American actor and filmmaker Nicolas Kim Coppola’s professional name is Nicolas Cage. He has been working in the film industry since 1981, and he has received many nominations and won awards from different award shows over the years. He has been nominated for the Academy Award twice. For his performance in the film Leaving Las Vegas (1995), he won three awards; an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1995. He has also been included in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, at the Hollywood Boulevard.

Early Life

Nicolas Cage was born on January 7th, 1964, in Long Beach, California, U.S. His father August Coppola was a professor of literature, and his mother Joy Vogelsang was a choreographer and a dancer. It was a catholic family. Many members of his family worked in the film industry such as his uncle and aunt are Francis Ford Coppola (film director) and Talia Shire (actress), his cousins Roman Coppola and Sofia Coppola are directors, and the film producer Gian-Carlo Coppola is also his cousin. He has two brothers; Marc “The Cope” Coppola is well known for his work in New York radio, and Christopher Coppola is a director.

American actor Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

Cage wanted to become an actor from an early age. He went to Beverly Hills High School. He also attended UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. His first performance was in a non-cinematic school production of Golden Boy. Cage was very much inspired by the actor James Dean, he said that he started acting because he wanted to become like James Dean, he said that he watched him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden, he said: “the way Dean affected me in Eden, it blew my mind, I was like, ‘that’s what I want to do’.”

At the age of fifteen Nicolas tried to convince his uncle Francis Ford Coppola to cast him, he said, “I’ll show you acting.” He changed his name to Nicolas Cage to avoid the nepotism as Coppola’s nephew, who was one of the most successful directors at the time.

Film Career

1982 Cage made his film debut with a minor role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. After that he appeared in many films, he did many small and side roles. He also appeared in Coppola’s films. He worked in a variety of films throughout the 1980s and early 90s, such as Valley Girl(1983), Rumble Fish(1983), Birdy(1984), Racing with the Moon(1984), Peggy Sue Got Married(1986), Moonstruck(1987), Raising Arizona(1987), Vampire’s Kiss(1989), Wild at the heart(1990), Honeymoon in Vegas(1992) and Red Rock West(1993).

In 1995 he starred in the film Leaving Las Vegas as Ben Sanderson, an alcoholic screenwriter who lost everything. For his performance in this film, he received an Academy Award in the Best Actor Category. He also received a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for this role.

American Actor Nicolas Cage's latest picture
Nicolas Cage

He has worked in many successful movies and has done many major roles ever since. He has a very strong fan base. Some of his most amazing and successful movies are; The Rock (1996), Con Air (1997), Face/Off (1997), City of Angels (1998), Adaptation (2002), National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007), Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009). For his role as Donald and Charlie Kaufman in the 2002 film Adaptation, he won his second Oscar/Academy Award nomination.

The film Sonny (2002), which was directed by Cage, was nominated for the Grand Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. Cage has a production company named Saturn Films, this company has produced films such as Shadow of the vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003).

Cage has starred in films throughout  2010s such as Joe (2013), Dog Eat Dog (2016), Mon and Dad(2017), Mandy (2018), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), and Color Out of Space (2019). Read More about Nicolas Cage on IMDb.

Empire Magazine ranked him on No. 40 in the list of Top 100 Movie Stars of all time in October 1997. And in 1998, Premiere ranked him on No. 37 in the list of 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood. In 1998 he was given the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the film industry.

Nicolas Cage looking handsome and sexy
Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage’s Net worth

His net worth was estimated to be around $25 million in 2017.

Amazing Facts About Nicolas Cage:

  1. Nicolas Cage is a car enthusiast, he owns a variety of modern and old cars, which includes a 1938 Bugatti T57C, a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ, the Lamborghini SVJ is a rare car, only 16 of them were ever made, and the one Nicolas Cage owns was previously owned by the King/Shah of Iran.
  2. His real name was Nicolas Kim Coppola, but he changed it for his love of Luke Cage, a comic book character.
  3. Cage has named his second child Kal-el, for his love for superheroes. Kal-el is the birth name of Superman.
  4. Cage was rumored to be a vampire by a man who had an 1870 picture of a man who had a surprising resemblance with Cage, later on, Cage publically denied it on David Letterman Show.
  5. Cage wants to be buried in a Pyramid when he dies, he has actually made all the arrangements for it. He has bought a plot in St. Louis Cemetery and has also bought a nine feet tall tomb which is shaped like a Pyramid.
  6. In the 1988 film Vampire’s Kiss there a scene in which Cage eats a Cockroach. To make it look as disgusting and realistic as intended, Cage actually ate a real live Cockroach.
  7. He has a tattoo of a lizard on his back, which is wearing a hat.
  8. He was named as one of the most gorgeous celebrities in the world by Forbes.
  9. Once a man broke into his home at night, when Cage woke up the man was eating Fudgsicle while standing near his bed. Cage talked to the guy until the police got there.
  10. He once bought a stolen dinosaur Skull, he did not know that it was stolen.

Best Movies of Nicolas Cage

YearFilmRole
1993Red Rock WestMichael Williams
1997Face/OffCastor Troy Sean Archer
1987MoonstruckRonny Cammareri
1995Leaving Las VegasBen Sanderson
2009Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New OrleansTerence McDonagh
1987Raising ArizonaH. I McDunnough
1986Peggy Sue Got MarriedCharlie Bodell
2003Matchstick ManRoy Waller
2002AdaptationDonald Kaufman, Charlie Kaufman
2018MandyRed
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