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Nick Cassavetes

Lowest Rated:   16% The Astronaut's Wife (1999)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Road House
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
24% The Other Woman
  • Director
$77.9M 2014
No Score Yet Cali
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Yellow
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2012
33% The Hangover Part II
  • Tattoo Joe
$254.4M 2011
54% Alpha Dog
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$15.2M 2007
52% The Notebook
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$81M 2004
No Score Yet The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie
  • Executive Producer
2004
23% John Q
  • Director
$71.1M 2002
60% The Independent
  • Himself
2001
55% Blow
  • Screenwriter
2001
16% 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
54% The Doors
  • Actor
1991
58% 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
30% Black Moon Rising
  • Luis
1986
93% Mask
  • T.J.
1985
95% A Woman Under the Influence
  • Adolph
1975
71% Husbands
  • Nick
1970

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
66% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Himself
  • 2010

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