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Academy Award® winner NICOLAS CAGE (Ben Gates), one of the most versatile actors of all time, is equally well known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS represents Cage's fifth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, following "The Rock,” "Con Air,” "Gone in 60 Seconds” and "National Treasure.”

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 Actors Guild, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations for his dual role as twin brothers Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Spike Jonze's quirky comedy "Adaptation,” which co-starred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

Most recently, Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider,” based on the Marvel Comics character, directed and written by Mark Steven Johnson. The film immediately set a new record as the highest-grossing opener for the Presidents' Day weekend. Cage's other recent starring roles have been in Neil LaBute's "The Wicker Man,” Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center,” Gore Verbinski's "The Weather Man” and Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War.” He was also heard as the voice of Zoc in the animated film "The Ant Bully.” Cage was last seen in Lee Tamahori's sci-fi thriller "Next” and the Pang Brothers' action drama "Bangkok Dangerous.”

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. Golden Circle Films, Vortex Pictures and Cage's Saturn Films 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 a Vampire.”

Cage's many other films include "Matchstick Men,” "Windtalkers,” "Captain Corelli's Mandolin,” "The Family Man,” "Bring Out the Dead,” "Eight Millimeter,” "Snake Eyes,” "City of Angels,” "Face Off,” "Guarding Tess,” "Red Rock West,” "It Could Happen to You,” "Kiss of Death,” "Honeymoon in Vegas,” "Valley Girl,” "The 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.” 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 Palme 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 when 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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