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Nick Cassavetes was born in New York City, the son of actress Gena Rowlands and Greek-American actor and film director John Cassavetes. As a child, he appeared in two of his father's films: Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under the Influence (1974). After spending so much of his youth surrounded by the film industry, Cassavetes initially decided he did not want to go into the field. He instead attended Syracuse University on a basketball scholarship. His athletic career was effectively ended by an injury, and he decided to rethink his aspirations, ultimately deciding to attend his parents' alma mater, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. He has appeared in the films, Face/Off (1997), The Wraith (1986), Life (1999), Class of 1999 II: The Substitute (1994), Backstreet Dreams (1990) and The Astronaut's Wife (1999), among others. He has directed several films, including John Q (2002), Alpha Dog (2006), She's So Lovely (1997), Unhook the Stars (1996), The Notebook (2004), and My Sister's Keeper (2009). He also adapted the screenplay for Blow (2001) and wrote the dialogue for the Justin Timberlake music video, "What Goes Around... Comes Around". In 1985, Cassavetes married Isabelle Rafalovich. They had two daughters together, Virginia Cassavetes (Virginia Sara Cassavetes) (born in 1986) and Sasha Cassavetes (born in 1988), before divorcing. He then married Heather Wahlquist (Heather "Queenie" Wahlquist), who has appeared in several of his films, including a small role in The Notebook (2004) as Sara, a secondary character and best friend to the female lead Allie Hamilton, portrayed by Rachel McAdams. The movie is effectively a family project, as Cassavetes's own mother, Gena Rowlands, appears as the older, married Allie Calhoun.  See full bio on IMDb »

Nick Cassavetes Sues Over Gambling Debt

Nick Cassavetes
Sues Over Gambling Debt

Famed director Nick Cassavetes is going after one of his buddies ... suing him for a $72,000 check that bounced all over L.A -- and sources tell us it's a big fat gambling debt.The director of… READ MORE >

'Notebook' Director -- When A Man Loves a Sister

'Notebook' Director Says
Cool for a Man to Love a Sister

'Notebook' director Nick Cassavetes' comment that incest is okay could open the door ... to some long-delayed (and totally made up) Hollywood projects. Roll 'em!Check out TMZ on TV -- click here… READ MORE >

- 1922 days ago
Nick Cassavetes -- Incest Comments Will NOT Affect My Career

Nick Cassavetes
Incest Comments Will NOT Affect My Career

Director Nick Cassavetes tells TMZ, he isn't a politician ... he's an artist who makes movies -- and that's why his comments about brother-sister lovin' won't have a damned effect on his career.As… READ MORE >

- 1922 days ago
Director Nick Cassavetes -- I'm OK with Incest!

Director Nick Cassavetes
I'm OK with Incest!

Writer/director Nick Cassavetes supports the phrase "If you can't keep it in your pants, keep it in the family" ... claiming there's nothing wrong with a little incest. Cassavetes, whose new film… READ MORE >

- 1925 days ago
Celebrity Poker Scandal -- Texas Hold 'Em is Legal!

Celebrity Poker Scandal
Director Wants Suit Thrown Out Texas Hold 'Em is Legal!

The now-infamous Texas Hold 'Em celebrity poker games that have triggered a flurry of lawsuits has a new twist -- according to a famous player/director, the lawsuits are bogus because the game is… READ MORE >

- 2310 days ago
Celebrity Poker Circle -- Pay Up or GET OUT!

Celebrity Poker Circle -- Pay Up or GET OUT!

Tobey Maguire's super-exclusive high-stakes celebrity poker circle was SERIOUS when it came to cash -- in fact, TMZ has learned, if you didn't pay up ... you were blackballed for life.  A… READ MORE >

- 2367 days ago
'Hangover 2' Star: I Ain't Giving Back Poker Winnings

'Hangover 2' Star
I Ain't Giving Back Poker Winnings

"Hangover 2" star Nick Cassavetes says he ain't returning a single cent of the $73,000 he allegedly won from a convicted Ponzi-schemer during several celebrity-filled poker matches.Cassavetes'… READ MORE >

- 2371 days ago
'Gotti' Producer -- Arrivederci, Lindsay

'Gotti' Producer -- Arrivederci, Lindsay

Lindsay Lohan just lost the role that could have saved her career, because her management team was just impossible in negotiating with the producer of "Gotti: Three Generations."Executive Producer… READ MORE >

- 2434 days ago
'Gotti' Movie Takes a Hit -- New Director Wanted

'Gotti' Movie Takes a Hit -- New Director Wanted

John Travolta is looking for someone to call the shots on his new Gotti biopic because director Nick Cassavetes is no longer on board.According to sources close to the production of "Gotti: Three… READ MORE >

- 2435 days ago
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