Nick Cassavetes: American film actor, director, and screenwriter (1959-)
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Nick Cassavetes
American film actor, director, and screenwriter

Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes
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Intro American film actor, director, and screenwriter
A.K.A. Nicholas David Rowland Cassavetes, Nicholas Cassavetes
Is Actor Film director Screenwriter Writer Television actor Film actor Film producer
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature
Gender male
Birth 21 May 1959, New York City
Age 64 years
Star sign Gemini
Mother: Gena Rowlands
Father: John Cassavetes
Siblings: Zoe CassavetesAlexandra Cassavetes
Spouse: Heather Wahlquist
Height: 1.9812 m
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Nicholas David Rowland Cassavetes (born May 21, 1959) is an American actor, director and writer.

Early life and career

Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and Greek-American actor and film director John Cassavetes. As a child, he appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). After spending so much of his youth surrounded by the film industry, Cassavetes initially decided he did not want to go into the field. He instead attended Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship. His athletic career was effectively ended by an injury, and he decided to rethink his aspirations, ultimately deciding to attend his parents' alma mater, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

He has appeared in the films Face/Off, The Wraith, Life, Class of 1999 II: The Substitute, Backstreet Dreams and The Astronaut's Wife, among others. He has directed several films, including John Q, Alpha Dog, She's So Lovely, Unhook the Stars, The Notebook, and My Sister's Keeper. He also adapted the screenplay for Blow and wrote the dialogue for the Justin Timberlake music video "What Goes Around... Comes Around".

Cassavetes finished in fifth place in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Invitational Season 5, attempting a bluff. He also appeared on season 5 of The Game Show Network's (GSN) High Stakes Poker.

He also has played himself in the season 7 opener of Entourage on HBO and Tattoo Joe as a cameo in The Hangover: Part II, replacing Liam Neeson from the cast due to scheduling conflicts.

Personal life

In 1985, Cassavetes married Isabelle Rafalovich. They had two daughters together, Virginia Sara (born 1986) and Sasha (born 1988), before divorcing. He then married Heather "Queenie" Wahlquist, who has appeared in several of his films, including a small role in The Notebook as Sara, a secondary character and best friend to the female lead Allie Hamilton, portrayed by Rachel McAdams. Cassavetes's own mother, Gena Rowlands, appears as the older, married Allie (Hamilton) Calhoun.

Sasha was born with a heart defect and underwent substantial surgery; Cassavetes' film John Q. was dedicated to Sasha, and his later adaptation of My Sister's Keeper was based in part on Sasha's medical experience.


