John Cassavetes Biography

Published On May 22, 2016
Facts of John Cassavetes
Date of Birth: 1929 , December-9
Date of Death: 1989 , February-3
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
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On 9th of April 1984, John got married to one of the most reputed American actress Gena Rowlands. Gena Rowlands is also a film director and she has been active in the film industry since the 1950s. As a husband and wife, they had three children together.

After spending several years in Greece, John moved to United Stated at the age of 7. During that time, he was not able to speak English. He was raised in Long Island, New York and there he attended Port Washington High School. He studied there for about two years and then he joined Blair Academy and   Champlain College. He also got enrolled at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he graduated from there in 1950. He made his acting debut in 1950s by starring in the film Noir drama film Fourteen Hours. Two years later, he starred in the movies like Taxi and You Are There. He got his rise in fame in 1967 after she was seen playing the role of Victor Franko in an American war film The Dirty Dozen. He also got his first nomination in the awards like Academy Awards, USA and Golden Globes, USA from this role. At the age of 59, his health gets a serious turn as he was diagnosed of cirrhosis of the liver and he died of this disease on 3rd of February 1989. At the time of his death, his net worth was $40 million dollars.

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Born in New York City, New York

December 9 , 1929

Talented and industrious actor, John Cassavetes was born as John Nicholas Cassavetes at the end of 1920s in New York City, New York, United States of America to Nicholas John Cassavetes and Katherine Cassavete. He also spent his childhood days in Greece. He was Greek and American and was of Greek descent.

Moved to United States

1937

After spending several years in Greece, John moved to United Stated at the age of 7. During that time, he was not able to speak English. He was raised in Long Island, New York and there he attended Port Washington High School. 

Graduated from American Academy of Dramatic Arts

1950

He studied in Port Washington High School for about two years and then he joined Blair Academy and   Champlain College. He also got enrolled at American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he graduated from there in 1950.

Began his acting career

1951

He made his acting debut in 1950s by starring in the film Noir drama film Fourteen Hours. Two years later, he starred in the movies like Taxi and You Are There. In 1954, he appeared in the TV series Robert Montgomery Presents. 

Married to Gena Rowlands

April 9 , 1954

On 9th of April 1954, John got married to one of the most reputed American actress Gena Rowlands. Gena Rowlands is also a film director and she has been active in the film industry since the 1950s. As a husband and wife, they had three children together. 

First child, Nick Cassavetes

May 21 , 1959

An American actor and movie director, Nick Cassavetes is his first child. He was born on 21st of May 1959 in New York City, New York, United States. His mother is an American actress and director Gena Rowlands.

Second child, Alexandra Cassavetes

September 21 , 1965

He became father for the second time in his life in 1965. He and his wife Gena Rowlands welcomed their second child together on 21st of September and that time it was a daughter and they named her Alexandra Cassavetes.

Third child, Zoe Cassavetes

June 29 , 1970

A beautiful and multi talented lady, Zoe Cassavetes is the third child of Gena Rowlands and John Cassavetes. Zoe Cassavetes was born on 29th of June 1970 in Los Angeles, California, United States. She is an actress as well as a film director. 

Began his directorial career

1959

John Cassavetes was a film director from United States. After starring in several movies, he finally made his directorial debut in 1959 by being the director of the movie Shadows. He was also the writer and an editor of this movie. 

Appeared in the movie, The Dirty Dozen

1967

He was also popular in the film industry as an actor and screenwriter. He got his rise in fame in 1967 after she was seen playing the role of Victor Franko in an American war film The Dirty Dozen. He also got his first nomination in the awards like Academy Awards, USA and Golden Globes, USA from this role.

Won Berlin International Film Festival

1984

He got nominated in Berlin International Film Festival for the first time in his life in 1978. That year, he was nominated in this award for this role in the movie Opening Night. He was honored with this award for two times in 1984. 

Won Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalist

1984

In 1963, he got his first nomination in Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists for Best Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero). He was honored with this award two decades later for Best Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero). 

Won Venice Film Festival

1960

Till date he was nominated in Venice Film Festival for five different times in his life and out of these five nominations, he was honored with this award for four times. He won this award for the first time in 1960 for Parallel Sections. 

He died from cirrhosis of the liver

February 3 , 1989

At the age of 59, his health gets a serious turn as he was diagnosed of cirrhosis of the liver and he died of this disease on 3rd of February 1989. He was protected by his wife and his three lovely children during his death.