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John Cale

Biography

Singer-songwriter and musician using the seminal rock-band The Velvet Underground, the group known for music like “Weekend Morning hours” and “Who all Loves SUNLIGHT?” He was attracted to traditional music and examined the genre at Goldsmiths University in the School of London. He was inducted in to the Stone Hall of Popularity in 1996 for his use The Velvet Underground. He was wedded to designer Betsey Johnson for under a calendar year. He collaborated with musician Lou Reed on many albums.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Cale
Date Of Birth March 9, 1942
Place Of Birth Wales
Height 1.8 m
Profession Rock Singer
Education University of London, Goldsmiths, University of London
Nationality British, Welsh
Spouse Risé Irushalmi, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Wells
Children Eden Cale
Parents Margaret Davies, Will Cale
Music Groups The Velvet Underground, Theatre of Eternal Music
Nominations Cesar Award for Best Original Score, Golden Osella for Best Score
Movies American Psycho, Basquiat, Something Wild, I Shot Andy Warhol, Somewhere in the City, Nico Icon, Caged Heat, Beautiful Mistake, La Naissance de l'amour, The Farewell, Rhinoceros Eyes, Don't Forget You're Going to Die, Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest, A Burning Hot Summer, Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart, Dal: Yma/Nawr, Women in Revolt, Who Am I This Time?, Y Mabinogi, Love Twice, The Houseguest, Wisconsin Death Trip, John Cale: An Exploration of His Life and Music, New Scenes from America, Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux Live MCMXCIII, Sport de filles, Primary Motive, About Face: The Story of the Jewish Refugee Soldiers of World War II, Heat, The King's Daughters, The Velvet Underground: Under Review, Paris Awakens, Antártida, Dick, House of America, Con Man, John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season, Night Wind, Words for the Dying, Salamandra, Love Me, Process, Ah Pook Is Here, Paul Sanchez est revenu!, Paris, The Virgin, N[eon], Straight and Narrow
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#Fact
1USA [June 2010]
2He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Music and to the Arts.
3Actress Eden Cale is his only daughter.
4Is portrayed by Patrick Wilson in Factory Girl (2006).
5Born exactly one week after The Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed.
6Married fashion designer Betsey Johnson in 1968; the wedding was delayed when Cale came down with hepatitis and had to go to the hospital. Photos of the wedding later appeared in "Vogue" magazine.
7Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Velvet Underground) in 1996.
8Played electric viola, bass, organ, and vibraphone with the Velvet Underground. After quitting the group Cage became a seminal producer, recording the highly influential first albums of The Stooges, Patti Smith, The Modern Lovers, and associate Nico.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cold CaseTV Series writer - 1 episode, 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2006
Adventureland2009writer: "Here She Comes Now"
Big Fan2009performer: "Big White Cloud" 1970 / writer: "Big White Cloud" 1970
Killshot2008performer: "Gun" / writer: "Gun"
Parashat Ha-ShavuaTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Memòries de la tele2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eye See Me2007writer: "Pusher Man" - as John W. Cale
Smokin' Aces2006"Big White Cloud" / performer: "Big White Cloud"
Brick2005writer: "Sister Ray"
Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants2004writer: "Sunday Morning"
Trollywood2004Documentary performer: "You Know More Than I Know" / writer: "Sunday Morning", "You Know More Than I Know"
Herr Lehmann2003writer: "Nervous and Blue"
School of Rock2003"Ride Into The Sun"
Paris2003performer: "Wilderness Approaching" / writer: "Wilderness Approaching"
Morvern Callar2002writer: "I'm Sticking With You"
Scrubs2001TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shabatot VeHagimTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Shrek2001performer: "Hallelujah" 1985
The Beach2000/Iwriter: "Spinning Away"
American Psycho2000performer: "Suicide" / writer: "Suicide"
Fögi Is a Bastard1998writer: "I'm waiting for the man"
Basquiat1996performer: "Hallelujah"
A Perfect Candidate1996Documentary performer: "Hallelujah"
Antártida1995lyrics: "Antarctica Stars Here", "Dead or Alive" / music: "Antarctica Stars Here", "Dead or Alive", "Animals at Night" / performer: "People Who Died" / writer: "Antártida", "Pasodoble morta Pasodoblues"
Nico Icon1995Documentary performer: "Frozen Warnings" / writer: "Afraid", "Le petit chevalier"
Les amoureux1994performer: "You Know More Than I Know" / writer: "You Know More Than I Know"
Stuff1993TV Short performer: "Hallelujah"
DAAS Kapital1991TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wonderland USA1989Short performer: "Heartbreak Hotel"
Sid and Nancy1986performer: "She Never Took No For An Answer" / writer: "She Never Took No For An Answer"
Heat1972music: "Days of Steam" / performer: "Days of Steam"
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Danny Says2015Documentary writer: "Little Sister"
Cobain: Montage of Heck2015Documentary writer: "Here She Comes Now"
The Missing2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Loop>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra2014Documentary short performer: "Opening Drone", "Mothra", "Gravel Drive", "December Rains" / writer: "Opening Drone", "Mothra", "Gravel Drive", "December Rains"
P.O.V.TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2014 writer - 1 episode, 2014
Orange Is the New Black2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
Offender2012writer: "Close Watch"
MisfitsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Sport de filles2011performer: "Pile à l'heure" / writer: "Pile à l'heure"
How to Make It in America2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Extra Man2010writer: "Sunday Morning"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sport de filles2011
A Burning Hot Summer2011
American Widow2009
About Face: The Story of the Jewish Refugee Soldiers of World War II2005Documentary
Process2004/I
Rhinoceros Eyes2003
Y Mabinogi2003
Paris2003
New Scenes from America2003Documentary short
Jc-032003Documentary short
Beautiful Mistake2000Documentary
Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer2000
Saint-Cyr2000
Love me2000
American Psycho2000
Die Jungfrau1999
Wisconsin Death Trip1999
Le vent de la nuit1999
Somewhere in the City1998
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest1997
Basquiat1996
I Shot Andy Warhol1996
Antártida1995
N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir1995
Ah Pook Is Here1994Short
Life Underwater1994
La naissance de l'amour1993
Primary Motive1992
Paris s'éveille1991
Songs for Drella1990Video
Dick: A Film by Jo Menell1989Documentary short
The Houseguest1989Short
Something Wild1986
American Playhouse1982TV Series 1 episode
Caged Heat1974
Heat1972
Women in Revolt1971
Straight and Narrow1970Short
Mary for Mary1966Documentary short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Twice2016Lester
The Bridge2014TV SeriesNecklace Seller
Salamandra2008Dick Winter
N[eon]2002ShortNarrator
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest1997Manager
Antártida1995Cale
The Houseguest1989ShortHubbley
Wonderland USA1989ShortLonely writer
The Equalizer1989TV SeriesAryan Leader
****1967Man (uncredited)
Dirt1965Short
Satisfaction1965Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BBC Proms2016TV Series arrangement - 1 episode
Con Man2003Documentary composer: additional music
Antártida1995music arranger / music producer / musician
The Virgin's Bed1969composer: song "The Falconer"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Car1966Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life Underwater1994

