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SAM WORTHINGTON (Nick Cassidy) graduated from Sydney's prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1998. Upon graduation, he continued in the theater with a production of "Judas Kiss," directed by Neil Armfield, for Company B at the Belvoir Street Theater.

With smaller roles in international films such as Hart's War, The Great Raid and Rogue under his belt, Worthington screen tested opposite Daniel Craig for the role of "James Bond" in Casino Royale. Although he did not land the much coveted part, it proved to be the perfect dress rehearsal for the following year.

After an exhaustive casting search, James Cameron handpicked Worthington to star in Avatar—Cameron's first narrative film since his 1997 Oscar -winning blockbuster Titanic. Avatar is now the #1 highest grossing film of all time with $2.74 billion worldwide. Avatar received several nominations for the 2010 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Directing for James Cameron's work in the film. The film won 2010 Golden Globe Awards in the Best Motion Picture – Drama category as well as for Best Director. James Cameron was nominated for a 2010 DGA Feature Film Award for Avatar.

Worthington recently appeared as the lead role of "Perseus" in Warner Brothers' Clash Of The Titans, directed by Louis Leterrier. The film has grossed $491 million worldwide.

Worthington recently wrapped filming the Ami Canaan Mann directed drama The Fields. The film is set for release in 2012.

Worthington starred opposite Christian Bale in Warner Brothers' much anticipated prequel to the Terminator franchise, Terminator Salvation. The film grossed $370 million worldwide. Coincidentally, James Cameron wrote and directed the first two installments of the Terminator films-The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

In addition to two franchise films, Worthington also recently completed shooting two character-driven dramas-Last Night opposite Keira Knightley and The Debt with Helen Mirren. The former revolves around a husband and wife, both of whose fidelity is tested over the course of 36 hours. The latter was directed by John Madden and tells a post-World War II story of three Mossad agents confronted years later by their scandal-ridden past.

Building upon his theater background, Worthington has continued to work steadily in both film and television. He made his feature film debut with the Australian film, Bootmen, in which he played Adam Garcia's brooding older brother. His performance garnered him an Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in 2000.

Additional Australian film credits include Dirty Deeds with John Goodman, Toni Collette and Sam Neill; Getting' Square with David Wenham; and Geoffrey Wright's (Romper Stomper) contemporary adaptation of Macbeth in which he played the title character. It was Worthington's layered performance in Cate Shortland's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Somersault, which distinguished him from his peers. He earned an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Nomination for Best Actor – Male in 2004. The film made a clean sweep of the AFI Awards, winning in all 13-film categories-the first time this had ever occurred in the awards' history.

Worthington's television credits include some of Australia's most acclaimed productions: "Love My Way," which won an AFI for Best Television Drama Series, and "The Surgeon," which was nominated for an AFI for Best Telefeature or Miniseries. He also starred in "Delivery Man," one of the episodes of "Two Twisted," a Twilight Zone-like anthology series produced by Bryan Brown.


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