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Nicolas CageOscarŽ winner NICOLAS CAGE is a versatile actor who is equally known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. He has received numerous awards for Best Actor including the Academy AwardŽ, a Golden Globe, the New York Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review for his performance as a self-destructive alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), directed by Mike Figgis.

It was Cage’s portrayal of a tormented Vietnam vet in Birdy (1984) that first established him as a serious actor. Directed by Alan Parker, Birdy (1984) 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 (1987). He then starred opposite Laura Dern in David Lynch’s Wild at Heart (1990) which won the Palm d’Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. He received another Golden Globe nomination for the romantic comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), directed by Andrew Bergman. In 1996 the Montreal World Film Festival honored Cage with their prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Nicolas 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 where he appeared in the school’s production of Golden Boy. While still a high school student, he moved to Los Angeles and landed a role in the telefilm The Best of Times.

The owner of dozens of cars, Cage’s first purchase was a yellow Triumph Spitfire he bought for $2,000. Obtained before he could legally drive, Cage would sit in the parked car in his driveway and pretend he was on his way to the beach. Once he could drive it, the car broke down every other week, so Cage sold it. Last year, he ran into the man who bought it all those years ago. Cage purchased the car back and is currently having it restored.

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  • 7th January 1964 - Birth