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BRINGING OUT THE DEAD

NICOLAS CAGE (Frank) received an Academy Award for his performance as a self-destructive alcoholic in Mike Figgis's "Leaving Las Vegas." He also received a Golden Globe as well as Best Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review.

Most recently Cage starred in Joel Schumacher's "Eight Millimeter," which co-stars Joaquin Phoenix, as well as Brian Da Palma's "Snake Eyes" and the hit romantic thriller "City of Angels" with Meg Ryan.

Cage received a Blockbuster Entertainment award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure movie for his performance in John Woo's hit thriller "Face Off." He also received three MTV Award nominations for the film. Cage also starred in "Con Air" with John Cusack and John Malkovich and "The Rock" with Sean Connery and Ed Harris.

Cage was raised in Long Beach, California until he was 12, after which he moved to San Francisco with his family. At age 15 he began acting and enrolled in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, where he appeared in the school's production of "Golden Boy." He later moved to Los Angeles, and, while still a high-school student, landed a role in the television film "The Best of Times." In 1983 he made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumblefish."

He subsequently appeared in such films as "Valley Girl," "Racing With the Moon," "The Cotton Club," "The Boy in Blue," "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Vampire's Kiss." It was his portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in Alan Parker's "Birdy" that first established him as an actor of remarkable depth and intensity. He followed this in 1987 with Norman Jewison's "Moonstruck," for which he again received raves as the romantically-inclined Italian-American baker who falls for Cher.

Cage has also collaborated with such directors as the Coen Brothers ("Raising Arizona"), Andrew Bergman ("It Could Happen to You," "Honeymoon in Vegas"), John Dahl (the sleeper "Red Rock West"), Barbet Schroeder ("Kiss of Death"), David Lynch ("Wild at Heart") and Hugh Wilson ("Guarding Tess").

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