John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes

Highest Rated: 100% Love Streams (1984)

Lowest Rated: 17% Big Trouble (1986)

Birthday: Dec 9, 1929

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

Primarily known as an actor early in his career, John Cassavetes would later be regarded as one of the most daring and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century, attributed by many as the artist who shaped the current definition of independent film. As a young performer, Cassavetes found his early roles in mainstream productions like "Edge of the City" (1957) creatively unsatisfying. Determined to prove he could do better, he embarked on a three-year odyssey that yielded his debut as a writer-director - the racial identity drama "Shadows" (1959). Though not a commercial hit, "Shadows" earned Cassavetes enough critical acclaim to attract Hollywood, although the resulting films left him chafing under the control of the studio system. In response, Cassavetes created a system of his own - one in which he would act in major productions like "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) in order to fund independent endeavors of his own. Over the course of the next 15 years Cassavetes wrote, directed and occasionally performed in such thought-provoking works as "Faces" (1968), "Husbands" (1970), "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974), "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976), "Gloria" (1980) and "Love Streams" (1984). Each film featured some combination of his frequent acting collaborators, including wife Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara and Seymour Cassel. While professional acting was a mere means to an end, Cassavetes pursued his own artistic truth and provided audiences with new experiences through his deeply personal films.

Highest rated movies

A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
Love Streams
Opening Night
Rosemary's Baby
Mikey and Nicky
Minnie and Moskowitz
The Dirty Dozen
Machine Gun McCain




66% 62% She's So Lovely Writer $7.3M 1997
100% 95% A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Himself (archive footage) (Character) - 1995
17% 27% Big Trouble Director - 1986
100% 88% Love Streams Robert Harmon (Character),
- 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marvin and Tige Marvin Stewart (Character) - 1983
29% 22% The Incubus Dr. Sam Cordell (Character) - 1982
55% 74% Tempest Phillip Dimitrius (Character) - 1982
70% 79% Whose Life Is It Anyway? Dr. Michael Emerson (Character) - 1981
93% 79% Gloria Director,
- 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flesh and Blood Gus Caputo (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 37% Brass Target Maj. Joe De Lucca (Character) - 1978
77% 49% The Fury Ben Childress (Character) - 1978
96% 90% Opening Night Maurice Aarons (Character),
$10.5K 1977
79% 83% The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Director,
- 1976
87% 80% Mikey and Nicky Nicky Godalin (Character) - 1976
23% 42% Two Minute Warning Sgt. Button (Character) - 1976
90% 91% A Woman Under the Influence Director - 1974
81% 85% Minnie and Moskowitz Jim (uncredited) (Character),
- 1971
65% 80% Husbands Gus (Character),
- 1970
80% 38% Machine Gun McCain Hank McCain (Character) - 1969
85% 87% Faces Director,
Film Editing
- 1968
96% 87% Rosemary's Baby Guy Woodhouse (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rome Like Chicago Mario Corda (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 27% Devil's Angels Cody (Character) - 1967
81% 90% The Dirty Dozen Victor Franko (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 17% Alexander the Great Karonos (Character) - 1964
80% 71% The Killers Johnny North (Character) - 1964
93% 74% A Child Is Waiting Director - 1963
80% 71% Too Late Blues Director,
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Webster Boy Vance Miller (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Virgin Island Evan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 54% Saddle the Wind Tony Sinclair (Character) - 1958
100% 81% Shadows Director,
Film Editing
- 1958
No Score Yet 74% Edge of the City Axel Nordmann (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Affair in Havana Nick (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 37% Crime in the Streets Frankie Dane (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 44% The Night Holds Terror Robert Batsford (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taxi Unknown (Character) - 1953
71% 73% Fourteen Hours Bit Part (uncredited) (Character) - 1951


No Score Yet 75% Columbo Alex Benedict (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Combat! Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lloyd Bridges Show Castigo (Guest Star),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Staccato Unknown (Character),
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Private Paul Greco (Character) 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet 98% Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Johnny (Character) 1956