John Cassavetes

Film Director / Screenwriter / Actor / Film Producer / Writer / Character Actor / Author | * 12/09/1929 († 59, 02/03/1989) | New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
John Nicholas Cassavetes ( KASS-ə-VET-eez; Greek: Ιωάννης Νικόλαος Κασσαβέτης, romanized: Ioánnis Nikólaos Kassavétis; December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter. First known as an actor on television and in film, Cassavetes also became a pioneer of American independent cinema, writing and directing movies financed in part with income from his acting work. AllMovie called him "an iconoclastic maverick," while The New Yorker suggested that he "may be the most influential American director of the last half century." As an actor, Cassavetes starred in notable Hollywood films throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including Edge of the City (1957), The Dirty Dozen (1967), and Rosemary's Baby (1968). He began his directing career with the 1959 independent feature Shadows and followed with independent productions such as Faces... ()
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John Nicholas Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he partially self-financed, and pioneered the use of improvisation and a realistic cinéma vérité style. He also acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). He studied acting with Don Richardson, using an acting technique based on muscle memory. By 1956, Cassavetes had begun teaching an alternative to method acting in his own workshop in New York City. An improvisation exercise in his workshop inspired the idea for his writing and directorial debut, Shadows. Cassavetes raised the funds for the production from friends and family, as well as listeners to Jean Shepherd's late-night radio talk-show Night People. His stated purpose was to make a film about little people, different from Hollywood studio productions.Cassavetes was unable to gain American distribution of Shadows, but it won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival. European distributors later released the movie in the US as an import. With payment for his work on television, as well as a handful of film acting jobs, he was able to relocate to California and to make his subsequent films independent of any studio, as Shadows had been. Faces (1968) was the second film to be both directed and independently financed by Cassavetes. The film starring his wife Gena Rowlands, whom he had married during his struggling actor days, depicts the slow disintegration of a marriage. Faces was nominated for three Academy Awards. Around this time, Cassavetes formed "Faces International" as a distribution company to handle his films.In 1970, Cassavetes directed and acted in Husbands, with Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara. They played a trio of married men on a spree in New York and London after the funeral of one of their best friends. Cassavetes stated this was a personal film for him; his older brother died at the age of 30.Minnie and Moskowitz (1971), about two unlikely lovers, featured Rowlands with Seymour Cassel. A Woman Under the Influence (1974) stars Rowlands as an increasingly troubled housewife. Rowlands received an Academy Award nomination, while Cassavetes was nominated for Best Director. In The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), Ben Gazzara plays a small-time strip-club owner with a gambling habit, pressured by mobsters to commit a murder to pay off his debt. Opening Night (1977) Rowlands portrays an aging film star working in the theater and suffering a personal crisis. Cassavetes directed the film Gloria (1980), featuring Rowlands as a Mob moll who tries to protect an orphan boy. Rowlands earned another Best Actress nomination for it. After receiving the prognosis from his doctor that he had six months to live, Cassavetes made Love Streams (1984), which featured him as an aging playboy. It won the Golden Bear at the 34th Berlinale. Cassavetes died on February 3, 1989, at the age of 59. By then, he had amassed a collection of more than forty unproduced screenplays, as well as a novel, Husbands.The New Yorker wrote that Cassavetes "may be the most influential American director of the last half century".Description from the Wikipedia article John Cassavetes, licensed under CC-BY-SA.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Crime | Comedies

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Awards & Nominations for John Cassavetes

