One of the most versatile and popular actors of his
generation, NICOLAS CAGE (Roy) recently earned his second Academy Award
nomination for Best Actor and his fourth Golden Globe nomination for his role in
the acclaimed Spike Jonze comedy "Adaptation".
Cage won the 1995 Best Actor Oscar for his riveting performance as a suicidal
alcoholic in "Leaving Las Vegas", a role that also earned him a Golden
Globe and Best Actor honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the
National Board of Review, the National Society of Film Critics and the Screen
Actors Guild, as well as nominations from BAFTA and the Independent Spirit
Born in Long Beach, California, Cage moved to San Francisco as a teen and
enrolled in a summer acting class at the American Conservatory Theatre.
After returning to Los Angeles, he attended Beverly Hills
High School, during which he made his professional acting debut in the 1981
telefilm "The Best of Times" before getting his start on the big
screen in a pair of acclaimed teenage comedies - a small role in "Fast
Times at Ridgemont High" and a starring role in the hit romantic comedy
"Valley Girl". That same year he played the supporting part of Smoky,
Matt Dillon's lieutenant, in Francis Ford Coppola's "Rumble Fish",
followed by larger roles in Richard Benjamin's romantic drama "Racing
With the Moon" and Coppola's 1984 gangster epic "The Cotton
Cage's portrayal of a tortured Vietnam vet in "Birdy" established
his place as one of the industry's new dramatic talents. Directed by Alan
Parker, "Birdy" won the Jury Prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival.
Cage next reunited with Coppola on the Oscar-nominated comedy "Peggy Sue
Got Married", then went on to earn his first Golden Globe Award as Best
Actor for his turn as Cher's lover in Norman Jewison's Oscar-winning comedy,
"Moonstruck". He played opposite Holly Hunter in the Coen Brothers'
cult favorite "Raising Arizona", then opposite Laura Dern in David
Lynch's bizarre thriller, "Wild at Heart" (winner of the 1990 Cannes
Film Festival's Palm d'Or). He earned another Golden Globe nomination for
his next role in Andrew Bergman's 1992 comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas",
co-starring Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan.
More recently, Cage has collaborated with one of Hollywood's most successful
producers, Jerry Bruckheimer, on such action hits as "Gone in Sixty
Seconds", "Con Air" and "The Rock". He has also worked
with such acclaimed directors as John Woo ("Windtalkers",
"Face/Off"), John Madden ("Captain Correlli's Mandolin"),
Brett Ratner ("The Family Man"), Joel Schumacher ("Eight
Millimeter"), John Dahl ("Red Rock West"), Barbet Schroeder
("Kiss of Death"), Brian De Palma ("Snake Eyes"), Brad
Silberling ("City of Angels") and Martin Scorsese ("Bringing Out
the Dead"). Among his additional motion picture credits are "Guarding
Tess", "Fire Birds", "The Boy in Blue", "It Could
Happen to You" and "Vampire's Kiss" (a role which brought Cage
his first Independent Spirit Award nomination).
In addition to his onscreen contributions, Cage produced the spooky period drama
"Shadow of the Vampire", starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe, and
the recent legal drama "The Life of David Gale", directed by Alan
Parker and starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. He recently
stepped behind the camera to direct his first feature, the romantic drama
"Sonny", starring James Franco, Mena Suvari, Brenda Blethyn and Harry
Dean Stanton. The film had its world premiere at the 2002 Deauville Film
Festival in France.
Cage's other industry honors include the first Distinguished Decade in Film
Award from NATO/ShoWest, the 16th American Cinematheque Award at the 2001 Moving
Picture Ball, the Tribute to Independent Spirit Award at the 1995 Sundance Fi
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