Catch Me If You Can : About The Cast


LEONARDO DICAPRIO (Frank Abagnale) is an Academy Award®-nominated actor, and also the star of the top-grossing movie of all time. In 1994, he earned both Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for his role as a mentally handicapped young man in Lasse Hallström's "What's Eating Gilbert Grape. " His performance also brought him awards from the National Board of Review and the Chicago Film Critics Association. He received his second Golden Globe nomination in 1997 for his starring role in James Cameron's Academy Award®-winning Best Picture "Titanic. "

Born in Hollywood, California, DiCaprio began performing while still in elementary school. Following work in commercials and daytime television, he landed a regular role on the series "Parenthood. " The following year, he joined the cast of the hit ABC sitcom "Growing Pains. "

DiCaprio landed his first major feature film part when director Michael Caton-Jones cast him in the coveted role of Tobias Wolff in his big screen adaptation of Wolff's autobiographical drama "This Boy's Life. " Starring opposite Robert De Niro and Ellen Barkin, DiCaprio earned praise for his compelling performance as a boy who must endure his stepfather's abuse.

DiCaprio's award-winning turn in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" came next, followed by starring roles in three very diverse films, all released in 1995: Sam Raimi's Western "The Quick and the Dead," with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman; Jim Carroll's harrowing autobiographical story of drug addition, "The Basketball Diaries"; and Agnieszka Holland's film version of the Christopher Hampton play "Total Eclipse. "

The following year, DiCaprio again appeared in multiple features, first starring as Romeo, opposite Claire Danes as Juliet, in Baz Luhrmann's updated screen adaptation of "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. " He then joined an all-star ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro, in "Marvin's Room. "

In 1997, DiCaprio starred in "Titanic," James Cameron's blockbuster about the ill-fated maiden voyage of the doomed ship, which went on to shatter every box office record and win the Oscar® and Golden Globe for Best Picture. His subsequent film credits include Woody Allen's "Celebrity," "The Beach" and dual roles in "The Man in the Iron Mask. "

In addition to "Catch Me If You Can," DiCaprio also stars this holiday season in Martin Scorsese's period crime drama "Gangs of New York," with Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis and Liam Neeson.

TOM HANKS (Carl Hanratty) earned praise from both critics and audiences this past summer for his portrayal of gangster Michael Sullivan in Sam Mendes' Depression-era drama "Road to Perdition. " One of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®, Hanks won his first Oscar® in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme's "Philadelphia. " The following year, he took home his second Oscar® for his unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert Zemeckis' "Forrest Gump. " He also won Golden Globe Awards for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for the latter.

Hanks more recently garnered Academy Award®, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for his work in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," and he last year won a Golden Globe Award and garnered his fifth Oscar® nomination for his role in "Cast Away. " He had previously won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of a little boy in a man's body in Penny Marshall's "Big," and received another Golden Globe nomination for his work opposite Meg Ryan in the romantic comedy smash "Sleepless in Seattle," directed by Nora Ephron.

In 1998, Hanks, Ryan and Ephron again scored a hit when they reunited for the romantic comedy "You've Got Mail. " The following year, Hanks starred in Frank Darabont's acclaimed drama "The Green Mile," for which he shared in a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance.
Hanks' other film credits include starring roles in "A League of Their Own," "Turner & Hooch," "Punchline," "Nothing in Common," "Volunteers," "Bachelor Party" and "Splash. " The actor also lent his voice to the computer animated blockbusters "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2. "

Hanks' work on the big screen has also translated to success on the small screen. Following his critically acclaimed portrayal of astronaut Jim Lovell in Ron Howard's "Apollo 13," Hanks executive produced and hosted the acclaimed HBO miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon. " He also directed one segment, and wrote or co-wrote several others, in addition to appearing in one episode. Hanks' work on the miniseries earned him Emmy, Golden Globe and Producers Guild Awards for Outstanding Miniseries, as well as an Emmy nomination for Best Director.

