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Also Known As: Nicholas David Rowland Died:
Born: May 21, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, novelist

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Nick Cassavetes began his career as a film and television actor, but made a stronger impact when he discovered his talent for writing and directing. He was born into independent film royalty as the son of Oscar-nominated writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands. Cassavetes' family tearjerkers "The Notebook" (2004) and "My Sister's Keeper" (2009) were a far cry from the cinéma vérité style favored by his father, though he shared a thematic interest in the unseen worlds lurking behind the American dream landscape in "She's So Lovely" (1997) and "Alpha Dog" (2007). True to the family name, Cassavetes was dedicated to building a body of character-driven dramas and bringing a great deal of emotion to the movie screen.

Nick Cassavetes began his career as a film and television actor, but made a stronger impact when he discovered his talent for writing and directing. He was born into independent film royalty as the son of Oscar-nominated writer-director-actor John Cassavetes and Oscar-nominated actress Gena Rowlands. Cassavetes' family tearjerkers "The Notebook" (2004) and "My Sister's Keeper" (2009) were a far cry from the cinéma vérité style favored by his father, though he shared a thematic interest in the unseen worlds lurking behind the American dream landscape in "She's So Lovely" (1997) and "Alpha Dog" (2007). True to the family name, Cassavetes was dedicated to building a body of character-driven dramas and bringing a great deal of emotion to the movie screen.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Alpha Dog (2006)
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  Notebook, The (2004) Director
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  John Q (2002) Director
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  She's So Lovely (1997) Director
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  Unhook the Stars (1996) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Gypsy Eyes (2004)
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 Independent, The (2000) Himself
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 Astronaut's Wife, The (1999) Alex Streck
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 Life (1999) Sargeant Dillard
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 Face/Off (1997) Dietrich Hassler
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 Machine Gun Blues (1996) Johnny Verona
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 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) Robert Sherwood
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 Twogether (1994) John Madler
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1974:
Made feature acting debut in "A Woman Under the Influence," directed by father John Cassavetes and starring mother Gena Rowlands
1980:
TV-movie debut, "Reunion" (CBS)
1985:
Landed first adult acting role in "Mask"
1990:
Made episodic TV debut on "The Marshall Chronicles" (ABC)
1994:
Played writer Robert Sherwood in "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
1996:
Feature directing debut, "Unhook the Stars"; starred his mother Gena Rowlands
1997:
Helmed "She's So Lovely" from an previously unproduced script by his father
2001:
Penned feature adaptation of "Blow," directed by Ted Demme and starring Johnny Depp
2002:
Helmed the thriller "John Q," starring Denzel Washington
2004:
Directed his mother Gena Rowlands in the film adaptation of "The Notebook," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
2007:
Wrote and directed crime drama "Alpha Dog"; film loosely based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, the youngest man ever to be on FBI's most wanted list
2009:
Directed film adaptation of "My Sister's Keeper," based on the novel by Jodi Picoult
2011:
Made small acting appearance as 'Tattoo Joe' in "The Hangover Part II"
2012:
Helmed drama feature "Yellow"; also co-wrote screenplay with wife Heather Wahlquist
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: Pasadena , California -
Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1977

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companion:
Heather Wahlquist. Actress. Engaged.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Cassavetes. Director, actor. Married Gena Rowlands on March 19, 1958; died on February 3, 1989.
mother:
Gena Rowlands. Actor. Married John Casavettes on March 19, 1958.
sister:
Alexandra Cassavetes. Actor. Born in September 1965.
sister:
Zoe Cassavetes. Actor, filmmaker, model. Born June 1970.
daughter:
Virginia Sara Cassavetes. Born on March 27, 1986.
daughter:
Sasha Cassavetes. Born on May 17, 1988; born with a congenital heart defect; underwent four major heart surgeries.
brother:
Frank Cassavetes. Actor.
grandmother:
Katherine Cassavetes. Actress.
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