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Joe Seneca (January 14, 1919 – August 15, 1996) was an American film and television actor who had a lengthy Hollywood career, portraying bit parts in many major films and television sitcoms spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Seneca was born Joel McGhee in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his Hollywood career, Seneca belonged to the R&B singing group "The Three Riffs", performing at upscale supper clubs in New York City. He was also a songwriter and had big hits with "Talk to Me" which was sung by Little Willie John and "Break It to Me Gently", which was a smash twice, once by Brenda Lee in 1962, and once by Juice Newton in 1982. His song "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" was recorded by Ike & Tina Turner, Manfred Mann and The Spencer Davis Group.

Arguably his most well-known roles are that of bluesman Willie Brown in Crossroads and Dr. Meddows in The Blob, the evil head of a government team sent to contain the title creature.

Seneca also made multiple appearances on The Cosby Show as Hillman President Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes. He also played Alvin Newcastle [1]on an episode of The Golden Girls entitled "Old Friends."

Joe appeared in Spike Lee's "School Daze" as the Mission College President McPherson in 1988.

Joe appeared on Matlock: The Blues Singer Episode May 9, 1989.

Joe also appeared in Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" Music Video In the late 80's.

He died from asthma at the age of 77.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Joe Seneca, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Joe Seneca (January 14, 1919 – August 15, 1996) was an American film and television actor who had a lengthy Hollywood career, portraying bit parts in many major films and television sitcoms spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Seneca was born Joel McGhee in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his Hollywood career, Seneca belonged to the R&B singing group "The Three Riffs", performing at upscale supper clubs in New York City. He was also a songwriter and had big hits with "Talk to Me" which was sung by Little Willie John and "Break It to Me Gently", which was a smash twice, once by Brenda Lee in 1962, and once by Juice Newton in 1982. His song "It's Gonna Work Out Fine" was recorded by Ike & Tina Turner, Manfred Mann and The Spencer Davis Group.

Arguably his most well-known roles are that of bluesman Willie Brown in Crossroads and Dr. Meddows in The Blob, the evil head of a government team sent to contain the title creature.

Seneca also made multiple appearances on The Cosby Show as Hillman President Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes. He also played Alvin Newcastle [1]on an episode of The Golden Girls entitled "Old Friends."

Joe appeared in Spike Lee's "School Daze" as the Mission College President McPherson in 1988.

Joe appeared on Matlock: The Blues Singer Episode May 9, 1989.

Joe also appeared in Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" Music Video In the late 80's.

He died from asthma at the age of 77.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Joe Seneca, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 30

Birthday 1919-01-14

Day of Death 1996-08-15

Place of Birth Cleveland, Ohio, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

1996 A Time to Kill as Reverend Isaiah Street
1994 Christy (1 episode)
1994 seaQuest DSV (1 episode) as Professor Bingham
1994 The Vernon Johns Story as Deacon Wilkes
1992 Malcolm X as Toomer
1991 Mississippi Masala as Williben Williams
1990 Law & Order (1 episode) as Lionel Jackson
1989 Doogie Howser, M.D. (1 episode)
1988 The Blob as Dr. Meddows
1988 China Beach (1 episode)
1988 School Daze as President McPherson
1987 Friday the 13th (1 episode)
1987 A Gathering of Old Men as Clatoo
1986 Throb (1 episode)
1986 Samaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story as Reverend
1986 Crossroads as Willie Brown
1986 Matlock (1 episode)
1985 Spenser: For Hire (1 episode)
1985 The Equalizer (1 episode)
1985 227 (1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls (1 episode)
1985 Silverado as Ezra
1984 The Cosby Show (1 episode)
1984 The House of Dies Drear as Pluto
1984 The Evil That Men Do as Santiago
1982 The Verdict as Dr. Thompson
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer as Partygoer
1979 The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh as Mr. Sweets
1977 Wilma as Ed Rudolph
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three as Police Sergeant

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