City of Angels: About The Cast

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NICOLAS CAGE (Seth), regarded as one of the most versatile actors of our time, is equally well known for his poignant 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."

In 1996 he starred opposite Sean Connery and Ed Harris in the blockbuster action film "The Rock." This past summer he starred in the hit action thrillers "Con Air" with John Cusack and John Malkovich, and "Face/Off" with John Travolta. Following his work on "City of Angels," Cage will star in "Snake Eyes" and "Superman Lives," the latter for Warner Bros.

Among Cage's best-known films are "Moonstruck," "Wild at Heart," "Honeymoon in Vegas," "Peggy Sue Got Married," "Vampire's Kiss," "Raising Arizona," "Valley Girl" and "Birdy."

Cage was born in Long Beach, California, and lived there until his family moved to San Francisco when he was 12. He began acting at age 15 when he enrolled in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where he appeared in the school's production of "Golden Boy." 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 "Rumble Fish."

MEG RYAN (Dr. Maggie Rice) continues to demonstrate her versatile talent in her wide-ranging choice of leading roles. The two-time Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress most recently starred in the romantic comedy "Addicted to Love" opposite Matthew Broderick and received critical acclaim for her starring role in the 1996 box-office hit "Courage Under Fire" opposite Denzel Washington. This year, Ryan will re-team with Tom Hanks and director Nora Ephron, with whom she made the 1993 box-office hit "Sleepless in Seattle," to star in Warner Bros.' romantic comedy "You Have Mail." Ryan has just completed a role in Anthony Drazan's "Hurlyburly," in which she stars with Sean Penn, Chazz Palminteri, Garry Shandling and Kevin Spacey. The film is adapted from David Rabe's award-winning play.

Since she delighted audiences with her comic portrayal as Sally Albright in "When Harry Met Sally,"directed by Rob Reiner and written by Nora Ephron, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination, Ryan has had her choice of roles as one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses.

She received her second Golden Globe nomination for "Sleepless in Seattle," and has also starred in Lawrence Kasdan's romantic comedy "French Kiss," opposite Kevin Kline, which was co-produced by Ryan's Prufrock Pictures; Fred Schepesi's "I.Q." opposite Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau; and "When a Man Loves a Woman" opposite Andy Garcia, for which she received great critical acclaim.

Her additional film credits include "Innerspace," "D.O.A.," "The Presidio," "Joe Versus the Volcano," "The Doors," "Prelude to a Kiss," "Flesh and Bone" and "Restoration." For her performance in the Sundance Institute's "Promised Land," she received an Independent Features Project Spirit Award nomination.

Born in Fairfield, Connecticut, Ryan embarked on her acting career after studying journalism at New York University. She made her motion-picture debut as Candice Bergen's daughter in "Rich and Famous," and first attracted the attention of moviegoers and critics with her performance as a fighter pilot's wife in "Top Gun."

DENNIS FRANZ (Nathaniel Messinger) is best known to audiences as Detective Andy Sipowicz in the acclaimed TV series "NYPD Blue." This role earned the actor three Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, four Viewers for Quality Television Awards and a Golden Globe for Lead Actor in a Drama Series. His film credits include "American Buffalo," "Die Hard 2: Die Harder," "The Package" and "Dressed to Kill."

Born in Maywood, Illinois, Franz graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in speech and theater. Following this, he enlisted in the armed service, where he spent an 11-month tour of duty in Vietnam with a reconnaissance unit.

Franz returned to Illinois and after a year of "doing nothing," he and his college buddies organized several theater companies in Chicago. However, joining the Organic Theater Company proved to be the turning point in his theatrical career and gave him a chance to perform at Chicago's famed Goodman Theater. During that time, he also appeared in the films "Stony Island" for director Andy Davis, "A Wedding" for director Robert Altman, and "The Fury" for director Brian DePalma, all filmed in Chicago.

ANDRE BRAUGHER (Cassiel) is well-known to television audiences for his starring role as Detective Frank Pembleton on the hit series "Homicide," but his list of acting credits includes film, television, classical and contemporary theater.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Braugher graduated from Stanford University and went on to receive a master's degree from the Juilliard School of Drama in New York.

His film credits include "Get on the Bus," "Glory" and "Primal Fear," as well as the HBO telefilms "Tuskegee Airmen" and "The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson," in which he played the title role.

Braugher's extensive stage work includes "Much Ado About Nothing" for the New York Shakespeare Festival and "Richard II," "Measure for Measure," "Twelfth Night" and "Coriolanus" at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York.

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