Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes

Highest Rated: 93% Mask (1985)

Lowest Rated: 15% The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

Birthday: May 21, 1959

Birthplace: Not Available

Scion of renowned maverick director John Cassavetes and extraordinary actress Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes was an actor for over a decade before he added writing and directing to his Hollywood repertoire. Born and raised in New York, Cassavetes appeared in two of his father's films, Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974), while growing up. The sturdy, 6'4" Cassavetes did not, however, want to be an actor and attended Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship. After an injury ended his collegiate athletic career, Cassavetes re-thought his aspirations and headed to his parents' alma mater, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.Though he scored his first role as an adult in Peter Bogdanovich's acclaimed drama Mask (1985), Cassavetes made his living appearing in numerous B-movies during the 1980s and early '90s. Along with such actioners as Black Moon Rising (1986), Under the Gun (1988), and The Wraith (1987) (with fellow Hollywood offspring Charlie Sheen), Cassavetes also starred in several softcore movies, including Body of Influence (1991). By the mid-'90s, Cassavetes left B-movies for a role as Dorothy Parker's lover, writer Robert Sherwood, in Alan Rudolph's Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) and his own debut as a movie writer and director. Drawing on his mother's experience after his father's 1989 death and featuring a superb performance by Rowlands, Unhook the Stars (1996) was a perceptive slice-of-life drama about a widow's relationship with her young single-mother neighbor. Further paying homage to his roots, Cassavetes then directed one of his father's unproduced screenplays, She's So Lovely (1997). Starring Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn as a couple that defines l'amour fou and John Travolta as Wright Penn's tough yet paternal second husband, She's So Lovely was true to the elder Cassavetes' distinct, keen voice and won prizes for cinematography and Penn's flamboyant performance at the Cannes Film Festival. Cassavetes also appeared onscreen that same year with Travolta, as super criminal Castor Troy's bald cohort Dietrich in John Woo's summer blockbuster Face/Off (1997). Appearing in higher profile fare than most of his prior acting work, Cassavetes followed Face/Off with roles in the Johnny Depp-Charlize Theron sci-fi thriller The Astronaut's Wife (1999) and Ted Demme's Eddie Murphy-Martin Lawrence prison movie Life (1999). Continuing his associations with Demme and Depp, Cassavetes subsequently co-wrote the director's final film Blow (2001), about the rise and fall of a 1970s and '80s American cocaine kingpin. Returning to the director's chair for a project that spoke to his experience with his own daughter's heart disease, Cassavetes took on his first big-budget Hollywood genre film, John Q. (2002). Starring Denzel Washington as a desperate working-class father who turns to violence when his HMO won't cover his son's heart transplant, this unconvincing piece of schlock received devastating reviews across the board. American critics described it, alternately, as "So lacking in shame that it finally seems laughable, "[a] movie [that] transcends stupidity and soars into the empyrean of true idiocy," and "A shamelessly manipulative commercial on behalf of national health insurance." The director fared immeasurably better in 2004 with The Notebook. As penned by Jeremy Leven and Jan Sardi, this gentle and evocative adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novel follows an elderly man (James Garner) who reads a heartbreaking period love story aloud to a female nursing home resident (Gena Rowlands). The film then plays out the story-within-the-story, about a couple who share the greatest summer of their lives with one another, and are then irrevocably separated by their parents and the rise of World War II. The press responded far more kindly to The Notebook when it premiered in the U.S. on June 25, 2004. Michael Wilmington's comments typified the response: "[It] may be corny," he noted, "B


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Manuscript Director 2019
No Score Yet Road House Screenwriter Director 2015
25% The Other Woman Screenwriter Director $77.9M 2014
No Score Yet Cali Director 2013
No Score Yet Yellow Director Screenwriter 2012
33% The Hangover Part II Tattoo Joe $254.5M 2011
54% Alpha Dog Director Screenwriter $15.2M 2007
53% The Notebook Screenwriter Director $81.1M 2004
No Score Yet The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie Executive Producer 2004
23% John Q Director Screenwriter $71.1M 2002
60% The Independent Himself 2001
55% Blow Screenwriter 2001
15% The Astronaut's Wife Alex Streck 1999
50% Life Sgt. Dillard 1999
66% She's So Lovely Director 1997
92% Face/Off Dietrich Hassler 1997
81% Unhook the Stars Director 1996
No Score Yet Under the Gun (Iron Fist) Tony Braxton 1995
No Score Yet Twogether Wolfgang Amadeus 'John' Madler 1995
No Score Yet Just like Dad Joe 1995
No Score Yet Black Rose of Harlem Actor 1995
74% Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) Robert Sherwood 1994
No Score Yet Class of 1999 Part II: The Substitute Emmett Grazer 1994
No Score Yet Animal Instincts 2 Actor 1994
No Score Yet Broken Trust Actor 1993
No Score Yet Sins of the Night Jack Neitsche 1993
No Score Yet Body of Influence (Indecent Advances) Jonathan Brooks 1993
No Score Yet Sins of Desire Barry Mitchum 1992
No Score Yet Delta Force 3: The Killing Game Charlie 1991
57% The Doors Actor 1991
54% Blind Fury Lyle Pike 1990
No Score Yet Backstreet Dreams Mikey Acosta 1990
17% Assault of the Killer Bimbos Wayne-O 1987
33% The Wraith Packard Walsh 1986
No Score Yet Quiet Cool Valence 1986
38% Black Moon Rising Luis 1986
93% Mask T.J. 1985
93% A Woman Under the Influence Adolph 1975
67% Husbands Nick 1970


66% Entourage
Himself 2010
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
Guest 1989


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