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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
1 USA [June 2010]
2 He 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.
3 Actress Eden Cale is his only daughter.
4 Is portrayed by Patrick Wilson in Factory Girl (2006).
5 Born exactly one week after The Velvet Underground bandmate Lou Reed.
6 Married 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.
7 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Velvet Underground) in 1996.
8 Played 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 Case TV Series writer - 1 episode, 2009 performer - 1 episode, 2006
Adventureland 2009 writer: "Here She Comes Now"
Big Fan 2009 performer: "Big White Cloud" 1970 / writer: "Big White Cloud" 1970
Killshot 2008 performer: "Gun" / writer: "Gun"
Parashat Ha-Shavua TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Eye See Me 2007 writer: "Pusher Man" - as John W. Cale
Smokin' Aces 2006 "Big White Cloud" / performer: "Big White Cloud"
Brick 2005 writer: "Sister Ray"
Ils se marièrent et eurent beaucoup d'enfants 2004 writer: "Sunday Morning"
Trollywood 2004 Documentary performer: "You Know More Than I Know" / writer: "Sunday Morning", "You Know More Than I Know"
Herr Lehmann 2003 writer: "Nervous and Blue"
School of Rock 2003 "Ride Into The Sun"
Paris 2003 performer: "Wilderness Approaching" / writer: "Wilderness Approaching"
Morvern Callar 2002 writer: "I'm Sticking With You"
Scrubs 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shabatot VeHagim TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2001 writer - 1 episode, 2001
Shrek 2001 performer: "Hallelujah" 1985
The Beach 2000/I writer: "Spinning Away"
American Psycho 2000 performer: "Suicide" / writer: "Suicide"
Fögi Is a Bastard 1998 writer: "I'm waiting for the man"
Basquiat 1996 performer: "Hallelujah"
A Perfect Candidate 1996 Documentary performer: "Hallelujah"
Antártida 1995 lyrics: "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 Icon 1995 Documentary performer: "Frozen Warnings" / writer: "Afraid", "Le petit chevalier"
Les amoureux 1994 performer: "You Know More Than I Know" / writer: "You Know More Than I Know"
Stuff 1993 TV Short performer: "Hallelujah"
DAAS Kapital 1991 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wonderland USA 1989 Short performer: "Heartbreak Hotel"
Sid and Nancy 1986 performer: "She Never Took No For An Answer" / writer: "She Never Took No For An Answer"
Heat 1972 music: "Days of Steam" / performer: "Days of Steam"
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Danny Says 2015 Documentary writer: "Little Sister"
Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015 Documentary writer: "Here She Comes Now"
The Missing 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Loop>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra 2014 Documentary 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 Black 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Offender 2012 writer: "Close Watch"
Misfits TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Sport de filles 2011 performer: "Pile à l'heure" / writer: "Pile à l'heure"
How to Make It in America 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Extra Man 2010 writer: "Sunday Morning"

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sport de filles 2011
A Burning Hot Summer 2011
American Widow 2009
About Face: The Story of the Jewish Refugee Soldiers of World War II 2005 Documentary
Process 2004/I
Rhinoceros Eyes 2003
Y Mabinogi 2003
Paris 2003
New Scenes from America 2003 Documentary short
Jc-03 2003 Documentary short
Beautiful Mistake 2000 Documentary
Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer 2000
Saint-Cyr 2000
Love me 2000
American Psycho 2000
Die Jungfrau 1999
Wisconsin Death Trip 1999
Le vent de la nuit 1999
Somewhere in the City 1998
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest 1997
Basquiat 1996
I Shot Andy Warhol 1996
Antártida 1995
N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir 1995
Ah Pook Is Here 1994 Short
Life Underwater 1994
La naissance de l'amour 1993
Primary Motive 1992
Paris s'éveille 1991
Songs for Drella 1990 Video
Dick: A Film by Jo Menell 1989 Documentary short
The Houseguest 1989 Short
Something Wild 1986
American Playhouse 1982 TV Series 1 episode
Caged Heat 1974
Heat 1972
Women in Revolt 1971
Straight and Narrow 1970 Short
Mary for Mary 1966 Documentary short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Twice 2016 Lester
The Bridge 2014 TV Series Necklace Seller
Salamandra 2008 Dick Winter
N[eon] 2002 Short Narrator
Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest 1997 Manager
Antártida 1995 Cale
The Houseguest 1989 Short Hubbley
Wonderland USA 1989 Short Lonely writer
The Equalizer 1989 TV Series Aryan Leader
**** 1967 Man (uncredited)
Dirt 1965 Short
Satisfaction 1965 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BBC Proms 2016 TV Series arrangement - 1 episode
Con Man 2003 Documentary composer: additional music
Antártida 1995 music arranger / music producer / musician
The Virgin's Bed 1969 composer: song "The Falconer"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Car 1966 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Life Underwater 1994

