JAMES CAVIEZEL (John Sullivan) recently appeared in Ang Lee's Civil War
story Ride With The Devil. Last year, he came to critical attention in
Terrence Malick's OscarĀ®-nominated The Thin Red Line, in which he
portrayed Pvt. Witt, the Kentucky-born idealist and former regimental boxer who
goes AWOL only to later rejoin the Company he loves.
Growing up in rural Mount Vernon, Washington, acting was far from Caviezel's
mind. While still in his teens, however, he decided to test his abilities by
auditioning in Seattle for a small part as an Italian ticket agent in Gus Van
Sant's My Own Private Idaho. He landed the role by fooling casting
agents into believing he was a recent Italian immigrant.
Caviezel then moved to California and shortly thereafter was cast as one of
the ten boxers in Michael Ritchie's con caper, Diggstown. In 1993, he
declined his acceptance to Julliard because he had won the role of Kevin
youngest brother in Wyatt Earp. His other film credits include Ridley
Scott's G.I. Jane and The Rock, as well as the telefilm
"Children of the Dust."
Later this year, Caviezel will be seen in Madison, a true story about
the economically depressed community of Madison, Indiana and their desire to win
a Gold Cup hydroplane boat race to be held in their small town. He is currently
in production on the current Mimi Leder directed Pay It Forward. He plays
a homeless recovering heroin addict taken by a boy looking to start a program of
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