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Car1966Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season2003Video co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Blink - Robert Frank2015Documentary special thanks
Nico Icon1995Documentary very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Direct Action StoryDocumentary completedHimself
BBC Proms2016TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
Loop>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra2014Documentary shortHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHimself - Musical guest
Later... With Jools Holland1992-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Culture Show2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Week in Week Out2009TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Nightline2007TV SeriesHimself
Seven Ages of Rock2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory2007DocumentaryHimself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Punk: Attitude2005DocumentaryHimself
John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season2003VideoHimself
Dal: Yma/Nawr2003Documentary
New Scenes from America2003Documentary shortHimself - Musician
Jc-032003Documentary shortHimself
Jools's Hootenanny2001TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Beautiful Mistake2000DocumentaryHimself
Sonic Cinema2000TV SeriesHimself
John Cale: Les sequenteielles2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Camgymeriad Gwych2000DocumentaryHimself
The Jack Docherty Show1999TV SeriesHimself
American Masters1998TV Series documentaryHimself
John Cale1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Arena: The Banana1997Documentary shortHimself
Synesthesia1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Nulle part ailleurs1996TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-1996TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1996TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dancing in the Street1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Dancing Barefoot1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Nico Icon1995DocumentaryHimself
Life Underwater1994Himself
Curious: The Velvet Underground in Europe1993DocumentaryHimself
Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux Live MCMXCIII1993VideoHimself
Songs for Drella1990VideoHimself
Words for the Dying1990DocumentaryHimself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches1990TV SeriesHimself
Fondation Cartier1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHimself
Sunday Night1989TV SeriesHimself
Put More Blood Into the Music1987Documentary
The South Bank Show1986TV Series documentaryHimself
The Old Grey Whistle Test1985TV SeriesHimself
La edad de oro1985TV SeriesHimself
Estoc de pop1984TV SeriesHimself
Rockpalast1983-1984TV SeriesHimself
Musik Convoy1984TV SeriesHimself
Musical express1981TV SeriesHimself
Walden1969Documentary
Exploding Plastic Inevitable1967Documentary shortHimself
The Velvet Underground in Boston1967ShortHimself
Screen Test #31966ShortHimself (uncredited)
Screen Test #41966ShortHimself (uncredited)
The Velvet Underground and Nico1966DocumentaryHimself
Moe Gets Tied Up1966DocumentaryHimself
Sunday Morning1966ShortHimself
The Velvet Underground Eat Lunch1966ShortHimself
The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards1966DocumentaryHimself
Venus in Furs1965ShortHimself
I've Got a Secret1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present2016DocumentaryHimself
Ochéntame... otra vez2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Memòries de la tele2007TV SeriesHimself
Velvet Underground: Under Review2006Video documentaryHimself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Music (Meilleure musique)Saint-Cyr (2000)


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1The only reason we wore sunglasses onstage was because we couldn't stand the sight of the audience.


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