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Nicolas Cage
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Also known as:Nicolas Kim Coppola
Occupation:Actor • Voice Cast • Executive Producer • Producer
Born:January 7, 1964
Birthplace:California, United States Of America
Spouse:Lisa Marie Presley, Patricia Arquette, Alice Kim
Children:2
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Known by his stage name Nicolas Cage, Nicolas Kim Coppola is an American-born actor, producer, and philanthropist. Cage is popular for playing deep, intense roles and has appeared in movies such as Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998). For essaying Ben Sanderson in the romantic drama film, Leaving Las Vegas, Cage bagged the Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for Best Actor. To felicitate his contribution to American cinema, the actor received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton, in 2001.

Early Life
Born in California, the USA to Joy Vogelsang, a choreographer and August Coppola, a literature professor, Cage`s paternal grandfather were Carmine Coppola, a music composer, and his paternal grandmother was Italia Pennino, an actress. Cage`s uncle is the renowned Hollywood filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, who is the man behind movies such as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, and Apocalypse Now. In fact, Cage adopted a different stage name, only because he wanted to build his own identity in the industry and didn`t want to be known just as Francis Ford Coppola`s nephew. The actor also has two older brothers- Marc and Christopher.

Encouraged by his father to, Cage enrolled in Beverly Hills High School, famous for producing top-notch entertainers like Angelina Jolie, David Schwimmer, and Lenny Kravitz. There he realized that he is meant to act and no amount of formal education can teach him that. Largely noted for his method acting, Cage then dropped out of school, making his television debut with Best of Times, in 1981. He later graduated UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Personal Life
Nicolas Cage was in a long-term relationship with actress and model Christina Fulton. The couple also has a son Weston Coppola Cage, born in 1990. However, due to irreconcilable differences, both parted ways. Their son is also an actor in the Hollywood industry, known for appearing in movies like Lord of War (2005), Rage (2014) and Deet `n Bax Save Th World (2015).

He has been, since then, married three times- His first marriage to his Bringing Out the Dead co-star Patricia Arquette, lasted for six years, from 1995 to 2001. His second marriage to Elvis Presley`s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, was a very short-lived one. The couple tied the knot in 2002 and got a divorce in 2004. He then married the ex-waitress, Alice Kim, in a private ceremony at a ranch on July 30, 2004. They have a son Kal-El, born in 2005. Both of them announced their separation in January 2016.

Movie Career
As an Actor
After appearing in a small role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Cage went on to star in the American romantic comedy Valley girl, which was loosely based on Shakespeare`s Romeo and Juliet. He, subsequently played had a minor role in Francis Ford Coppola`s critically acclaimed film Rumble Fish (1983). Cage then featured in movies like The Cotton Club (1984), Birdy (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Moonstruck (1987), Wild at Heart (1990), Vampire`s Kiss (1992) and the comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992).

In 1995, for portraying the role of the suicidal alcoholic screenwriter, Ben Sanderson in Mike Figgis romantic drama film Leaving Las Vegas, Cage received worldwide critical acclaim, taking home his first Oscar for his leading role. He further appeared in starring roles in movie such as Michael Bay`s action thriller The Rock (1996), Brian De Palma`s Snake Eyes (1998), and Dominic Sena`s action drama Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), and Spike Jonze`s comedy-drama Adaptation (2002). In 2004, the actor appeared in the holiday blockbuster National Treasure, playing an archaeologist-historian who believes a treasure map is hidden on the back of the Declaration of Independence. Directed by Jon Turteltaub, the movie along with Cage starred Harvey KeitelJon Voight, Sean Bean, and Christopher Plummer in the lead roles.

He has also been a part of the commercially successful, supernatural superhero film, Ghost Rider (2007), where he played the titular role, which he later reprised it in its sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2014). Nicolas Cage`s 2017 release includes Steven C. Miller`s thriller film Arsenal, which along with cage stars John Cusack, Adrian Grenier, Lydia Hull, and Heather Johansen in important roles. His other works include Mandy (2018), Spider-Man: Into The Spider Verse (2018), Color Out Of Space (2020) and The Croods: A New Age (2020).

As a Director
Cage made his directorial debut with the crime drama film Sonny. Starring James Franco, the movie bombed at the box office, with a 23% rating on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes.

As Producer
He has been a producer behind movies like Sonny (2002), Lord of War (2005), The Wicker Man (2006), and Bangkok Dangerous (2008).

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Family
Lisa Marie Presley
Ex-Spouse
Patricia Arquette
Ex-Spouse
Alice Kim
Ex-Spouse
Weston Coppola Cage
Son
Kal-el Coppola Cage
Son
Joy Vogelsang
Mother
August Coppola
Father
Christopher Coppola
Brother
Marc Coppola
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Did You Know? (4)

  • It was because of Nicolas Cage, that the Hollywood actor Johnny Depp got his first acting job.
  • Nicolas Cage and the legendary Michael Jackson were both married to the same woman: Lisa Marie Presley.
  • Being the method actor that he is, in the 1984 movie Birdy, Cage played a man, severely wounded in Vietnam, and during production, he decided to get his teeth pulled to feel the same kind of man.
  • Cage has got a large back tattoo of a lizard in a top hat and once upon a time, also owned a one.
  • Personal Quotes (15)

  • ""It`s good to make movies that are tragedies, where people can think about things in life that are undeniable, that everyone has to deal with. But at the same time, it`s also healing to make movies that are entertaining, that are a lot of fun, where you don`t have to think about your problems.""
  • "“To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.”"
  • "“There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic.”"
  • "“Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild.”"
  • "“What happens is, you become different people in your path as an actor. When I was doing those things, I was a very new actor. I didn't have a lot of training, and I was trying to make some sort of impact because that was what was important for me at the time - to get on the map. There were things I would do that were more shocking or approaches I would do to try and live the character because I didn't have the training. But then, as I went on, I started to find other methods, ways to get into characters that weren't exactly destroying my life”"
  • "“Superman is an American myth. Like the English have Shakespeare.”"
  • "“I'm up for anything that will get me to the truth of a performance.”"
  • "“I don't take criticism seriously and I don't take praise seriously, both would be a mistake. If you buy into the negative that is the Internet today or the cynical critic, it's not unlike listening to an abusive father that's trying to cave you in and you can't function. If you buy into praise, to people who adore you, you might get lazy and say, 'Well, I'll just keep doing that.' You have to stay uncomfortable. I learned that from David Bowie. I said, 'How do you do it? How do you keep reinventing yourself?' He said, 'I just never got comfortable with anything I was doing.' I knew those were words of wisdom from a great artist and I took those words seriously.”"
  • "Snakes are sometimes perceived as evil, but they are also perceived as medicine. If you look at an ambulance, there's the two snakes on the side of the ambulance. The caduceus, or the staff of Hermes, there's the two snakes going up it, which means that the venom can also be healing."
  • "I have dogs, and it's no secret that I find reptiles interesting, but the thing about reptiles is that they really just wanna be left alone, and I understand them. It's, 'Don't pick me up, stop holding me, don't look at me, just leave me alone.' I have to admit, sometimes I feel like that. "
  • "Film acting is one of the only industries where you're criticized for working hard. In any other industry, it's considered a quality and something to behold. "
  • "As a teenager I was more of an anarchist, but now I want people to thrive and be harmonious. "
  • "I try not to be proud. I try to actively attack pride. "
  • "The end of the world is on people's minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility. "
  • "I've gotten pretty good at leaving characters on the set. I go home and try to relax and regroup and be ready for the next day. "
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