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An Oscar award winner Nicolas Cage is one of the most successful actor of the Hollywood film industry. Having made his name with anxious, well-received portrayals of wild men and anti-heroes, actor Nicolas Cage underwent remarkable mid-career transformations, remaking himself as action star, romantic lead, and most recently, director and producer.
Regarded as one of the most multifaceted actors of our time, Nicolas Cage is equally well known for his passionate portrayals in drama and comedy. He earned an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, as well as Best Actor Awards from the New York Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review for his performance as an alcoholic who drinks himself to death in "Leaving Las Vegas."
Nicolas took a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theatre, thinking that would be the only route to a movie career. However, he got a small part in his uncle's film 'Rumble Fish' in 1983. He was criticised for his over-the-top performance in 'Peggy Sue Got Married', but attracted the attention of Cher, who suggested him for a role in 'Moonstruck'. She even walked out of the production for a day, until the producers gave in to her demand, and 'Moonstruck' turned out to be his first really big box-office hit.
Nicolas Cage no doubt owes part of his success to his fabulous work imperative and cleverness; he goes all out in preparing for roles, from undergoing a tooth extraction without novocaine for Birdy (1984) to learning the mandolin for Captain Corellis Mandolin (2001). Nicolas Cage made his film debut in 1982's Fast Times at Ridgemont High , but it was his role in the hit Valley Girl (1984) that launched his screen career. Cage was suddenly a reliable star after 1987's Raising Arizona (with Frances McDormand) and Moonstruck (with Cher), known for his intensity and attachment for improvement on the set. He won an Oscar as the self-destroying drunk in Leaving Las Vegas in 1995, and by the end of the decade was starring in big-budget action movies, including The Rock (1996, with Sean Connery), Con Air (1997, with Ving Rhames), Face/Off (1997, opposite John Travolta) and Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000, with Angelina Jolie). In 2003 he was again Oscar-nominated for playing nervous screenwriter Charlie Kaufman in the offbeat drama Adaptation.