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John Cassavetes Height, Weight, Age, Family, Biography

John Cassavetes Quick Info
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 67 kg
Date of Birth December 9, 1929
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Date of Death February 3, 1989

John Cassavetes was a talented American filmmaker and actor who is celebrated for pioneering American cinema verit√© and is most renowned for directing films like Shadows (1959), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Gloria (1980), Love Streams (1984), Opening Night (1977), Faces (1968), etc. Furthermore, he gave noteworthy performances as an actor in films such as Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Fury (1978), etc.

Born Name

John Nicholas Cassavetes

Nick Name

John

John Cassavetes seen as the character Johnny Staccato from the 1959 television series of the same name
John Cassavetes seen as the character Johnny Staccato from the 1959 television series of the same name (NBC Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on December 9, 1929.

Died

He passed away at the age of 59 years due to complications arising from cirrhosis of the liver in Los Angeles, California, on February 3, 1989.

Sun Sign

Sagittarius

Born Place

New York City, New York, United States

Nationality

American

 

Occupation

Actor, Filmmaker

Family

  • Father – Nicholas John Cassavetes
  • Mother – Katherine Demetre (Actress)
  • Siblings – He had an older brother.

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 7 in or 170 cm

Weight

67 kg or 148 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

John Cassavetes had dated –

  1. Gena Rowlands (1953-1989) – He married actress Gena Rowlands on April 9, 1954, after meeting and falling in love with her the previous year. The couple frequently collaborated together including on films like A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Gloria (1980), Opening Night (1977), among many others. They were parents to 3 children: son Nick Cassavetes (b. May 21, 1959) and daughters Alexandra Cassavetes and Zoe Cassavetes (b. June 29, 1970). The two stayed together until John’s death on February 3, 1989.
John Cassavetes and his wife Gena Rowlands as seen in 1959
John Cassavetes and his wife Gena Rowlands as seen in 1959 (The Bureau of Industrial Service for NBC-TV / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

Race / Ethnicity

White

He had Greek ancestry.

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Green

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Directed his films in a documentary style

John Cassavetes as seen in the trailer from the movie Edge of the City
John Cassavetes as seen in the trailer from the movie Edge of the City (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer / Wikimedia / Public Domain)

John Cassavetes Facts

  1. He was considered to play the character of Tom Hagen in Francis Ford Coppola‘s masterpiece, The Godfather (1972) before Robert Duvall landed the part.
  2. Cassavetes had directed 3 actors: Seymour Cassel, Lynn Carlin, and Gena Rowlands to Oscar-nominated performances. Cassel for his role as Chet in Faces (1968), Lynn Carlin for playing Maria Forst in Faces (1968), and Gena Rowlands for starring as Mabel Longhetti in A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria Swenson in Gloria (1980).
  3. In 1984, he starred as the onscreen brother of his real-life spouse Gena Rowlands in his penultimate directorial film, Love Streams. The film was awarded the ‘Golden Bear’ at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival.
  4. The Library of Congress included 3 of John’s directed films in the National Film Registry for being ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant:¬†Shadows (1958), Faces (1968), and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). Additionally, Rosemary’s Baby (1968) is his only film as an actor that is included in the registry.
  5. In 2013, the New Yorker Magazine called him “may be the most influential American director of the last half-century”.
  6. Ben Gazzara, who was one of John’s closest friends, died on his 23rd death anniversary i.e., February 3, 2012.
  7. The Thessaloniki Film Festival features a screening room that is named after him in his honor.

Featured Image by NBC Television / Wikimedia / Public Domain

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