His collaboration with Steven Spielberg on the World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan" led to them teaming to executive produce the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," based on the book by Stephen Ambrose. Hanks also directed a segment and wrote another segment of the fact-based miniseries, which follows one group of paratroopers from boot camp to D-Day to the end of World War II. The show recently won both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Miniseries. In addition, Hanks won an Emmy Award for Best Director, earned an Emmy nomination for Best Writing, and received another Producers Guild Award for his work on the project.

In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut with "That Thing You Do," in which he also starred. The film's title song received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Original Song. This year, under his own Playtone banner, Hanks, together with his wife, Rita Wilson, and partner, Gary Goetzman, produced the smash hit romantic comedy "My Big Fat Greek Wedding. " Budgeted at approximately $5 million, the film has to date grossed more than $200 million at the domestic box office.

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Frank Abagnale, Sr. ) won the 1978 Academy Awardâ for Best Supporting Actor for his gripping performance in Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter. " He also earned a New York Film Critics Award, as well as a Golden Globe nomination for his work in the film.

Walken first gained attention for his work on screen in the role of Diane Keaton's brother Duane in Woody Allen's Oscarâ-winning Best Picture "Annie Hall. " He has since had memorable roles in more than 50 feature films, including Herbert Ross' "Pennies From Heaven"; David Cronenberg's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Dead Zone"; James Foley's "At Close Range," opposite Sean Penn; Mike Nichols' "Biloxi Blues," based on the Neil Simon play; Abel Ferrara's "King of New York"; Tony Scott's "True Romance"; Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; Peter O'Fallon's "Suicide Kings"; Joe Roth's comedy "America's Sweethearts," with Julia Roberts, John Cusack and Billy Crystal; and Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" and "Sleepy Hollow. "

An accomplished stage actor, Walken began his career at the age of ten, acting and dancing. He trained to be a dancer at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan, and went on to appear in numerous plays and musicals. He received the Clarence Derwent Award for his performance in the Broadway production of "The Lion in Winter," an Obie for his role in "The Seagull," a Theatre World Award for "The Rose Tattoo," and the 1997 Susan Stein Shiva Award for his work with Joseph Papp's Public Theatre.

In the fall of 1999, Walken co-starred in the stage adaptation of James Joyce's "The Dead. " He returned to the stage in the summer of 2001 in the New York Shakespeare Festival revival of Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull," in which he starred with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, under the direction of Mike Nichols.
On television, Walken has been one of the most popular hosts of "Saturday Night Live," returning five times to host the show since 1990. In addition, he recently performed an unforgettable dance number in the Spike Jonze-directed music video for Fat Boy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," and wrote and directed the short film "Popcorn Shrimp," which premiered on Showtime in 2001.

Walken's upcoming film work includes Martin Brest's "Gigli," with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, and Barry Levinson's comedy "Envy," in which he stars with Ben Stiller and Jack Black.

MARTIN SHEEN (Roger Strong) is presently best known for his starring role on the award-winning NBC television series "The West Wing. " Sheen's portrayal of President Josiah Bartlett has brought him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, as well as three more Golden Globe nominations, and three Emmy nominations. He was also honored by his peers with a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, and shared with the other members of "The West Wing" cast in two SAG Awards for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.

It has been more than 20 years since Sheen took on what would be one of the signature roles of his career: the enigmatic Captain Willard in Francis Ford Coppola's searing Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now. " In 2001, the movie was re-released with added footage, bringing it to a new generation of filmgoers as "Apocalypse Now Redux. "

Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Sheen first garnered attention from critics when he starred in the Broadway production of "The Subject Was Roses. " He went on to reprise his role in Ulu Grosbard's 1968 screen version of the play, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for his performance. Sheen also received early praise for his chilling portrait of serial killer Kit Carruthers in Terrence Malick's "Badlands. "

Sheen's other notable film credits include Rob Reiner's "The American President," written by "The West Wing" creator Aaron Sorkin, Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," Jason Miller's "That Championship Season," and Richard Attenborough's Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Gandhi," to name only a few. He made his feature film directorial debut with "Cadence," in which he also starred with his son, Charlie Sheen.

