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Academy Award® winner NICOLAS CAGE (Balthazar/Executive Producer) is one of the most versatile actors of all time, equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. In July 2010, Cage will star in Disney's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice,” a film that marks Cage's seventh collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. This year, he will star in two Lionsgate films, including the action comedy "Kick-Ass” produced by Matthew Vaughn and the Charles Roven–produced epic "Season of the Witch,” which filmed on location in Budapest.

Cage most recently can be seen in the critically acclaimed film "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” where he plays a drug- and gambling-addicted detective in post-Katrina New Orleans. Prior to this film, Cage lent his voice to two animated features: the Jerry Bruckheimer–produced Disney family adventure "G-Force” and the Summit Entertainment family adventure "Astro Boy.” In 2008 and 2009, Cage also starred in Summit Entertainment's sci-fi thriller "Knowing” and the Pang Brothers–directed "Bangkok Dangerous,” a Lionsgate action thriller.

In 2007, Cage starred in the worldwide box-office success "National Treasure: Book of Secrets.” It marked 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® as well as 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 also costarred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.

In addition to the "National Treasure: Book of Secrets” sequel, Cage portrayed Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider,” based on the Marvel Comic book character, directed and written by Mark Steven Johnson. The film immediately set a new record as the highest-grossing opening film for President's Day weekend in 2007. Cage's other starring roles over the last several years include that of Neil LaBute's "The Wicker Man” and Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center,” both released in 2006, and Gore Verbinski's "The Weather Man” and Andrew Niccol's "Lord of War,” released in 2005. He was also heard as the voice of Zoc in the animated film "The Ant Bully.”

In fall of 2002, Cage made his 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 at 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 Lionsgate film "Shadow of a Vampire.”

Cage's many other films include "Next,” "Matchstick Men,” "Windtalkers,” "Captain Corelli's Mandolin,” "The Family Man,” "Bringing Out the Dead,” "Eight Millimeters,” "Snake Eyes,” "City of Angels,” "Face/Off,” "Kiss of Death,” "Guarding Tess,” "It Could Happen to You,” "Red Rock West,” "Honeymoon in Vegas,” Joel and Ethan Coen's "Raising Arizona,” "Vampire's Kiss,” "Peggy Sue Got Married,” "Valley Girl,” "Racing with the Moon,” "The Cotton Club” and "Rumble Fish.” 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 1993 Golden Globe® nomination for his role in "Honeymoon in Vegas,” the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montreal World Film Festival in 1996 and the first-ever Distinguished Decade in Film Award at ShoWest in 2001; and he was honored by the prestigious American Cinematheque in 2001 with the Moving Picture Ball tribute.

In 2009, Cage was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice for the United Nations. Last fall, he traveled to Africa to undertake a mission with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Gulu, Uganda, Mombasa, Kenya and Nairobi, Kenya. Here, he met with child soldiers, gang members, inmates, Kenyan judges and magistrates to help stop human trafficking, child slavery and kidnapping. Cage is also a Luminary for Amnesty International and helps with its focus on human rights.

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. 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 "Fast Times at Ridgemont High.”


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