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John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes Portrait 1960

John Cassavetes – Portrait

John Cassavetes photographed by Duffy for the Vogue article “Shadows and Substance” by Mary Holland.  The piece was about Cassavetes first director credit for the 1959 improvisational film “Shadows.” The issue of Vogue was released on the 1st October 1960. The cover of the magazine was also shot by Duffy.

Born in New York in 1929, Cassavetes spent his early years in Greece before returning to the US. Graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1950. By 1956 he had began teaching an improvisational acting workshop in New York City.

Cassavetes went on to star as Victor Franko in “The Dirty Dozen” the cast of which Duffy shot for promotion in 1967. From there he starred in “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968) and “Love Streams” (1984). He became a pioneer of American Independent film, writing and directing over a dozen movies alongside his acting career. These were often self-financed.

He is survived by his three children Nick, Zoe, and Xan Cassavetes who are all filmmakers. There is also an award in his name called the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award.

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John Cassavetes Portrait 1960

John Cassavetes – Portrait