John Cassavetes

Birth Name:
John Nicholas Cassavetes
Birth Date:
December 9, 1929
Birth Place:
New York City, New York
Death Date:
February 3, 1989
Place of Death:
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Cause of Death:
Cirrhosis of the liver
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Primarily known as an actor early in his career, John Cassavetes would later be regarded by some as one of the most daring and influential filmmakers of the 20th Century and contributed as an artist who shaped the current definition of independent films. Tired of being under the control of the studio system, Cassavetes created a system of his own - one in which he would act in major productions like "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) and "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) in order to fund independent endeavors of his own. Over the course of the next 15 years Cassavetes wrote, directed and occasionally performed in such thought-provoking works as "Faces" (1968), "Husbands" (1970), "Minnie and Moskowitz" (1971), "A Woman Under the Influence" (1974) and "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976). Sadly his talent and life drowned in a sea of alcohol abuse.

Fun Fact

John Cassavetes, Peter Falk, and Ben Gazzara appeared together on The Dick Cavett Show to promote their movie, “Husbands” directed by Cassavetes. The three agreed beforehand to not answer any questions for Cavett when they came out for their interview. The three came out with cocktails in hand, talking to each other and finding reasons to fall on the floor with each other. Cavett went on to state this was the worst show of his career.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


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Grave Location Description

As you drive into the cemetery drive straight ahead and park near the office (or anywhere you please). Now walk back towards the gate to the small lawn section on the right of the entrance where the large Armand Hammer mausoleum sits. John is buried in this small section along with Eva Gabor, Don Knotts and Mel Torme.



Grave Location GPS

34.058584, -118.441599



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