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NICOLAS CAGE (Edward Malus / Producer) won a 1995 Academy Award for his role in the Mike Figgis-directed 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 is currently starring in the Oliver Stone-directed drama "World Trade Center," based on the true story of the last two survivors rescued from Ground Zero. His upcoming films also include the action thriller "Ghost Rider," in which he plays a motorcycle stunt performer turned superhero; and the action science-fiction thriller "Next," about a man who can see into his own future, directed by Lee Tamahori and co-starring Julianne Moore.

Among Cage's 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 Corelli'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 nomination.

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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