NAME: Nicolas Cage
BIRTH DATE: January 7, 1964
PLACE OF BIRTH: Long Beach, California
Height: 1.83 M
Spouse/Ex-: Alice Kim – Lisa Marie Presley – Patricia Arquette
Father: August Coppola
Mother: Joy Vogelsang
Children: Kal-El Coppola Cage, Weston Coppola Cage
Nicolas Kim Coppola was born on January 7, 1964 to August Floyd Coppola, a literature professor and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer, in Long Beach, California. He is of Italian-German-Polish descent and was raised as a staunch Catholic.
The famous film director, Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle and he is the cousin of Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola and Gian-Carlo Coppola. He also has two brothers, Christopher Coppola and Marc Coppola.
He studied at Beverly Hills High School but he was never really interested in academics because he wanted to act from a very young age. Thus, he dropped out of school and joined UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.
Not wanting to lurk in the shadows of his successful uncle’s name ‘Coppola’, he changed his name from Nicolas Coppola to Nicolas Cage, named after the Marvel Comics superhero, Luke Cage. He made his television debut in 1981.
‘Leaving Las Vegas’
By 1994 Cage was valued at about $4 million per picture, but agreed to star in Mike Figgis’ Leaving Las Vegas (1995) for only $240,000 because of the strength of the role. It paid off — his portrayal of the alcoholic screenwriter earned him an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for Best Actor.
‘The Rock,’ ‘Con Air,’ ‘Face/Off,’ ‘City of Angels’
Since 1995, Cage has made a series of action thrillers, including The Rock (1996), Con Air(1997), John Woo’s Face/Off (1997, opposite John Travolta), and Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes(1998). In 1998 he starred in the romantic City of Angels with Meg Ryan. After returning to the action genre with the poorly-rated 8MM and headlining Martin Scorsese’s dark Bringing Out the Dead in 1999, Cage reportedly received a $20 million paycheck for the action extravaganza Gone in 60 Seconds, costarring Angelina Jolie.
‘The Family Man,’ ‘Adaptation’
Cage played a more traditional romantic lead in his next two movies, the Christmas 2000 release The Family Man and the World War II-era epic Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, starring the much-in-demand actress and Spanish import Penelope Cruz. In December 2002, Cage launched his directorial debut, the $5 million independent film Sonny, about a male gigolo who struggles to free himself from his madam mother. Cage also starred in Adaptation, playing both ill-tempered screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and twin brother Donald.
‘National Treasure’ Franchise
Other projects included costarring with Chow Yun-Fat in director John Woo’s action Western Land of Destiny and starring and co-producing Dead to Rights, a movie version of the hugely popular video game. The busy actor also starred in director Jon Turteltaub’s 2004 holiday blockbuster National Treasure, playing an archaeologist-historian who believes a treasure map is hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. In 2007 he reprised his role in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
Additional films include: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Snowden (2016), and the upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
Spouse & Children
Cage’s relationship with Kristina Fulton, a model, lasted several years, producing a son, Weston Coppola Cage, born in 1992. Cage has been married three times: The first to actress Patricia Arquette in 1995; the second was a short-lived marriage to Lisa-Marie Presley, the only daughter of the late King of Rock and Roll, in August 2002. Most recently, he wed his girlfriend, 20-year-old former waitress Alice Kim, at a private ranch located in Northern California in August 2004. The couple announced the birth of a son, Kal-el Coppola Cage, on October 3, 2005 and separated in 2016.
In 1989, he won the Sitges Film Festival Award for ‘Best Actor’ for the movie, ‘Vampire’s Kiss’.
In 1995, he won an Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘Leaving Las Vegas’.
He won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for ‘Favorite Actor’ for ‘The Rock’, in 1997.
He earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 1998.
In 2001 he was presented an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by the ‘California State University’.
In 2009, he won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award for ‘Best Actor’ for ‘The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans’.Academy Awards(Oscars)
1996 Best Actor in a Leading Role Leaving Las Vegas (1995)Golden Globe Awards 1996 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Net worth: $25 million (2017)
Between 1996 and 2011 Nick earned more than $150 million from acting alone. He earned $16 million for Snake Eyes, $20 million for Gone in Sixty Seconds, $20 million for Windtalkers, $20 million for National Treasure… just to name a few. Not surprisingly, as his income went up so did his spending habits. Actually, to be fair, as his income increased Nick’s spending habits SKYROCKETED. Between 2000 and 2007 Nick went on a spending spree that would make the Sultan of Brunei blush. His purchases included 15 personal homes (including TWO castles), a $7 million private island in the Bahamas, four luxury yachts, a fleet of exotic cars, a $30 million private jet, dozens of pieces of art, jewels and a 67 million year old dinosaur skull.
The Academy award winner has given countless successful movies including ‘Birdy’ (1996), ‘Racing with the Moon’ (1996), ‘Moonstruck’ (1987), ‘Vampire’s Kiss (1989), ‘Red Rock West’ (1993), ‘The Rock’ (1996), ‘Face Off’ (1997), ‘City of Angels’ (1998), ‘National Treasure’ (2004), ‘Lord of War’ (2005), ‘Ghost Rider’ (2007), ‘Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans‘ (2009), ‘Knowing’ (2009), ‘Kick-Ass’ (2010) etc.