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Car 1966 Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season 2003 Video co-producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Blink - Robert Frank 2015 Documentary special thanks
Nico Icon 1995 Documentary very special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Direct Action Story Documentary completed Himself
BBC Proms 2016 TV Series Himself
Lennon or McCartney 2014 Documentary short Himself
Loop>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra 2014 Documentary short Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Himself - Musical guest
Later... With Jools Holland 1992-2012 TV Series Himself
The Culture Show 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Week in Week Out 2009 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Nightline 2007 TV Series Himself
Seven Ages of Rock 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Once Upon a Time in New York: the Birth of Hip Hop, Disco and Punk 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory 2007 Documentary Himself
Musikprogrammet - programmet om musik 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Punk: Attitude 2005 Documentary Himself
John Cale: Fragments of a Rainy Season 2003 Video Himself
Dal: Yma/Nawr 2003 Documentary
New Scenes from America 2003 Documentary short Himself - Musician
Jc-03 2003 Documentary short Himself
Jools's Hootenanny 2001 TV Series Himself
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Beautiful Mistake 2000 Documentary Himself
Sonic Cinema 2000 TV Series Himself
John Cale: Les sequenteielles 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Making of Camgymeriad Gwych 2000 Documentary Himself
The Jack Docherty Show 1999 TV Series Himself
American Masters 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
John Cale 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Arena: The Banana 1997 Documentary short Himself
Synesthesia 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 1996 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-1996 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1996 TV Series Himself - Guest
Dancing in the Street 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Dancing Barefoot 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Rock & Roll 1995 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Nico Icon 1995 Documentary Himself
Life Underwater 1994 Himself
Curious: The Velvet Underground in Europe 1993 Documentary Himself
Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux Live MCMXCIII 1993 Video Himself
Songs for Drella 1990 Video Himself
Words for the Dying 1990 Documentary Himself
Lunettes noires pour nuits blanches 1990 TV Series Himself
Fondation Cartier 1990 TV Movie documentary Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1989 TV Series Himself
Sunday Night 1989 TV Series Himself
Put More Blood Into the Music 1987 Documentary
The South Bank Show 1986 TV Series documentary Himself
The Old Grey Whistle Test 1985 TV Series Himself
La edad de oro 1985 TV Series Himself
Estoc de pop 1984 TV Series Himself
Rockpalast 1983-1984 TV Series Himself
Musik Convoy 1984 TV Series Himself
Musical express 1981 TV Series Himself
Walden 1969 Documentary
Exploding Plastic Inevitable 1967 Documentary short Himself
The Velvet Underground in Boston 1967 Short Himself
Screen Test #3 1966 Short Himself (uncredited)
Screen Test #4 1966 Short Himself (uncredited)
The Velvet Underground and Nico 1966 Documentary Himself
Moe Gets Tied Up 1966 Documentary Himself
Sunday Morning 1966 Short Himself
The Velvet Underground Eat Lunch 1966 Short Himself
The Velvet Underground Tarot Cards 1966 Documentary Himself
Venus in Furs 1965 Short Himself
I've Got a Secret 1963 TV Series Himself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present 2016 Documentary Himself
Ochéntame... otra vez 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Memòries de la tele 2007 TV Series Himself
Velvet Underground: Under Review 2006 Video documentary Himself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 César César Awards, France Best Music (Meilleure musique) Saint-Cyr (2000)


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


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