Joe Seneca

Actor, Soundtrack, Composer

Actor, Soundtrack, Composer


Prior to his illustrious Hollywood and television careers, Joe Seneca (né Joel McGhee) belonged to a top flight singing group - The Three Riffs - that worked the better supper clubs in New York City. He was also a fine songwriter and had a big hit with "Talk to Me" sung by Little Willie John.
Birth date
1919-01-14
Death date
1996-08-15

Known For


The Blob
The Blob
Dr. Meddows (1988)
Crossroads
Crossroads
Willie Brown (1986)
Silverado
Silverado
Ezra (1985)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
ActorThe Longest Memory
(TV Movie) Whitechapel
1997
ActorA Time to Kill
Reverend Isaiah Street
1996
ActorChristy
(TV Series) Joseph Scott - Echoes (1995) ... Joseph Scott
1995
ActorSweet Justice
(TV Series) Vince Martin - Bloodlines (1995) ... Vince Martin
1995
ActorSeaQuest 2032
(TV Series) Professor Bingham - Alone (1995) ... Professor Bingham
1995
ActorBirdland
(TV Series) Titus / Titus Franklin - Lower Than the Angels (1994) ... Titus - Crazy for You (1994) ... Titus Franklin
1994
ActorThe Vernon Johns Story
(TV Movie) Deacon Wilkes
1994
ActorLaw & Order
(TV Series) Lionel Jackson - Profile (1993) ... Lionel Jackson
1993
ActorThe Saint of Fort Washington
Spits
1993
ActorMalcolm X
Toomer
1992
ActorMississippi Masala
Williben Williams
1991
ActorDoogie Howser, M.D.
(TV Series) Blind Otis Lemon - Doogie Sings the Blues (1990) ... Blind Otis Lemon
1990
ActorMo' Better Blues
Big Stop's Friend
1990
ActorChina Beach
(TV Series) Ernie - Skylark (1990) ... Ernie
1990
ActorIn the Heat of the Night
(TV Series) Rev. John Carter - Anniversary (1989) ... Rev. John Carter
1989
ActorMatlock
(TV Series) Eddie Haynes - The Blues Singer (1989) ... Eddie Haynes
1989
ActorTarzan in Manhattan
(TV Movie) Joseph
1989
ActorThe Equalizer
(TV Series) Fossil - 17 Zebra (1989) ... Fossil
1989
ActorA Man Called Hawk
(TV Series) Portait Voice - Hear No Evil (1989) ... Portait Voice
1989
ActorIt's Cool to Care
(Short)
1988
ActorErben des Fluchs
(TV Series) Hedley - The Voodoo Mambo (1988) ... Hedley
1988
ActorThe Blob
Dr. Meddows
1988
Actor227
(TV Series) Wailing Eddie Tompkins - Blues (1988) ... Wailing Eddie Tompkins
1988
ActorSchool Daze
President McPherson
1988
ActorMoments Without Proper Names1987
ActorMichael Jackson: The Way You Make Me Feel
(Video short) Old Man (uncredited)
1987
ActorMr. President
(TV Series) - He'll Have to Go (1987)
1987
ActorBig Shots
Ferryman
1987
ActorThe Golden Girls
(TV Series) Alvin Newcastle - Old Friends (1987) ... Alvin Newcastle
1987
ActorA Gathering of Old Men
(TV Movie) Clatoo
1987
ActorThe Cosby Show
(TV Series) Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes - Hillman (1987) ... Dr. Zachariah J. Hanes
1987
ActorThrob
(TV Series) Henry Bailey - An Oldie But Goodie (1987) ... Henry Bailey
1987
ActorSamaritan: The Mitch Snyder Story
(TV Movie) Reverend
1986
ActorCrossroads
Willie Brown
1986
ActorAmazing Stories
(TV Series) Ben Dumfy - Dorothy and Ben (1986) ... Ben Dumfy
1986
ActorSpenser: For Hire
(TV Series) Joe Adams - The Choice (1985) ... Joe Adams
1985
ActorSilverado
Ezra
1985
ActorHeart of the Garden1985
ActorThe House of Dies Drear
(TV Movie) Pluto
1984
ActorAmerican Playhouse
(TV Series) Noah - Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984) ... Noah
1984
ActorTerrible Joe Moran
(TV Movie) Pittsburgh Billy
1984
ActorThe Evil That Men Do
Santiago
1984
ActorThe Verdict
Dr. Thompson
1982
ActorThe Edge of Night
(TV Series) Skipper - Episode #1.6847 (1982) ... Skipper (credit only) - Episode #1.6846 (1982) ... Skipper - Episode #1.6845 (1982) ... Skipper - Episode #1.6844 (1982) ... Skipper
1982
ActorKramer vs. Kramer
Partygoer
1979
ActorThe Fish That Saved Pittsburgh
Mr. Sweets
1979
ActorNBC Special Treat
(TV Series) Smithers - The Rocking Chair Rebellion (1979) ... Smithers
1979
ActorThe Tenth Month
(TV Movie) Doorman
1979
ActorWilma
(TV Movie) Ed Rudolph
1977
ActorThe American Parade
(TV Mini-Series) - With All Deliberate Speed (1976)
1976
ActorThe Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Police Sergeant
1974
RoleTitleYear
SoundtrackChannel Zero
(TV Series) (writer - 1 episode) - Alice in Slaughterland (2018) ... (writer: "Break It to Me Gently")
2018
SoundtrackStar Search
(TV Series) (writer - 1 episode) - The One with Destiny's Child Member Kelly Rowland (2003) ... (writer: "Break It to Me Gently")
2003
SoundtrackTrees Lounge
(writer: "Break It to Me Gently")
1996
SoundtrackDoogie Howser, M.D.
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) - Doogie Sings the Blues (1990) ... (performer: "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just As Bad)", "Got My Mojo Working" - uncredited)
1990
SoundtrackMatlock
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) - The Blues Singer (1989) ... (performer: "The Midnight Special", "When Mother's Gone")
1989
SoundtrackDolly
(TV Series) (writer - 1 episode) - Episode #1.15 (1988) ... (writer: "Southern Nights/Break It To Me Gently/The Hand That Rocks the Cradle/Sweet Nothings/Rhinestone Cowboy/Fool #1/Wichita Lineman/Galveston/I'm Sorry/By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Dum Dum/Jambalaya Medley")
1988
SoundtrackCrossroads
(performer: "WILLIE BROWN BLUES") / (writer: "WILLIE BROWN BLUES")
1986
RoleTitleYear
ComposerJuice Newton: Break It to Me Gently
(Video short)
1982
RoleTitleYear
Additional CrewDog Day Afternoon
(voice - uncredited)
1975
RoleTitleYear
Self19th Annual NAACP Image Awards
(TV Special) Self - Presenter
1987
SelfThe Gentleman Bandit
(TV Movie) Self
1981
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageMaking a Mark
(Video documentary short) Self
2005
Archive footageEntertainment Tonight
(TV Series) Self - Dated 18 September 1986 (1986) ... Self
1986