of a pimple on the "Late Great" Robert Johnson's ass! You might have a little lightnin' in you, but you're missin' everything else.
Willie Brown
Why do you wanna know about all this stuff?
Eugene Martone
I'm a blues man.
Willie Brown
A blues man?
Willie Brown
(starts laughing)
Willie Brown
Where you from, boy?
Eugene Martone
Well, I was born in Long Island.
Willie Brown
Oh, Long Island, aww shit, this is rich! Long Island: the famous 'breedin' ground' for blues men!
Willie Brown
(laughing almost hysterically)
Willie Brown
Lots of towns... Lots of songs... Lots of women... Good times... Bad times... Only thing that I wanted anyone to say is... 'He could really play... He was good'.
Eugene Martone
I'm a blues man!
Willie Brown
Blues man shit.
Willie Brown
They find out I can walk, they take away my Pontiac!
Willie Brown
Okay, Mr. Janitor Man. What do you want? I ain't made no mess.
Eugene Martone
Willie Brown?
Willie Brown
That's my name.
Willie Brown
Oh, shit. Here we go, little soul from the golden ghetto.
Willie Brown
Oh, so the famous long island blues man come back for another visit, huh?
Eugene Martone
I have somethin' that I think you'll be interested in.
Willie Brown
Lots of towns... Lots of songs... Lots of women... Good times... Bad times... Only thing I wanted anyone to say is... 'He could really play... He was good'.
Willie Brown
The blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad, thinkin' 'bout the woman he once was with.
Willie Brown
Where I come from, you don't blow no harp, you don't get no pussy.
Dr. Meddows
I want that organism alive!
Dr. Meddows
I want that organism alive.
1st White Suit/ Scientist
What about the civilians?
Dr. Meddows
They're expendable.
Brian Flagg
In the meantime, we're your prisoners?
Dr. Meddows
Not at all, you're my patients.
Brian Flagg
Listen to me, Briggs; think for a minute, do you suppose an army of guys in plastic suits show up every time a meteor falls?
Dr. Meddows
(about Brian) - Shoot him, that's a direct order!
Dr. Meddows
(about Brian) Shoot him, that's a direct order!
Brian Flagg
How do you think they got here so fast? How did they even know when to come?
Dr. Meddows
Shoot dammit shoot!
Brian Flagg
I'll tell you how! That meteor is man-made! It's some kind of a germ warfare test they fu**ed up!
Jennings
Dr. Meadows, just for the record, I don't agree with any of this. Those people's lives are at stake.
Dr. Meddows
Don't you think I know that? This isn't one of you text-book exercises, Mr. Jennings. This is an experiment in biological warfare, or hadn't you noticed? That organism is potentially the greatest breakthrough in weapons research since man split the atom. What we do here will affect the balance of world power! Of course there are lives at stake - whole nations, in fact. And that's far more important than a handful of people in this small town. And that is my cross to bear, Mr. Jennings. Now carry out your orders.
Dr. Meddows
Don't you think I know that? This isn't one of you text-book exercises, Mr. Jennings. This is an experiment in biological warfare, or hadn't you noticed? That organism is potentially the greatest breakthrough in weapons research since man split the atom. What we do here will affect the balance of world power! Of course there are lives at stake, a whole nations, in fact. And that's far more important than a handful of people in this small town. And that is my cross to bear, Mr. Jennings. Now carry out your orders.