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 The Notebook

The Notebook

2004 PG-13

Two young lovers are torn apart by war and class differences in the 1940s in this adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' best-selling novel. Their story is told by a man who, years later, reads from a notebook while he visits a woman in a nursing home.

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