Photo of Nick Cassavetes Nick Cassavetes

Born May 21, 1959, in New York to filmmaker John Cassavetes and actress Gena Rowlands, Nick Cassavetes was in no hurry to enter the family business, until an injury cut short his college basketball career and he shifted his focus to acting.

After making his big-screen debut in Mask (1985), Cassavetes spent the next decade acting in a string of B movies. By the mid-1990s, however, he found mainstream success in big-budget films such as Face/Off and The Astronaut's Wife.

At the same time, Cassavetes began to make his mark behind the camera, directing his mother in Unhook the Stars and then tapping one of his father's unproduced screenplays for She's So Lovely (Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn), nominated for the Palme d'Or. Since then, he's continued to split his time in front of and behind the camera, directing John Q, The Notebook and Alpha Dog.

Nick Cassavetes in My Sister's Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

2009 PG-13

A former defense attorney finds herself back in the courtroom when she and her husband are sued for medical emancipation by their 11-year-old daughter, who's expected to donate a kidney to her dying older sister.

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  • Nick Cassavetes in The Other Woman The Other Woman
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  • Nick Cassavetes in Face/Off Face/Off
  • Nick Cassavetes in Alpha Dog Alpha Dog
  • Nick Cassavetes in Mask: Director's Cut Mask: Director's Cut
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  • Nick Cassavetes in John Q John Q
  • Nick Cassavetes in The Astronaut's Wife The Astronaut's Wife
  • Nick Cassavetes in Life Life
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  • Nick Cassavetes in The Independent The Independent
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