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Age59 (age at death)
Birthday 9 December, 1929
Birthplace New York City, New York, USA
Died 3 February, 1989
Place of Death Los Angeles, California, USA
Height 5' 7" (170 cm)
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Black
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality American
Occupation Film Director
Claim to Fame Pioneer of American independent film
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John Nicholas Cassavetes (; December 9, 1929 – February 3, 1989) was an American actor, film director, and screenwriter of Greek descent. Cassavetes was a pioneer of American independent film, writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he partially self-financed, and pioneered the use of improvisation and a cinéma vérité style. He also acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). He studied acting with Don Richardson, utilizing an alternative technique to method acting which privileged character over traditional narrative. His income from acting made it possible for him to direct his own films independently.

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