Nicholas David Rowland “Nick” Cassavetes (born May 21, 1959) is an American film actor, screenwriter, and filmmaker.
Nick Cassavetes was born in New York City, New York, 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 originally 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.
In 1985, Cassavetes married Isabelle Rafalovich. They had two daughters together, Virginia Sara (born 1986) and Sasha (born 1988), before divorcing. He is currently married to Heather “Queenie” Wahlquist, who has appeared in several of his films, including a small role in the 2004 film adaptation of The Notebook. She appeared as Sara, a secondary character and best friend to the female lead Allie Hamilton, portrayed by Rachel McAdams.
He has appeared in the films Face/Off, The Wraith, Life, Class of 1999 II: The Substitute, Backstreet Dreams and The Astronaut’s Wife, among others. He has directed several films, including John Q, Alpha Dog, She’s So Lovely, Unhook the Stars, The Notebook, and My Sister’s Keeper. He also adapted the screenplay for Blow and wrote the dialogue for the Justin Timberlake music video “What Goes Around… Comes Around”.
Cassavetes came in 5th in the World Poker Tour Invitational Season 5 attempting an outrageous bluff. He is also appearing on season 5 of The Game Show Network’s (GSN) ‘High Stakes Poker'