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay

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Movies with John Cassavetes as Actor(50)

as Himself (archive footage)2019 Gena Rowlands: A Life on Film
as himself2006 Operation Dirty Dozen
as (archive footage)1993 Anything for John
as Marvin1985 Marvin & Tige
as Guy Woodhouse (archive footage) (uncredited)1984 Terror in the Aisles
as himself1984 Fräulein Berlin
as Robert Harmon1984 Love Streams
as Dr. Sam Cordell1982 The Incubus
as Music Industry Executive1982 The Haircut
as Phillip Dimitrius1982 Tempest
as Dr. Michael Emerson1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway?
as Gus Caputo1979 Flesh & Blood
as Maj. Joe De Lucca1978 Brass Target
as Ben Childress1978 The Fury
as VA Doctor1977 Heroes
as Maurice Aarons1977 Opening Night
as Sgt. Chris Button1976 Two-Minute Warning
as Nicky Godalin1976 Mikey and Nicky
as Frankie Yale1975 Capone
as Carmine Kelly1973 Nightside
as Alex Benedict1972 Columbo: Étude in Black
as Gus Demetri1970 Husbands
as Hank McCain1969 Machine Gun McCain
as Guy Woodhouse1968 Rosemary's Baby
as Mario Corda1968 Bandits in Rome
as Karonos1968 Alexander The Great
as Cody1967 Devil's Angels
as Victor Franko1967 The Dirty Dozen
as Johnny North1964 The Killers
as Vance Miller1962 The Webster Boy
as Pedestrian (uncredited)1959 Shadows
as Evan1959 Virgin Island
as Tony Sinclair1958 Saddle the Wind
as Axel Nordmann1957 Edge of the City
as Nick Douglas1957 Affair in Havana
as Frankie Dane1956 Crime in the Streets
as McCloud1956 No Right to Kill
as Frankie Dane1955 Crime in the Streets
as Robert Batsford1955 The Night Holds Terror
as Reporter (uncredited)1951 Fourteen Hours

TV Shows/Series with John Cassavetes as Actor(23)

Movies with John Cassavetes as Crew(32)

Writing/Screenplay1999 Gloria
Writing/Writer1997 She's So Lovely
Directing/Director1986 Big Trouble
Directing/Director1984 Love Streams
Writing/Writer1984 Love Streams
Writing/Screenplay1982 The Incubus
Directing/Director1980 Gloria
Writing/Screenplay1980 Gloria
Directing/Director1977 Opening Night
Writing/Writer1977 Opening Night
Directing/Director1976 The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Directing/Director1974 A Woman Under the Influence
Writing/Writer1974 A Woman Under the Influence
Writing/Screenplay1974 A Woman Under the Influence
Directing/Director1971 Minnie and Moskowitz
Writing/Writer1971 Minnie and Moskowitz
Directing/Director1970 Husbands
Editing/Editor1970 Husbands
Writing/Writer1970 Husbands
Directing/Director1968 Faces
Editing/Editor1968 Faces
Production/Producer1968 Faces
Writing/Screenplay1968 Faces
Directing/Director1963 My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy
Directing/Director1963 A Child Is Waiting
Directing/Director1961 Too Late Blues
Production/Producer1961 Too Late Blues
Writing/Writer1961 Too Late Blues
Directing/Director1959 Shadows
Editing/Editor1959 Shadows
Writing/Writer1959 Shadows

TV Shows/Series with John Cassavetes as Crew(2)

Directing/Director1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show
Directing/Director1959 Johnny Staccato

Full Name: John Cassavetes
Born: Monday, 12/09 1929 (December) in New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Friday, 02/03 1989 (February) in Los Angeles (aged: 59)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Snake)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Colgate University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Blair Academy, Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School
Other names for John Cassavetes (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"John Nicholas Cassavetes"
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John Cassavetes frequently works together with these people:
Gena Rowlands (19x, Actress)
Al Ruban (16x, Crew)
Eddie Albert (15x, Actor)
Nina Foch (15x, Actress)
John Hoyt (14x, Actor)
Seymour Cassel (13x, Actor)
Ricardo Montalban (13x, Actor)
Robert Culp (13x, Actor)
Ida Lupino (13x, Actress)
Victor Jory (13x, Actor)
James Gregory (13x, Actor)
Leslie Nielsen (12x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3252, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 11/02/2021