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NICOLAS CAGE (Behmen) is an Academy Award winner and one of the most versatile actors of all time, equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. Most recently, Cage starred in the action comedy Kick-Ass, produced by Matthew Vaughn, and the family adventure The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a film that marked Cage's seventh collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer. He also played the title role in the critically acclaimed Werner Herzog crime drama Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, playing a drug and gambling-addicted detective in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Previously, Cage lent his voice to two animated features: the Jerry Bruckheimerproduced family adventure G-Force and the re-imagining of a manga classic, Astro Boy. Cage also starred in Alex Proyas' sci-fi thriller Knowing and the Pang brothers' Bangkok Dangerous, an action thriller.

His memorable performance as an alcoholic drinking himself to death in Mike Figgis' acclaimed drama Leaving Las Vegas earned Cage an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award® 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.

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 after The Rock, Con Air, Gone in 60 Seconds and the first National Treasure. He also portrayed Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, based on the Marvel comic book character of the same name, which was written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. The film set a new record as the highest grossing film to open on a Presidents Day weekend.

Other recent credits include a pair of 2006 releases, Neil LaBute's The Wicker Man and Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, as well as Gore Verbinski's The Weather Man and Andrew Niccol's Lord of War, both in 2005. Cage was also heard as the voice of Zoc in the animated film The Ant Bully.

In the fall of 2002, Cage made his feature film directorial debut with 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. Cage's production company, Saturn Films, produced the 2002 drama The Life of David Gale and 2000's critically acclaimed 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 Millimeter, Snake Eyes, City of Angels, Face/Off, Kiss of Death, Guarding Tess, It Could Happen to You, Red Rock West, Honeymoon in Vegas, 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 for Best Actor for his role as Cher's lover in Moonstruck. David Lynch's Wild at Heart, in which Cage starred opposite 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. The prestigious American Cinematheque honored him in 2001.

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 Theater. 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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