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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 and Daughter Barbie Grab Lunch Day After Custody Victory

Nick Cassavetes
Out to Lunch with Daughter Day After Custody Win

Nick Cassavetes and his daughter are back together in L.A. ... and grabbed some lunch to celebrate their reunion. "The Notebook" director and his 12-year-old girl, Barbie, were spotted at Jerry's… READ MORE >

Nick Cassavetes Wins Custody of Daughter Barbie

Nick Cassavetes
Wins Custody of Daughter Barbie

Nick Cassavetes has won a major victory -- he has his child back after claiming his baby mama stole their child from him ... TMZ has learned. Nick appeared in an Oklahoma courtroom Friday to… READ MORE >

- 446 days ago
Nick Cassavetes, Judge Denies Emergency Custody Petition

Nick Cassavetes
Judge Denies Emergency Custody Petition

2:39 PM PT -- Heather has since filed her own emergency petition for custody ... in it, she asks the judge demand Nick submit to drug testing. She also claims Nick hosts a variety of high… READ MORE >

- 446 days ago
Nick Cassavetes' Baby Mama Says Nick Needs to 'Get a Grip'

Nick Cassavetes
Baby Mama Says ... Nick Needs to 'Get a Grip'

Nick Cassavetes' baby mama Heather Wahlquist says she wants 100% custody of their 13-year-old daughter until Nick cleans up his act. Heather appeared on "TMZ Live" Wednesday and chronicled what… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
Nick Cassavetes Claims Their Daughter Was Outright Stolen by Baby Mama (UPDATE)

Nick Cassavetes
My Baby Mama Outright Stole Our Daughter

11:11 AM PT -- Nick has filed legal docs asking the judge to penalize Heather's mother and aunt for allegedly conspiring with Heather to steal his child. He wants more than $10,000 in penalties… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
Nick Cassavetes is Evil and Out for Revenge Says Grandmother of His Child

Nick Cassavetes
He's Evil and Out for Revenge ... Says Grandmother of His Child

Nick Cassavetes is the embodiment of evil who has waged a campaign of revenge against his ex-wife for leaving him ... this according to the ex-wife's mother. Linda Massad tells TMZ the famed… READ MORE >

- 449 days ago
Nick Cassavetes' Ex-Wife Says He's a 'Bully' and She Took Their Kid Out of Fear

Nick Cassavetes
Ex-Wife Says He's a 'Bully' Claims She Took Their Child Out of Fear

Nick Cassavetes' ex-wife has fired back at him after he accused her of stealing their child ... she says the famed director has engaged in shocking conduct that has forced her and her daughter… READ MORE >

- 450 days ago
Famed Director Nick Cassavetes, My Estranged Wife Stole Our Child

Nick Cassavetes
My Estranged Wife Stole Our Child

'Notebook' director Nick Cassavetes is on the hunt for his 13-year-old daughter, whom he says has disappeared ... and he says it's all a diabolical plot by his estranged wife. Law enforcement… READ MORE >

- 450 days ago
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 >

- 1918 days ago
'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 >

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