1994Joe Bob's Drive-In TheaterTV Series  Joe Bob BriggsAndy Sidaris
1995Joe Bob's Drive-In TheaterTV Series  Joe Bob BriggsAndy Sidaris
2000The IndependentMovieStephen KesslerStephen KesslerJerry StillerJaneane GarofaloMax Perlich
2002Behind the Scenes of 'John Q'Video documentary short  Mark BurgRobert Duvall
2005All in the Extended Family: Nick Cassavetes ProfileVideo documentary short  Ryan GoslingJames Marsden
2006The Young Hollywood AwardsTV Special  R. J. WilliamsTaryn Southern
2007A Cautionary Tale: The Making of 'Alpha Dog'Video short  Ben FosterShawn Hatosy
2009Free RadioTV Series  Lance KrallSarah Baker
2009StorymakersTV Series  Peter BartPeter GuberAmy Adams
2010In Search of Ted DemmeDocumentary  Paul Thomas AndersonJason BarryJerry Bruckheimer
1991Night on Earthpersonal thanks - as NickJim Jarmusch Winona RyderGena RowlandsLisanne Falk
2000Panicspecial thanksHenry Bromell William H. MacyNeve CampbellJohn Ritter
2007Broken Englishspecial thanksZoe Cassavetes Parker PoseyMelvil PoupaudGena Rowlands
2013BlakeShortBrendan Sexton III  
2016Toxic TemptationShort   
2016Consult and ConquerShort  Jeremy Luke
2002John Qwriter: "The Voice Inside My Heart"  Denzel WashingtonRobert Duvall
2006Alpha Dogperformer: "On Top of December"  Emile HirschJustin TimberlakeAnton Yelchin
2003The Incredible Mrs. RitchieTV MoviePaul Johansson Gena RowlandsKevin ZegersDavid Schofield (actor)
 Children of Molochexecutive producer  Michael BiehnRyan Carnes
 The Ogilvy Fortuneexecutive producer  Keith DavidIsabel LucasChevy Chase
 Good Guysexecutive producer Matthew Barry 
1996Unhook the StarsMovie  Gena RowlandsMarisa TomeiGérard Depardieu
2001BlowscreenplayTed DemmeDavid McKennaJohnny DeppPenélope CruzFranka Potente
2003Whatever We DoShortKevin Connolly (actor) Tim RothRobert Downey Jr.Amanda Peet
2006Alpha Dogwritten by  Emile HirschJustin TimberlakeAnton Yelchin
2007Justin Timberlake: What Goes Around ...Comes AroundVideo shortSamuel Bayer Justin TimberlakeScarlett JohanssonShawn Hatosy
2009My Sister's Keeperscreenplay Jeremy LevenCameron DiazAbigail BreslinAlec Baldwin
2012/IYellowscreenplay Heather WahlquistSienna MillerRiley KeoughMelanie Griffith
 Untitled Freeway Rick Ross Projectscreenplay   
 Road Housescreenplay   
 Kentucky Rhapsodyscreenplay   
1996Unhook the StarsMovie  Gena RowlandsMarisa TomeiGérard Depardieu
1997She's So LovelyMovie  Sean PennRobin WrightJohn Travolta
2002John QMovie  Denzel WashingtonRobert Duvall
2004The NotebookMovie Jeremy LevenJan SardiGena RowlandsJames GarnerRachel McAdams
2006Alpha DogMovie  Emile HirschJustin TimberlakeAnton Yelchin
2009My Sister's KeeperMovie Jeremy LevenCameron DiazAbigail BreslinAlec Baldwin
2012/IYellowMovie Heather WahlquistSienna MillerRiley KeoughMelanie Griffith
2014The Other WomanMovie  Cameron DiazLeslie MannKate Upton
2020The Manuscriptpre-production Louis B. RosenbergJamie FoxxScott EastwoodJean Reno
 Road Houseannounced   
 Kentucky Rhapsodyattached   
 Honeymoon with Harryannounced Dan Fogelman 
 Good Guysannounced Matthew Barry 
1970HusbandsuncreditedJohn Cassavetes Ben GazzaraPeter FalkJohn Cassavetes
1980ReunionTV MovieRuss Mayberry Kevin DobsonJoanna CassidyLinda Hamilton
1985MaskMoviePeter Bogdanovich CherEric StoltzSam Elliott
1986Black Moon RisingMovieHarley CokelissJohn CarpenterJohn CarpenterTommy Lee JonesLinda HamiltonRobert Vaughn
1986The WraithMovie  Charlie SheenSherilyn Fenn
1986Quiet CoolMovieClay BorrisClay BorrisJames RemarDaphne AshbrookAdam Coleman Howard
1987MatlockTV Series  Andy GriffithLinda PurlKene Holliday
1987L.A. LawTV Series  Corbin BernsenJill EikenberryAlan Rachins
1988Under the GunMovie  Sam J. JonesVanessa WilliamsJohn Russell (actor)
1988Assault of the Killer BimbosMovie Patti AstorTed NicolaouElizabeth KaitanTammie Souza
1988ShooterTV MovieGary Nelson (director) Jeffrey NordlingNoble WillinghamKario Salem
1989Quantum LeapTV Series  Scott BakulaDean StockwellDeborah Pratt
1989Blind FuryMoviePhillip NoyceCharles Robert CarnerRutger HauerTerry O'QuinnBrandon Call
1989Desperation RisingMovie   
1990The Marshall ChroniclesTV Series  Joshua RifkindBradley Gregg
1990Shannon's DealTV Series  Jamey SheridanElizabeth PeñaJenny Lewis
1990Backstreet DreamsMovie  Brooke ShieldsAnthony Franciosa
1990Object of DesireMovie  Traci LordsJohn Vernon
1991Delta Force 3: The Killing GameMovieSam Firstenberg Eric DouglasMike Norris
1992TwogetherMovie  Brenda BakkeJeremy Piven
1993Sins of DesireMovieJim WynorskiMark Thomas McGeeGail HarrisDelia Sheppard
1993Crime & PunishmentTV Series  Jon TenneyRachel TicotinCarmen Argenziano
1993Body of InfluenceVideoGregory Dark Shannon WhirryRichard Roundtree
1993Sins of the NightMovieGregory Dark Deborah SheltonMiles O'Keeffe
1993Broken TrustMovie  Kimberly Foster
1994Class of 1999 II: The SubstituteMovieSpiro RazatosMark L. LesterSasha MitchellCaitlin Dulany
1994Mrs. Parker and the Vicious CircleMovieAlan RudolphAlan RudolphJennifer Jason LeighCampbell ScottMatthew Broderick
1995Just Like DadTV MovieBlair Treu Wallace ShawnBenjamin Diskin
1996Black Rose of HarlemMovie Frances DoelCynda WilliamsJoe Viterelli
1997Face/OffMovieJohn WooMichael CollearyJohn TravoltaNicolas CageJoan Allen
1997FarticusMovieAlki DavidAlki DavidThalia ArgiriouTony Burton
1998Conversations in LimboShortPaul JohanssonMick DavisPaul JohanssonMissy CriderTroy Duffy
1999/ILifeMovieTed DemmeRobert RamseyEddie MurphyMartin LawrenceObba Babatundé
1999The Astronaut's WifeMovieRand Ravich Charlize TheronJohnny DeppJoe Morton
2000PanicunconfirmedHenry Bromell William H. MacyNeve CampbellJohn Ritter
2001BlowuncreditedTed DemmeDavid McKennaJohnny DeppPenélope CruzFranka Potente
2010EntourageTV Series  Kevin Connolly (actor)Adrian GrenierKevin Dillon
2011The Hangover Part IIMovieTodd PhillipsCraig MazinScot ArmstrongBradley CooperZach GalifianakisEd Helms
2013Love and SkinShort  Cassandra Jean
2017TalesTV Series   
2018Three Dog NightShort   
 The Ogilvy Fortunepre-production  Keith DavidIsabel LucasChevy Chase
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