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NICOLAS CAGE (Cris Johnson, Producer) gave a memorable performance as a suicidal alcoholic in the drama "Leaving Las Vegas," directed by Mike Figgis. His work earned him an Academy Award®, 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 Actors Guild and BAFTA nominations for his dual role in Spike Jonze's comedy "Adaptation,” co-starring Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

Cage most recently starred in Sony Pictures' worldwide box office hit film "Ghost Rider” directed by Mark Steven Johnson, Oliver Stone's acclaimed "World Trade Center” for Paramount Pictures and "The Wicker Man,” a mystery/thriller directed by Neil LaBute. Other recent starring roles include Gore Verbinski's "The Weather Man” opposite Michael Caine, Andrew Niccol's controversial "Lord of War,” "National Treasure,” directed by Jon Turteltaub and "Matchstick Men,” directed by Ridley Scott.

In 2002, Cage directed his first feature film "Sonny” starring Golden Globe winner James Franco in the title role, Mena Suvari, Brenda Blethyn and Harry Dean Stanton. The film was accepted into the 2002 Deauville Film Festival. Also in 2002, Cage's production company, Saturn Films, produced "The Life of David Gale,” starring Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet and Laura Linney. Saturn Films also produced "Shadow of the Vampire,” for which Willem Dafoe earned an Academy Award® nomination.

In 2002, Cage starred in John Woo's World War II film ‘Windtalkers.” Other notable starring roles include "Captain Correlli's Mandolin,” "The Family Man,” the 2000 remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds” opposite Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi, Martin Scorcese's "Bringing Out the Dead” opposite Patricia Arquette and John Goodman, "Eight Millimeter” with Joaquin Phoenix, the romance "City of Angels,” opposite Meg Ryan, Paramount Pictures' "Snake Eyes” and "Face/Off,” opposite John Travolta. "Face/Off” earned him a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure movie as well as three MTV Movie Award nominations for Best Male Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (with John Travolta) and Best Villain.

Cage has also starred in ”Con Air,” opposite John Cusack and John Malkovich, in the blockbuster action film "The Rock,” with Sean Connery and Ed Harris, "Guarding Tess” with Shirley MacLaine, the acclaimed film noir "Red Rock West,” the romantic comedy "It Could Happen to You” with Bridget Fonda and Rosie Perez and Barbet Schroeder's thriller "Kiss of Death.”

Cage's portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in "Birdy” established him as a serious actor. Cage went on to earn a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actor for his role as Cher's lover in "Moonstruck.” David Lynch's "Wild at Heart,” in which Cage starred with Laura Dern, won the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.

Cage received another Golden Globe nomination for his role in the romantic comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas,” which also starred Sarah Jessica Parker and James Caan.

Among his other honors was the Montreal World Film Festival's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, the first ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest and he was honored by the American Cinematheque with their 2001 Moving Picture Ball Award, which had previously been won by such actors as Sean Connery, Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster.

His other film credits include "Valley Girl,” "Cotton Club,” "Racing With the Moon,” "The Boy in Blue,” "Peggy Sue Got Married,” Joel and Ethan Coen's "Raising Arizona,” "Vampire's Kiss” and "Fire Birds.”

Cage was raised in Long Beach, California and moved to San Francisco

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