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John Cassavetes (1929–1989)

John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as John Nicholas Cassavetes. He was an actor and director, known for Rosemary's Baby (1968), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and Opening Night (1977). He was married to Gena Rowlands. He died on February 3, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Rosemary's Baby
Rosemary's Baby Guy Woodhouse
The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen Victor Franko
Opening Night
Opening Night Maurice Aarons
Love Streams
Love Streams Robert Harmon


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 1985 King Kongs Faust
Berlin Film Fest Footage (uncredited)
 1985 Nederland C (TV Movie)
Portret van de acteur / cineast
 1983 Marvin & Tige
Marvin Stewart
 1982 The Haircut (Short)
Music Industry Executive
 1982 Tempest
 1982 The Incubus
Sam Cordell
 1981 Whose Life Is It Anyway?
Dr. Michael Emerson
 1979 Flesh & Blood (TV Movie)
Gus Caputo
 1978 Brass Target
Maj. Joe De Lucca
 1977 Heroes
VA Doctor (uncredited)
 1976 Mikey and Nicky
Nicky Godalin
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
Sgt. Button
 1973 Nightside (TV Movie)
Carmine Kelly
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Alex Benedict
 1971 Minnie and Moskowitz
Jim (uncredited)
 1969 Machine Gun McCain
Hank McCain
 1968 Alexander the Great (TV Movie)
 1967 Devil's Angels
 1965-1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Harrybell / Lou Rutledge / Sergeant Lee Harmon
- Free of Charge (1967) ... Harrybell
- Wind Fever (1966) ... Lou Rutledge
- The Fliers (1965) ... Sergeant Lee Harmon
 1966 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Tim Demming
- The Intruders (1966) ... Tim Demming
 1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Jonah MacIntosh
- Long Ride to Wind River (1966) ... Jonah MacIntosh
 1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (TV Series)
Everett Lang
- The Peacemaker (1965) ... Everett Lang
 1965 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Blackie Dolan
- The Quest (1965) ... Blackie Dolan
 1965 Combat! (TV Series)
- S.I.W. (1965) ... Kalb
 1964-1965 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Alfred Algeron / Stephen Collins / Carlos de Vega / ...
- Who Killed Hamlet? (1965) ... Stephen Collins
- Who Killed Don Pablo? (1964) ... Carlos de Vega
- Who Killed Annie Foran? (1964) ... Eddie Dineen
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Peter Chandler
- Won't It Ever Be Morning? (1965) ... Peter Chandler
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
- John Peter Altgeld (1965) ... Parsons
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Rusty Connors / Lee Griffin
- Water's Edge (1964) ... Rusty Connors
- Murder Case (1964) ... Lee Griffin
 1964 The Killers
Johnny North
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Evan Price
 1963 Channing (TV Series)
Lloyd Sullivan
- Message from the Tin Room (1963) ... Lloyd Sullivan
 1963 A Child Is Waiting
Retarded Adult Who Walks Toward Camera (unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1962 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Makin Saund
- The Visitors (1962) ... Makin Saund
 1962 The Lloyd Bridges Show (TV Series)
- El Medico (1962) ... Castigo
 1962 The Webster Boy
Vance Miller
 1961 Too Late Blues
On-Screen Trailer Host & Narrator (uncredited)
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Cal Fletcher
- Incident Near Gloomy River (1961) ... Cal Fletcher
 1959 Shadows
Pedestrian (uncredited)
 1959 Decoy (TV Series)
Carl Walton
- Across the World (1959) ... Carl Walton (as Nick Colasanto)
 1959 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Christo Sierra
- The Dreamer (1959) ... Christo Sierra
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- Train for Tecumseh (1959) ... Johnny
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
Sam Caldwell
- Calculated Risk (1958) ... Sam Caldwell
 1958 Alcoa Theatre (TV Series)
Tony Benedetti
- The First Star (1958) ... Tony Benedetti
 1958 Our Virgin Island
 1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Private Paul Greco
- Kurishiki Incident (1958) ... Private Paul Greco
 1958 Saddle the Wind
Tony Sinclair
 1957 Affair in Havana
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Dexter Green
 1957 The O. Henry Playhouse (TV Series)
- Two Renegades (1957)
 1957 Edge of the City
Axel Nordmann
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Abel Wintery / McCloud
- Savage Portrait (1956) ... Abel Wintery
- No Right to Kill (1956) ... McCloud
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Max Markheim
- The Last Patriarch (1956) ... Max Markheim
 1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Sam Cobbett
- You Got to Have Luck (1956) ... Sam Cobbett
 1956 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
- Bring Me a Dream (1956) ... Johnny
 1955 The Night Holds Terror
Robert Batsford
 1955 Ponds Theater (TV Series)
- Coquette (1955)
 1955 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Arthur / Clay Cochran
- Time for Love (1955) ... Arthur
- Buckskin (1955) ... Clay Cochran
- Ladders of Lies (1955)
 1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Private Tommy Fitch / Frankie Dane
- Combat Medics (1955) ... Private Tommy Fitch
 1955 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
 1954-1955 Danger (TV Series)
- Wire Tap (1955)
- Lonesome Road (1954)
 1954 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
- Diary (1954)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
 1953 Taxi
Bit Role (uncredited)
 1951 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
First Guard
- The Sire de Maletroit's Door (1951) ... First Guard
 1951 Fourteen Hours
Bit Part (uncredited)
Show Show Director (16 credits)
Show Show Writer (14 credits)
Show Show Editor (3 credits)
Show Show Producer (2 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (13 credits)
Show Show Self (27 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (16 credits)

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8 Biographical Movies | 5 Print Biographies | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Nick Colasanto


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In the last couple of decades or so, something has happened to the American dream. I don't quite know what it is, and it's still not very clear in my mind. Confusion has replaced patriotism. The intellect has replaced love. If something doesn't make money, no one is interested. Everything is for sale. Emotions are sold. Sex is sold. Everything is sex. Cars, women, clothes, your face, your hands, ... See more »


He and his good friend Ben Gazzara made 5 movies together: Husbands (1970), Capone (1975), If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium (1969), Opening Night (1977) and The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) See more »


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