Nick Cave

Nick Cave

Highest Rated: 100% One More Time With Feeling (2016)

Lowest Rated: 30% The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez (2016)

Birthday: Sep 22, 1957

Birthplace: Not Available

A post-punk, neo-gothic balladeer with an ardent following, Australian musician Nick Cave has also lent his distinctive presence to films as both a composer and performer. Raised in small town Wangaratta, Australia, Cave attended boarding school in Melbourne, where he met future collaborator Mick Harvey and formed a band that became the Birthday Party. After a couple of years in art school and a move to London, Cave and the Birthday Party left their incendiary mark on the second-generation punk scene before disbanding in 1983. Cave then settled in West Berlin following a brief sojourn in Los Angeles, teaming with Harvey and German musician Blixa Bargeld to form Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. As befitting a band named after a passage in the Bible, Cave's songs evolved into intense narratives filled with love, violence, and Biblical portent accompanied by dramatically eclectic, blues-tinged sonic backdrops. Among the Bad Seeds' admirers was German director Wim Wenders, who cast Cave and the band in his Berlin seraphim allegory Wings of Desire (1987). Appearing in the climactic scene, Cave inwardly despaired about having to perform a fan favorite before launching into the thematically fitting "From Her to Eternity." The Bad Seeds also contributed an apocalyptic love song to Wenders' millennial epic Until the End of the World (1991). Continuing his movie work after Wings of Desire, a screenplay Cave helped pen during his Los Angeles stint was turned into a film by fellow Aussie John Hillcoat. A brutal prison drama based on actual events, Ghosts...of the Civil Dead (1988) featured Cave as one of the inmates, and was nominated for a slew of Australian Film Institute awards, including one for Cave and one for Harvey and Bargeld's haunting score. After kicking an infamous drug habit and moving to Brazil in the late '80s, Cave's creative output flourished into the 1990s, beginning with the sixth Bad Seeds album The Good Son and a German documentary chronicling the band, The Road to God Knows Where, in 1990. Continuing to make acclaimed music with the Bad Seeds throughout the decade, including the creepy Scream (1996) and X-Files (1998) soundtrack tune "Red Right Hand," Cave also contributed to a number of offbeat film projects. Sending up his usual dark attire and goth mien, Cave appeared as the platinum blond, white-clad rocker muse to Brad Pitt's wannabe title character in Tom DiCillo's wry indie Johnny Suede (1991). An apt match of innovators, Cave scored a documentary about American avant-garde cinema icon Jonas Mekas, Jonas in the Desert (1994); his skill with dark ballads elegantly meshed with the subject in the performance-documentary September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill (1995). Along with releasing the Bad Seeds' Murder Ballads in 1996, Cave acted in and composed the score for Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest (1996), and reunited with Hillcoat to score Hillcoat's To Have & to Hold (1997). Moving back to London in the late '90s, Cave provided the music for the Irvine Welsh-scripted triptych film The Acid House (1998).

Highest Rated Movies



100% One More Time With Feeling Actor 2016
30% The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez Actor 2016
93% Prophet's Prey Actor $14K 2015
95% 20,000 Days on Earth Actor 2014
95% West of Memphis Actor $0.4M 2012
67% Lawless Screenwriter $36.4M 2012
100% Autoluminescent: Rowland S. Howard Actor 2011
No Score Yet All Tomorrow's Parties Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Cat Piano Actor 2009
77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Bowery Saloon Singer $4M 2007
73% Glastonbury Actor 2007
No Score Yet The Old, Weird America: Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music Actor 2007
69% Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man Actor $0.9M 2006
86% The Proposition Screenwriter $1.8M 2005
No Score Yet Birthday Party - Pleasure Heads Must Burn Actor 2003
No Score Yet If I Should Fall from Grace - The Shane MacGowan Story Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Soul of a Man Actor 2003
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: God Is in the House Actor 2001
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: The Videos Actor 1998
No Score Yet Ghosts...Of the Civil Dead Maynard Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs Himself 1995
33% Johnny Suede Freak Storm 1991
No Score Yet Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Road to God Knows Where Actor 1990
98% Wings of Desire Himself 1987


No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Performer 2017
No Score Yet Art in the Twenty-First Century
Guest 2016


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