Nicolas Kim Coppola born January 7, ,   known professionally as Nicolas Cage , is an American actor and filmmaker. In October , Cage was ranked No. Films such as Ghost Rider and Knowing were box office successes.
Cage was born in Long Beach, California , to August Coppola , a professor of literature, and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer. He was raised in a Catholic family. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German and Polish ancestry. He attended Beverly Hills High School ,  which is known for its many alumni who became entertainers. His first non-cinematic acting experience was in a school production of Golden Boy. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden.
It blew my mind. I was like, 'That's what I want to do'. At fifteen years old he tried to convince his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, to give him a screen test , telling him "I'll show you acting. To avoid the appearance of nepotism as Coppola's nephew, he changed his name early in his career to Nicolas Cage, inspired in part by the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage.
Since his film debut with a minor role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High , opposite Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn , Cage has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat. Hinton 's novel , but lost to Matt Dillon.
Other Cage roles included appearances in the acclaimed romantic-comedy film Moonstruck , also starring Cher ;  the Coen Brothers cult-classic comedy Raising Arizona ;  David Lynch 's film Wild at Heart ;  a lead role in Martin Scorsese 's New York City paramedic drama Bringing Out the Dead ;  and Ridley Scott 's black comedy crime film Matchstick Men , in which he played a con artist with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award , winning once for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. The suspense thriller 8mm is considered a cult film. In , two films he headlined, Lord of War and The Weather Man ,  failed to find a significant audience despite nationwide releases and good reviews for his performances.
In his second-highest-grossing film to date, National Treasure , he plays an eccentric historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. However, Cage dropped out of production shortly afterward because he felt that he did not have enough time to prepare for the role and director Darren Aronofsky preferred Mickey Rourke for the lead part. Rourke would go on to receive an Academy Award nomination for his performance. I have so much respect for Nic Cage as an actor and I think it really could have worked with Nic but In , Cage appeared as Joe, a contract killer who undergoes a change of heart while on a work outing in Bangkok, in the film Bangkok Dangerous.
In the film, he plays an MIT professor who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son's elementary school. Startling predictions found inside the capsule that has already come true lead him to believe that the world is going to end at the close of the week and that he and his son are somehow involved in the destruction.
The film has received mixed reviews though Cage's performance was cited as a highlight and solid. In this film Nicolas Cage is a tormented man who hires a year-old boy played by Tye Sheridan and protects him from his abusive father.
The film premiered at the 70th Venice International Film Festival on August 30, ,   with a subsequent screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released in theaters on January 19, ,   and received positive reviews from critics, with review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes defining his performance as "over-the-top. In , Cage starred in the action thriller film, Mandy ,  which premiered on January 19 at the Sundance Film Festival. To the Movies. He had originally been slated to portray Superman in Tim Burton 's canceled Superman film, Superman Lives , in the s.
Cage based his character, a dark and monochromatic alternate version of Peter Parker from a s universe , on the films of Humphrey Bogart , specifically the voices of actors from that era such as James Cagney and Edward G. Cage starred as the Narrator of the film, reading various Anton's writings.
Moreau Cage made his directorial debut in with Sonny , a low-budget drama starring James Franco as a male prostitute whose mother Brenda Blethyn serves as his pimp. Cage had a small role in the film, which received poor reviews and a short run in a limited number of theatres. In early December , Cage announced at the Bahamas International Film Festival that he planned to curtail his future acting endeavors to pursue other interests.
He has written introductions for Juxtapoz magazine and purchased the painting Death on the Boards. In February , Cage said that, at a certain point in his career, he realized that he had developed his own method of acting, which he described as "Nouveau Shamanic.
In some occasions Cage stood up for his extreme method acting. For Birdy , in order to physically feel the pain of his character a veteran from Vietnam War , Cage removed two teeth without any anesthesia. He also spent five weeks with his face wrapped in bandages, receiving brutal reactions by various people for his aspect.
When he took the bandages off, his skin was infected because of acne and ingrowing hairs. According to The Guardian film critic Luke Buckmaster, "any casual observer can see that Cage is entertaining, charismatic and wildly flamboyant". Attributing it partly to the "well-cultured" background of Cage's family, Buckmaster said the actor "is clearly attracted to grotesque characters and is celebrated for his wild and unhinged approach to them.
He has the presence of a leading man, and the eccentricities of a character actor. During the s, a growing number of film critics have described Cage as one of the most underrated actors of his generation. Weston was the lead singer of the black metal band Eyes of Noctum, which broke up in Arsh Anubis, his new band of the same genre, was formed in Weston also appeared in his father's film Lord of War as Vladimir, a young Ukrainian mechanic who quickly disarms a Mil Mi helicopter.
Weston has given Cage two grandsons born in and Cage has been married four times. His first wife was actress Patricia Arquette married in April , divorce finalized in Cage is an Elvis fan and used the star as the base of his performance in Wild at Heart.
Presley and Cage married on August 10, , and filed for divorce days later on November 25, The divorce was finalized on May 16, Cage's third wife is Alice Kim. They were married at a private ranch in northern California on July 30, Cage grew up in a family of Catholic background, but does not talk about religion publicly and refuses to answer religion-connected questions in his interviews.
I feel movies are best left enigmatic, left raising more questions than answers. I don't want to ever preach. So [whatever you get] from the movie [is] far more interesting than [anything] I could ever offer. During his visit to University of California, Santa Cruz he stated that he is not a politically active actor and that he can do it in his work as he learned "more about nuclear power from the movie The China Syndrome ".
Cage has been called one of the most generous stars in Hollywood. In he bought a property on Paradise Island , Bahamas. His grandmother was German, living in Cochem an der Mosel. It borders the Norman Bird Sanctuary to the west. The sale ranked among the state of Rhode Island's most expensive residential purchases. On July 14, , the Internal Revenue Service filed documents in New Orleans in connection with a federal tax lien against property owned by Cage in Louisiana, concerning unpaid federal taxes.
Levin, alleging negligence and fraud. Samuel Levin filed a counter-complaint and responded to the lawsuit in a filing stating that he warned Cage that he was living beyond his means and urged him to spend less. Levin's filing states that "instead of listening to Levin, cross-defendant Cage Coppola spent most of his free time shopping for high ticket purchases, and wound up with 15 personal residences.
Kathleen Turner wrote in her memoir, Send Your Roses , that Cage had stolen a chihuahua and was arrested twice for drunk-driving while they filmed Peggy Sue Got Married. The suit was in response to an order that she leave the dwelling; the order resulted from Cage's financial difficulties. Cage was arrested in New Orleans' French Quarter district on April 15, for suspicion of domestic abuse battery , disturbing the peace and public intoxication.
A police officer was flagged down by onlookers after Cage allegedly grabbed his wife's upper arm while appearing to be under the influence of alcohol. For his contributions to the film industry , Cage was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in with a motion pictures star located at Hollywood Boulevard.
He spoke at the commencement ceremony. He was nominated for a second one for his role in the film Adaptation in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Not to be confused with Nicholas Gage. American actor. Cage at the Deauville American Film Festival. Long Beach, California , U. Patricia Arquette m. Lisa Marie Presley m. Alice Kim m. Erika Koike m.
August Coppola Joy Vogelsang. Further information: Nicolas Cage filmography. Everything — from individual scenes down to single lines of dialogue — feel like they have been embraced as opportunities for creation. Cage is usually interesting even when his films are not.
He is erratic and unpredictable; he is captivating and he is capricious. He is a performer. He is a troubadour. He is a jazz musician. Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Nicolas Cage.