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John Cassavetes

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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Dec 9, 1929 In New York City, New York, U.S.
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Nightside 2022
Known For
Poster of 150 Miles of Rotting, Rutted, Lumpy, Dilapidated Pavement
Poster of Columbo
Poster of The Dick Cavett Show
Poster of The Dirty Dozen
Movie Nightside Carmine Kelly 2022
Movie 150 Miles of Rotting, Rutted, Lumpy, Dilapidated Pavement Man Talking 2021-03-03
Movie Gena Rowlands: A Life on Film Himself (archive footage) 2019-06-05
Movie Operation Dirty Dozen Himself 2006-01-01
Movie A Constant Forge Unknown 2000-01-01
Movie Anything for John (archive footage) 1993-09-06
Movie Arena - John Cassavetes Himself 1989-01-24
Series The Dirty Dozen Victor P. Franko 1988-04-30
Movie Marvin & Tige Marvin 1985-03-08
Movie Nederland C Unknown 1985-01-16
Movie Fräulein Berlin himself 1984-01-01
Movie Love Streams Robert Harmon 1984-02-20
Movie I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - The Man and His Work Self 1984-07-01
Movie Tempest Phillip Dimitrius 1982-08-13
Movie The Haircut Music Industry Executive 1982-09-12
Movie The Incubus Dr. Sam Cordell 1982-08-27
Movie Whose Life Is It Anyway? Dr. Michael Emerson 1981-12-02
Movie Flesh & Blood Gus Caputo 1979-10-14
Movie The Fury Ben Childress 1978-03-10
Movie Movies Are My Life Self 1978-10-06
Movie Brass Target Maj. Joe De Lucca 1978-12-22
Movie Heroes VA Doctor 1977-11-04
Movie Opening Night Maurice Aarons 1977-12-22
Movie Two-Minute Warning Sgt. Chris Button 1976-11-12
Movie Mikey and Nicky Nicky Godalin 1976-12-21
Movie Capone Frankie Yale 1975-04-16
Series Columbo Alex Benedict 1971-09-15
Movie Minnie and Moskowitz Jim 1971-12-22
Movie Husbands Gus Demetri 1970-12-01
Movie Filmmakers of Our Time: John Cassavetes Himself 1969-03-17
Movie Machine Gun McCain Hank McCain 1969-04-01
Movie If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium Steve 1969-04-24
Series The Dick Cavett Show Himself - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Alexander The Great Karonos 1968-01-26
Movie Rosemary's Baby Guy Woodhouse 1968-06-12
Movie Bandits in Rome Mario Corda 1968-11-20
Movie Devil's Angels Cody 1967-04-14
Movie The Dirty Dozen Victor Franko 1967-06-15
Series The Legend of Jesse James Unknown 1965-09-13
Movie The Killers Johnny North 1964-07-07
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Profiles in Courage Unknown 1964-11-08
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Series Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Unknown 1963-10-04
Movie The Webster Boy Vance Miller 1962-06-01
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Series Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Movie Virgin Island Evan 1959-08-07
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Johnny Staccato Johnny Staccato 1959-09-10
Series The Dick Clark Show Unknown 1958-02-15
Movie Saddle the Wind Tony Sinclair 1958-03-20
Movie Edge of the City Axel Nordmann 1957-01-04
Movie Affair in Havana Nick Douglas 1957-10-01
Series Decoy Unknown 1957-10-14
Movie Crime in the Streets Frankie Dane 1956-06-10
Movie No Right to Kill McCloud 1956-08-09
Movie Crime in the Streets Frankie Dane 1955-03-08
Movie The Night Holds Terror Robert Batsford 1955-07-13
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Fourteen Hours Reporter (uncredited) 1951-04-01
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Robert Montgomery Presents Unknown 1950-01-30
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Series The Philco Television Playhouse Unknown 1948-10-03