In addition to "The West Wing," Sheen's myriad television credits include some of the most memorable longform projects of the past three decades, including "The Execution of Private Slovick," for which he earned an Emmy nomination; "That Certain Summer," which was one of the first television dramas to deal openly with homosexuality; "The Missiles of October"; "Blind Ambition"; "In the Custody of Strangers"; "Kennedy," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination; and "Gettysburg," playing General Robert E. Lee. Sheen also won an Emmy Award for his guest starring role on the comedy series "Murphy Brown. "

NATHALIE BAYE (Paula Abagnale) is one of France's most distinguished and admired actresses. Among her honors, she has won three César Awards, France's equivalent of the Oscar®, and earned another four César nominations. American moviegoers have seen her in several of her more than 60 films, including three for famed director Francois Truffaut: "Day for Night," which marked her major motion picture debut; "The Man Who Loved Women"; and "The Green Room. " She also starred opposite Gerard Dépardieu in "The Return of Martin Guerre. "

Baye's more recent film credits include "Une liaison pornographique" ("An Affair of Love"), for which she won the Volpi Cup at the Venice Film Festival; and "Vénus beauté (institut)" ("Venus Beauty Institute"), which brought her her most recent César Award nomination.

Baye began her career in the arts as a dancer, and moved to New York at age 17 to study classical ballet and modern dance. She toured the United States with a dance company before returning to France, where she turned her attention to acting. She won her first César Award in 1981 for her performance in Jean-Luc Godard's "Sauve qui peut (la vie)" ("Every Man for Himself"), and earned an additional César nomination that same year for her role in Bertrand Tavernier's "Une semaine de vacances" ("A Week's Vacation").

Over the next two years, Baye won two consecutive César Awards for her work in Pierre Granier-Deferre's "Une étrange affaire" and Bob Swaim's "La balance. " Her other César nominations came for her performances in Robin Davis' "J'ai épousé un ombre" ("I Married a Dead Man") and Nicole Garcia's "Un week-end sur deux" ("Every Other Weekend").
Baye's most noted film credits also include Jean-Luc Godard's "Détective," Bertrand Blier's "Beau-pére" and "Notre histoire" ("Our Story"), and Diane Kurys' "C'est la vie," to list only a few. She was also featured in Roger Spottiswoode's award-winning television movie "And the Band Played On. "

AMY ADAMS (Brenda Strong) has been seen in several feature films, but "Catch Me If You Can" marks her first starring role in a major motion picture release. She made her film debut playing a cheerleader in the dark comedy "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and includes among her other film credits "Serving Sara," and the independent features "Psycho Beach Party" and "Pumpkin. "

On television, Adams has had guest starring roles on such series as "The West Wing," "Smallville" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer. " She also starred in the television project "Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep. "

Hailing from Colorado, Adams began her career on the stage in a number of regional theatre productions. She appeared in such classic musicals as "Brigadoon," "Good News," "State Fair," "Crazy For You," "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "Anything Goes!," "A Chorus Line" and "Annie. "

JENNIFER GARNER (Cheryl Ann) was virtually catapulted to stardom with her leading role in ABC's hit dramatic action series "Alias. " Starring as double agent Sydney Bristow, Garner has won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series, and also earned an Emmy nomination for her work on the show.

On the big screen, Garner stars opposite Ben Affleck in the upcoming actioner "Daredevil," based on the popular Marvel Comics superhero, due out in early 2003. She had previously worked with Affleck when she co-starred with him, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale in Michael Bay's World War II drama "Pearl Harbor. " Garner also starred opposite Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott in the comedy hit "Dude, Where's My Car?". Her additional film credits include "Deconstructing Harry," "Washington Square," "Mr. Magoo" and "1999. " She is next set to star in the comedy "13 Going on 30. "

Born in Houston, Texas, and raised in West Virginia, Garner moved to New York to pursue her acting career. She was featured in the longform television projects "Zoya," "Dead Man's Walk" and "Rose Hill," before landing her first series role on "Significant Others. " Garner went on to star with Jennifer Love Hewitt on the "Party of Five" spin-off series "Time of Your Life," and she had a recurring role on the WB hit "Felicity. " Her other television work includes guest roles on such series as "Spin City" and "Law & Order. "