John Nicholas Cassavetes ( December 9, 1929 - February 3, 1989) was an American actor, screenwriter and filmmaker. He acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Dirty Dozen (1967). Cassevetes was also a pioneer of American independent film by writing and directing over a dozen movies, which he financed in part with his Hollywood paychecks, and which pioneered the use of improvisation and a realistic style. He studied acting with the legendary Don Richardson, using an acting technique based on muscle memory. He was the father of Nick Cassavetes.
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