John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes

  • Born on
    • December 9th, 1929
  • Died on
    • February 3rd, 1989
John Nicholas Cassavetes (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 (1968), Husbands (1970), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Opening Night (1977), and Love Streams (1984), in addition to intermittent studio work. Cassavetes' films employed an actor-centered approach which privileged character examination over traditional Hollywood storytelling or stylized production values. His films became associated with an improvisational, cinéma vérité aesthetic. He collaborated frequently with a rotating group of friends, crew members, and actors, including his wife Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara, and Seymour Cassel. For his role in The Dirty Dozen, Cassavetes received a Best Supporting Actor nomination. As a filmmaker, he was nominated for Best Original Screenplay for Faces (1968) and Best Director for A Woman Under the Influence (1974). Description from the Wikipedia article John Cassavetes, licensed under CC-BY-SA.

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Acting (25 Credits)

1984Love Streams as Robert Harmon
1984Terror in the Aisles as Guy Woodhouse (archive footage) (uncredited)
1982Tempest as Phillip Dimitrius
1981The Incubus as Dr. Sam Cordell
1981Whose Life Is It Anyway? as Dr. Michael Emerson
1978The Fury as Ben Childress
1978Brass Target as Maj. Joe De Lucca
1977Opening Night as Maurice Aarons
1977Heroes as VA Doctor
1976Two-Minute Warning as Sgt. Chris Button
1976Mikey and Nicky as Nicky Godalin
1975Capone as Frankie Yale
1971Minnie and Moskowitz as Jim
1970Husbands as Gus Demetri
1969Machine Gun McCain as Hank McCain
1969If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium as Steve
1968Rosemary's Baby as Guy Woodhouse
1967The Dirty Dozen as Victor Franko
1964The Killers as Johnny North
1958Saddle the Wind as Tony Sinclair
1958Shadows as Pedestrian (uncredited)
1957Edge of the City as Axel Nordmann
1956Crime in the Streets as Frankie Dane
1955The Night Holds Terror as Robert Batsford
1951Fourteen Hours as Reporter (uncredited)


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