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Joe Seneca



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
67% A Time to Kill
  • Reverend Isaiah Street
1996
No Score Yet The Vernon Johns Story
  • Deacon Wilkes
1994
78% The Saint of Fort Washington
  • Spits
1993
91% Malcolm X
  • Toomer
1992
80% 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
61% The Blob
  • Dr. Meddows
1988
60% 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
79% Crossroads
  • Willie Brown
1986
76% Silverado
  • Ezra
1985
No Score Yet 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
88% 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
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Henry Jackson

Quotes from Joe Seneca's Characters