Canadian actor John Cassini was born on September 2 (year unknown) in Toronto. When he was in his eighth grade at Central Tech High School, he grew a passion for a career in acting. But he was an athlete then and he was good at 4*100 relay. He received a scholarship from Simon Fraser Athletic Scholarship and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. His passion for his acting career was again ignited at Simon Fraser, Theatre program. John's teacher for acting was Julie Bovasso. He used to study in the daytime and then worked as the usher at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.

After a reasonable experience in acting associated with the TV and film projects, he entered the main stream roles with the Hollywood movie ‘Alive’. Soon he made the permanent move to Los Angeles where he got into The Actors Studio. He impressed the people there and managed to get the permanent membership in a very short time. He worked in the lead roles for some TV series and films and received positive criticism throughout his career. Then he appeared in a major role in the half hour comedy ‘Robson Arms’.

From the comedy characters, he moved on to the most action-oriented characters like detectives, criminals, etc. and this trend increased his demand on television and film industry. John Cassini didn't confine himself to the TV and films. He gave guest appearances in and around fifty movies and the best among them are in ‘The Eleventh Hour’, ‘NYPD Blue’, ‘ The Practice’, etc. His lead roles appear in the TV Series like ‘The Handler’, ‘Kingdom Hospital’, ‘ Brimstone’, etc. He has some big screen credits as well. His luminous efforts can be seen in the movies like ‘Break a Leg’ for which he produced, co-wrote and also acted. This film was a big hit those days, and it received many awards that year in many American Film Festivals.

John Cassini is the co-founder for the 3rd Street Theatre in Los Angeles. In the Pulitzer-Winning play Howie Corbett, he played the lead male role. All through his career, he received good criticism and is well acclaimed for his contribution to the film industry. He was honored with the Leo Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in Robson Arms. He received a Gemini nomination for the drama ‘Da Vinci's Inquest’. He also produced the new film version of ‘Hamlet’. In Canada, his self-produced independent movie ‘Hit 'n Strum’ which was a theatrical hit, received an outstanding response. Throughout his career, he has acted and worked for films, and has received world-class awards and entertained the global audience.

John Cassavetes English Actor

John Cassavetes

Greek-American writer, actor, producer and director John Nicholas Cassavetes, famously known as John Cassavetes was born on December 9, 1929, in New York City, USA. His parents were Katherine Cassavetes and Nicholas John Cassavetes. He was one of the directors who featured his mother Katherine Cassavetes in his films. He spent a few years in Greece and at the age of seven reached New York. He enrolled in Port Washington High School. Then he attended Blair Academy and then to Chaplain College where he was detained because of his academic performance. Finally, he studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. After his graduation in 1950, he tried raising funds from family and friends to produce the movie ‘Shadows’. It was his directorial debut. Though it was not a hit, he managed to release it on the reasonable grounds in America and then it released as an imported movie in Europe. He got the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival. In 1950's, he acted in some television series like ‘The Night Holds Terror’, TV dramas like ‘Crime in the Streets’, and in movies like ‘Edge of the City’, ‘Saddle the Wind’, etc. His role in a crime drama ‘Decoy’ is well acclaimed. He also worked with his wife Gena Rowlands in a few serials. John Cassavetes also appeared in the interview program Here's Hollywood. John Cassavetes directed two films in the early 1960's named ‘Too Late Blues’ and ‘A Child Is Waiting’. Though they couldn't do the best at the box office, John was not discouraged and continued acting. He appeared in guest roles in many of the TV series and TV dramas like ‘Rawhide’, ‘The Lloyd Bridges Show’, ‘Channing’, in which he portrayed the college life; ‘Breaking Point’, in which he played the role of a psychiatrist; ‘The Legend of Jesse James’. He appeared in some film roles in ‘The Killer’ and ‘The Dirty Dozen’, ‘The Fury’. For his role in ‘The Dirty Dozen’, he received the nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Eventually, he rose to the heights of ‘the Best’ in many categories. John Cassavetes has a very encouraging movie surrounded personal life. He introduced his wife in some of his films, and he took an interest in motivating their children towards film industry. He had married Gena Rowland on April 9, 1954. They had three children Nick Cassavetes, Alexandra Cassavetes, and Zoe Cassavetes. All his three children are into films. In 1968, he released ‘Faces’ which he independently produced and his wife Gena Rowland was portrayed in it. The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories. A Woman under the Influence is another movie for which Rowland received the Academy Award for Best Actress and Cassavetes received a nomination for the Best Director. He died because of cirrhosis of the liver at the age of 59 on February 3, 1989. He was the subject of some books too.


John Cazale

American actor John Holland Cazale famously known as John Cazale was born on August 12, 1935 in Revere, Massachusetts, U.S. His parents were Cecilia and John Cazale. He completed his high schooling at Buxton School, Massachusetts. As he was interested in studying drama, he went to Oberlin College and he graduated from Boston University. Soon, he moved to New York and there he worked as a messenger in Standard Oil and he met Al Pacino. Both of them were aspiring actors and they became lifelong friends from the time they spent in communal house. John Cazale and Al Pacino were starred in a one-act play ‘The Indian Wants the Bronx’, directed by Israel Horovitz. For this play, Al Pacino bagged the Obie Award for Best Actor and John Cazale received the Obie Award for Best Supporting Actor. The play was also a big hit. So, the duo Al Pacino and John Cazale started as merely friends and ended up being the actors for films, plays, and theaters. Surprisingly, they together acted in some films too. John Cazale didn't work for many films and TV shows or TV serials. He lived for around 40 years and featured in just five films in main roles. All the movies in which he starred were nominated for the Academy Awards. As Fredo Corleone, he appeared first in Francis Ford Coppola's ‘The Godfather’ which was released in 1972. With this role, many of the stars including John Cazale and Al Pacino became famous. Even the audience recognize his name with his role in ‘The Godfather.’ He continued his role in the sequel ‘The Godfather Part II’. Again the duo stars, Al Pacino and John Cazale, appeared in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ in 1975. For this role in the movie, he received the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor. Their fans remember them for their comedy in the film. John starred in a 1974 film ‘The Conversation’. It couldn't get much recognition as a film. But John's performance in the movie left a good impression on the audience. Later, he appeared in the film ‘The Godfather Part III’ which was also nominated for the best picture in Academy Awards. His role in ‘The Deer Hunter’ was a courageous one in which he acted when he was suffering badly. John Cazale is lucky in getting his life partner too. When John and Meryl Streep were working for ‘Measure for Measure’ in New York's Shakespeare Film Festival, he proposed Meryl and both of them got married. During John's last days, Meryl helped him with acting for the movie ‘The Deer Hunter’. He passed away on March 12, 1978.

John Cazale English Actor