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Academy Award® winner NICOLAS CAGE (John McLoughlin), one of the most versatile actors of our time, is equally well known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. His memorable performance as an alcoholic drinking himself to death in the MGM drama "Leaving Las Vegas,” directed by Mike Figgis, earned him an Academy Award®. He also received a Golden Globe and 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.

Cage further solidified his leading man status when he received Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Screen Actor's Guild, and BAFTA nominations for his dual roles of twin brothers Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Spike Jonze's quirky comedy "Adaptation,” which co-starred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

Recently, Cage completed production in Australia on "Ghost Rider” for Sony Pictures Entertainment. The film is scheduled for release in February 2007. Cage also recently completed the independent film "The Wicker Man,” a mystery/ thriller directed by Neil LaBute, scheduled for a fall release.

Cage was most recently seen in "The Weather Man,” a comedy/drama directed by Gore Verbinski, and "Lord of War,” a drama/thriller written and directed by Andrew Niccol. His voice can currently be heard in the animated feature film "The Ant Bully.”

In 2004, Cage starred in producer Jerry Bruckheimer's worldwide hit, Disney's action/adventure "National Treasure,” directed by Jon Turteltaub, and in 2003, he starred in the Warner Bros. film "Matchstick Men.” At the end of 2002, Cage released his feature film directorial debut, "Sonny.” Cage cast an impressive group of actors, including Golden Globe winner James Franco, Mena Suvari, Brenda Blethyn and Harry Dean Stanton. The film was accepted into the 2002 Deauville Film Festival. Gold Circle Films, Vortex Pictures and Cage's Saturn Productions produced the picture.

Cage's production company, Saturn Films, produced the 2002 Universal Pictures film "The Life of David Gale” and, in 2000, the critically acclaimed Lions Gate film, "Shadow of the Vampire.”

Cage's many other films include "Windtalkers,” "Captain Correlli's Mandolin,” "The Family Man,” "Gone in 60 Seconds,” "Bringing out the Dead,” "Eight Millimeter,” "Snake Eyes,” "City of Angels,” "Face Off,” "Con-Air,” "The Rock,” "Guarding Tess,” "Red Rock West,” "It Could Happen to You,” "Kiss of Death,” "Honeymoon in Vegas,” "Valley Girl,” "Cotton Club,” "Racing with the Moon,” "Peggy Sue Got Married,” Joel and Ethan Coen's "Raising Arizona” and "Vampire's Kiss.”

It was Cage's portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in "Birdy” that first established him as a serious actor. Directed by Alan Parker, "Birdy” won the jury prize at Cannes. Cage then received a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor for his role as Cher's lover in "Moonstruck.” David Lynch's "Wild at Heart,” starring Cage and Laura Dern, won the Palm d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Some of Cage's other honors include a Golden Globe nomination for his role in "Honeymoon in Vegas,” the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal World Film Festival, and the first ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest.

Cage was raised in Long Beach, California and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco when he was 12. Cage began acting at age 15 when he 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.” He made his feature film debut in "Rumble Fish.”

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