Nick Cassavetes

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Nick Cassavetes began his career as a film and television actor, but made a stronger impact when he discovered his talent for writing and directing. He was born into independent film royalty as the son of ... Read more »
Born: 05/20/1959 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Gypsy Eyes 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hangover Part II 2011 (Movie)

Tattoo Joe (Actor)

Entourage 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

AMC StoryMakers 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Free Radio 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Independent 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life 1999 (Movie)

Sargeant Dillard (Actor)

The Astronaut's Wife 1999 (Movie)

Alex Streck (Actor)

Face/Off 1997 (Movie)

Dietrich Hassler (Actor)

Machine Gun Blues 1996 (Movie)

Johnny Verona (Actor)

Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 (Movie)

Robert Sherwood (Actor)

Twogether 1994 (Movie)

John Madler (Actor)

Class of 1999-II: The Substitute 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Crime & Punishment 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Body of Influence 1992 (Movie)

Dr Jonathon Brooks (Actor)

Sins of Desire 1992 (Movie)

Barry (Actor)

Sins of the Night 1992 (Movie)

Jack Nietzsche (Actor)

A Woman Under the Influence 1991 (Movie)

Adolph (Actor)

Young Commandos 1991 (Movie)

Major Charles Stewart (Actor)

Backstreet Dreams 1990 (Movie)

Mikey Acosta (Actor)

Blind Fury 1990 (Movie)

Lyle Pike (Actor)

L.A. Law 1986 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shooter 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Assault of the Killer Bimbos 1988 (Movie)

Wayne-O (Actor)

Desperation Rising 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under the Gun 1988 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

Black Moon Rising 1986 (Movie)

Luis (Actor)

Quiet Cool 1986 (Movie)

Valence (Actor)

The Wraith 1986 (Movie)

Packard Walsh (Actor)

Mask 1985 (Movie)

T J (Actor)

Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Like Dad (TV Show)

Actor
Director (9)

The Other Woman 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Yellow 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Notebook 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Unhook the Stars 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Cali (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (7)

Killing of A Chinese Bookie (remake) 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yellow 2011 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Sister's Keeper 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Whatever We Do 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blow 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Unhook the Stars 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Killing of A Chinese Bookie (remake) 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Music (1)

John Q. 2002 (Movie)

("The Voice Inside My Heart") (Song)

Biography

Nick Cassavetes began his career as a film and television actor, but made a stronger impact when he discovered his talent for writing and directing. He was born into independent film royalty as the son of Oscar-nominated writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands. Cassavetes' family tearjerkers "The Notebook" (2004) and "My Sister's Keeper" (2009) were a far cry from the cinéma vérité style favored by his father, though he shared a thematic interest in the unseen worlds lurking behind the American dream landscape in "She's So Lovely" (1997) and "Alpha Dog" (2007). True to the family name, Cassavetes was dedicated to building a body of character-driven dramas and bringing a great deal of emotion to the movie screen.

Relationships

Zoe R Cassavetes Actor

Sister
Born June 29, 1970; directed "Broken English" (2007)

Sasha Cassavetes

Daughter
Born May 17, 1988 with a congenital heart defect; mother, Isabelle Rafalovi

John Cassavetes Actor

Father
Born Dec. 9, 1929 Died from cirrhosis of the liver on Feb. 3, 1989

Virginia Cassavetes

Daughter
Born March 27, 1986; mother, Isabelle Rafalovi

Xan Cassavetes Actor

Sister
Born Sept. 21, 1965 Served as 2nd Unit Director on brother's film "Alpha Dog" (2006)

Isabelle Rafalovich

Wife
Married Sept. 8, 1985 Divorced

Gena Rowlands Actor

Mother
Born June 19, 1930 Directed by son in "The Notebook" (2004)

Heather Wahlquist Actor

Wife
He directed her in films including "John Q" (2002) and "The Notebook" (2004)

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

Pasadena , California

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1977
Received a combined academic and basketball scholarship; an injury ended his sports participation

Milestones

2012

Helmed drama feature "Yellow"; also co-wrote screenplay with wife Heather Wahlquist

2011

Made small acting appearance as 'Tattoo Joe' in "The Hangover Part II"

2009

Directed film adaptation of "My Sister's Keeper," based on the novel by Jodi Picoult

2007

Wrote and directed crime drama "Alpha Dog"; film loosely based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, the youngest man ever to be on FBI's most wanted list

2004

Directed his mother Gena Rowlands in the film adaptation of "The Notebook," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

2002

Helmed the thriller "John Q," starring Denzel Washington

2001

Penned feature adaptation of "Blow," directed by Ted Demme and starring Johnny Depp

1997

Helmed "She's So Lovely" from an previously unproduced script by his father

1996

Feature directing debut, "Unhook the Stars"; starred his mother Gena Rowlands

1994

Played writer Robert Sherwood in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"

1990

Made episodic TV debut on "The Marshall Chronicles" (ABC)

1985

Landed first adult acting role in "Mask"

1980

TV-movie debut, "Reunion" (CBS)

1974

Made feature acting debut in "A Woman Under the Influence," directed by father John Cassavetes and starring mother Gena Rowlands

Bonus Trivia

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While promoting his drama "Yellow" at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, Cassavetes made a controversial remark defending the incest between his characters in the film. "I’m not saying this is an absolute but in a way, if you’re not having kids – who gives a damn? Love who you want. Isn’t that what we say? Gay marriage – love who you want? If it’s your brother or sister it’s super-weird, but if you look at it, you’re not hurting anybody except every single person who freaks out because you’re in love with one another."

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