skip navigation
John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes



TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (1)

Recent DVDs

The Fury DVD ... A psychic girl helps a spy find his psychic son, kidnapped by a renegade... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Johnny... This set features episodes from City Hall a charming comedy about a politician... more info $26.98was $26.98 Buy Now

Two-Minute... A football fan's worst nightmare! There are 91,000 people and only 33 exits in... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

The Dirty... They are convicts, psychos, lunkheads, losers -- and champs at the box office... more info $7.99was $12.98 Buy Now

Shadows: The... Three siblings deal with the prejudices against their race in three unique ways.... more info $29.95was $29.95 Buy Now

Faces: The... John Cassavetes examines a couple's struggle with infidelity in this somber... more info $39.95was $39.95 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: February 3, 1989
Born: December 9, 1929 Cause of Death: cirrhosis of the liver
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ... director actor playwright producer screenwriter sports announcer assistant stage manager acting teacher


Primarily known as an actor early in his career, John Cassavetes would later be regarded as one of the most daring and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century, attributed by many as the artist who shaped the current definition of independent film. As a young performer, Cassavetes found his early roles in mainstream productions like "Edge of the City" (1957) creatively unsatisfying. Determined to prove he could do better, he embarked on a three-year odyssey that yielded his debut as a writer-director - the racial identity drama "Shadows" (1959). Though not a commercial hit, "Shadows" earned Cassavetes enough critical acclaim to attract Hollywood, although the resulting films left him chaffing under the control of the studio system. In response, Cassavetes created a system of his own - one in which he would act in major productions like "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) in order to fund independent endeavors of his own. Over the course of the next 15 years Cassavetes wrote, directed and occasionally performed in such thought-provoking works as "Faces" (1968), "Husbands" (1970), "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974), "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976), "Gloria" (1980) and "Love Streams" (1984). Each film featured some combination of his frequent acting collaborators, including wife Gena Rowlands, Peter Falk, Ben Gazzara and Seymour Cassel. While professional acting was a mere means to an end, Cassavetes pursued his own artistic truth and provided audiences with new experiences through his deeply personal films.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute