Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has donated $1 million (GBP550,000) of his own cash to relief efforts residents of New Orleans affected by Hurricane Katrina.

The LEAVING LAS VEGAS star, who has a home in the hard-hit Louisiana city, made the donation yesterday (01SEP05) to the American Red Cross.

In a statement, his publicist, ANNETT WOLF, says, "(Cage) wishes to help his neighbours during this most devastating time."