John Cassavetes

Birthday:

12/09/1929

Place of birth:

New York City, New York, U.S.:

Biography:

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.


Film Credits

An Accumulation of Erotic Exercise (2019)
as Himself
Gena Rowlands - Unabhängig im Kino und im Leben (2019)
as Himself (archive footage)
A Constant Forge (2000)
as
Anything for John (1993)
as (archive footage)
Arena - John Cassavetes (1989)
as Himself
Marvin & Tige (1985)
as Marvin
Nederland C (1985)
as
I'm Almost Not Crazy: John Cassavetes - The Man and His Work (1984)
as Himself
Love Streams (1984)
as Robert Harmon
Fräulein Berlin (1984)
as himself
The Haircut (1982)
as Music Industry Executive
Incubus (1982)
as Dr. Sam Cordell
Tempest (1982)
as Phillip Dimitrius
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
as Dr. Michael Emerson
Flesh & Blood (1979)
as Gus Caputo
Brass Target (1978)
as Maj. Joe De Lucca
Movies Are My Life (1978)
as Self
The Fury (1978)
as Ben Childress
Opening Night (1977)
as Maurice Aarons
Heroes (1977)
as VA Doctor
Mikey and Nicky (1976)
as Nicky Godalin
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
as Sgt. Chris Button
Capone (1975)
as Frankie Yale
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
as Jim (uncredited)
Husbands (1970)
as Gus Demetri
Gli intoccabili (1969)
as Hank McCain
Cinéastes de notre temps: John Cassavetes (1969)
as Himself
Roma come Chicago (1968)
as Mario Corda
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
as Guy Woodhouse
Alexander The Great (1968)
as Karonos
Operation Dirty Dozen (1967)
as Himself
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
as Victor Franko
Devil's Angels (1967)
as Cody
The Killers (1964)
as Johnny North
The Webster Boy (1962)
as Vance Miller
Virgin Island (1959)
as Evan
Saddle the Wind (1958)
as Tony Sinclair
Affair in Havana (1957)
as Nick Douglas
Edge of the City (1957)
as Axel Nordmann
No Right to Kill (1956)
as McCloud
Crime in the Streets (1956)
as Frankie Dane
The Night Holds Terror (1955)
as Robert Batsford
Crime in the Streets (1955)
as Frankie Dane
Etude in Black ()
as The Conductor

TV Series Credits

The Dirty Dozen (1988)
as Victor P. Franko
Columbo (1971)
as Alex Benedict
The Dick Cavett Show (1968)
as Himself - Guest
The Legend of Jesse James (1965)
as
Profiles in Courage (1964)
as
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964)
as
Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)
as
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)
as
Burke's Law (1963)
as
Combat! (1962)
as
The Virginian (1962)
as
Dr. Kildare (1961)
as
Johnny Staccato (1959)
as Johnny Staccato
Rawhide (1959)
as
The Dick Clark Show (1958)
as
Decoy (1957)
as
The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)
as
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
as
Climax! (1954)
as
General Electric Theater (1953)
as
Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
as
Robert Montgomery Presents (1950)
as
Studio One (1948)
as
The Philco Television Playhouse (1948)
as
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
as
Gloria (1999)
Screenplay
She's So Lovely (1997)
Writer
Big Trouble (1986)
Director
Love Streams (1984)
Director
Love Streams (1984)
Writer
Gloria (1980)
Director
Gloria (1980)
Screenplay
Opening Night (1977)
Director
Opening Night (1977)
Writer
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Director
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976)
Writer
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Director
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Screenplay
A Woman Under the Influence (1974)
Writer
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Director
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Writer
Husbands (1970)
Director
Husbands (1970)
Editor
Husbands (1970)
Writer
Faces (1968)
Director
Faces (1968)
Editor
Faces (1968)
Producer
Faces (1968)
Screenplay
A Child Is Waiting (1963)
Director
My Daddy Can Lick Your Daddy (1963)
Director
Too Late Blues (1961)
Director
Too Late Blues (1961)
Producer
Too Late Blues (1961)
Writer
Shadows (1959)
Director
Shadows (1959)
Editor
Shadows (1959)
Writer
Etude in Black ()
Director