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NICOLAS CAGE (Zoc) won a 1995 Academy Award for his role in the Mike
drama Leaving Las Vegas. His memorable performance in that role also brought him a
Golden Globe Award and Best Actor honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los
Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review.
Cage subsequently earned Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award
nominations for his dual roles as twin brothers in Spike Jonze's 2002 quirky comedy Adaptation,
co-starring Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.
He will next star in the Oliver Stone drama World Trade Center, based on the true story
of the last two survivors rescued from Ground Zero, set for a summer 2006 release. His
upcoming films also include the action thriller Ghost Rider, in which he plays a motorcycle stunt
performer turned superhero, and the Neil LaBute mystery drama The Wicker Man. Cage is
currently in production on the science-fiction thriller Next, directed by Lee Tamahori and costarring
Julianne Moore, about a man who can see into his own future.
Among his recent films are Gore Verbinski's comedy drama The Weather Man and
Andrew Niccol's critically acclaimed Lord of War. Cage also recently starred in the action
adventure National Treasure from producer Jerry Bruckheimer; Ridley Scott's comedy drama
Matchstick Men; John Woo's World War II drama Windtalkers; and the romantic wartime drama
Captain Correlli's Mandolin.
In 2002, Cage made his feature directorial debut with the crime drama Sonny, in which he
also starred with James Franco and Harry Dean Stanton. Later that year, his production
company, Saturn Films, produced The Life of David Gale, starring Kevin Spacey, as well as the
critically acclaimed Shadow of the Vampire, for which its star Willem Dafoe earned an Oscar
In 2000, he starred with Tea Leoni in the romantic comedy The Family Man, for director
Brett Ratner, as well as Jerry Bruckheimer's remake of Gone in 60 Seconds and Martin
Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead. His performances in the 1990s included roles in Brad
Silberling's fantasy drama City of Angels, John Woo's action thriller Face/Off and the Jerry
Bruckheimer-produced action hits Con Air and The Rock. Cage also starred opposite Shirley
MacLaine in Guarding Tess, the film noir Red Rock West, the romantic comedy It Could Happen
to You, and Barbet Schroeder's Kiss of Death.
In 1984 Cage drew critical attention for his portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in Alan
Parker's Birdy, which won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival. He went on to earn a
Golden Globe Award nomination for his role opposite Cher in Moonstruck, and starred in David
Lynch's Wild At Heart. He received another Golden Globe nomination in 1992 for his
performance in the romantic comedy Honeymoon In Vegas.
Raised in Long Beach and San Francisco, Cage began his career while still in high school
with a role in the television film The Best of Times. He made his feature film debut in the 1983
drama Rumble Fish, and then starred in Valley Girl. Among his early credits are The Cotton
Club, Racing with the Moon, The Boy in Blue, Peggy Sue Got Married, Raising Arizona,
Vampire's Kiss and Fire Birds.
In August of 1996, Cage was honored by the Montreal World Film Festival with their
prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. His career honors and awards also include the
American Cinematheque's 2001 Moving Picture Ball Award, and the first-ever Distinguished
Decade in Film Award at ShoWest, in 2001. He was also recognized in 2001 with a hand and
footprint ceremony at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
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