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
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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