Dan Seymour

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 (1942), To Have and Have Not (1944) and Key Largo (1948).

Dan Seymour
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Dan Seymour (left) and Pedro Regas in Tiger Fangs (1943)
Daniel Seymour Katz

(1915-02-22)February 22, 1915
DiedMay 25, 1993(1993-05-25) (aged 78)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Years active1940–1978
Evelyn Schwartz
(m. 1949)

He should not be confused with the Dan Seymour who was the announcer of Orson Welles' Halloween broadcast of The War of the Worlds and other radio programs.

Early lifeEdit

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.


Seymour worked in burlesque as a song-and-dance man and worked at night as an emcee in New York night clubs.[1] He moved to Hollywood, where his large build made him suitable casting for roles as dubious characters. After 16 months of dieting and swimming, his weight dropped to 244 pounds in 1946 having lost 100 pounds.[2]

He played Vichy French Captain Renard, in To Have and Have Not (1944), the adversary of Humphrey Bogart's character. In Key Largo (1948), he again played opposite Bogart as one of the henchmen of Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson). In the motion picture Mara Maru (1952), he played opposite Raymond Burr and Errol Flynn.

He later appeared in seven 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 performed on the radio anthology series Mollé Mystery Theatre and later on many television series. He acted in episodes 25 and 26 of Batman (1966) credited as "Dan Seymore".

Personal lifeEdit

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


On May 25, 1993, Seymour died two months after suffering a stroke in Santa Monica, California.[1][3] He was buried at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, California.

Partial filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b Oliver, Myrna (May 29, 1993). "Dan Seymour; Abdul the Arab in Casablanca". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Todd, John (May 20, 1946). "Hollywood Chatter". The Daily Times. Ohio, New Philadelphia. International News Service. p. 2. Retrieved May 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  
  3. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 110. ISBN 9780786450190. Retrieved 7 April 2017.

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