Nicolas Cage Biography

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The Croods 3D

Score: 8.17 / 10
Released: March 22, 2013
Director: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco
Producer: Kristine Belson, Jane Hartwell
Studio: Dreamworks Animation
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, Clark Duke
Genre: Comedy
Length: 98 minutes
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Nicolas Cage Biography


Date of Birth: January 7, 1964

Nicolas Cage's uncle is Francis Ford Coppola but he didn't want any favors in Hollywood so he changed his name from Coppola to Cage in honor of the musician John Cage. He has had a string of successes that range from comedy to romance to crime and thrillers. In 1996, he was the recipient of the Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas.

He is known for delving deeply into his roles and identifying with his characters, even to the extent of having a tooth removed without Novocaine for his 1989 role in Birdy. He also ate a live cockroach in Vampire's Kiss.

Nicolas was born in Los Angeles. His mother suffered bouts of depression and was hospitalized during his childhood. Nevertheless, he was close to her and later used his understanding of her mental illness to help create his film characters. His parents divorced when he was twelve. Nicolas left high school early to pursue acting studies at the American Conservatory Theater. He made his film debut in Valley Girl (1983) and began portraying a series of characters that were loopy, underhanded and borderline psychotic.

Nicolas played opposite Cher in the wildly popular Moonstruck, transforming himself from a brooding man who had been left at the altar to a romantic and cultured opera buff. Again, his performance was driven by real life, since he had recently suffered a break-up with actress Jenny Wright.

"My acting has always been my therapy, "says Nicolas. "The work has been what saved me."

In 2000, he tried his hand at something completely different—playing the lead in a romantic comedy with The Family Man, and he won a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for his effort. In Adaptation (2002), he played the dual role of brothers Charlie and Donald Kaufman, and earned Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for his performances. Nicolas reprised his role as the devil's right-hand man in Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012), the sequel to the 2007 hit, Ghost Rider. He then starred in the drama Joe (2014), the action thrillers Left Behind (2014) and Dying of the Light (2014), and the drama The Runner (2015).

The veteran actor was quite busy in 2016, starring in the crime thriller The Trust (2016) alongside Elijah Wood, the crime drama Dog Eat Dog (2016) opposite Willem Dafoe, the biopic Snowden (2016) starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the war drama USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016), and the comedy Army of One (2016).

This year he starred in the horror Mom and Dad (2018), alongside Selma Blair and the action thriller 211 (2018). More recently, he appeared in the horror thriller Mandy(2018) as a man seeking murderous revenge on a sadistic cult leader.

Nicolas has been married three times — his first wife was actress Patricia Arquette (1995 to 2001), but the marriage ended in divorce. A long time Elvis fan, he then married Lisa Marie Presley, but his second marriage lasted only a few months. He is currently separated from third wife Alice Kim, whom he met at a sushi bar where she worked as a waitress. She was 20 when they married. They have a son together, named Kal-el Coppola Cage. Nicolas also has a son, Weston Coppola-Cage, from a previous relationship.

* 1995 Actor in a Leading Role Oscar winner for Leaving Las Vegas.

Filmography (actor):

Looking Glass (2018)
Mandy (2018)
The Humanity Bureau (2017)
Mom and Dad (2018)
Arsenal (2017)
Inconceivable (2017)
Army of One (2016)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)
Snowden (2016)
Dog Eat Dog (2016)
The Trust (2016)
Pay the Ghost (2015)
The Runner (2015)
Dying of the Light (2014)
Left Behind (2014)
Outcast (2013)
Joe (2014)
The Frozen Ground (2013)
The Croods (2013) (Voice)
Stolen (2012)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
Trespass (2011)

Seeking Justice (2011)

Drive Angry (2011)
Season of the Witch (2011)
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Astro Boy (2009) (voice)
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans (2009)
G-Force (2009) (voice)
Knowing (2009)
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Next (2007)
Grindhouse (2007)
Ghost Rider (2007)
The Wicker Man (2006)
World Trade Center (2006)
The Any Bully (2006) (voice)
The Weather Man (2005)
Lord of War (2005)
National Treasure (2004)
Matchstick Men (2003)
Adaptation (2002)
Sonny (2002)
Windtalkers (2002)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001)
The Family Man (2000)
Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
Bring Out the Dead (1999)
8MM (1999)
Snake Eyes (1998)
City of Angels (1998)
Face/Off (1997)
Con Air (1997)
The Rock (1996)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Guarding Tess (1994)
Deadfall (1993)
Red Rocket West (1993)
Amos & Andrew (1993)
Homeymoon in Vegas (1992)
Zandalee (1991)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Fire Birds (1990)
Tempo di uccidere (1989)
Never on Tuesday (1989) (uncredited)
Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
Moonstruck (1987)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
The Boy in Blue (1986)
Birdy (1984)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Racing with the moon (1984)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Valley Girl (1983)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Filmography (director):

Sonny (2002)

Filmography → Oscars™ Nominations and Awards

Actor Kill Chain (2019)
Actor Primal (2019)
Actor 211 (2018)
Actor Between Worlds (2018)
Actor Mandy (2018)
Actor Mom and Dad (2018)
Actor Arsenal (2017)
Actor Inconceivable (2017)
Actor Army of One (2016)
Actor Snowden (2016)
Actor The Trust (2016)
Actor USS Indianapolis (2016)
Actor Outcast (2015)
Actor The Runner (2015)
Actor Joe (2014)
Actor Left Behind (2014)
Actor The Croods (2013)
Actor The Croods 3D (2013)
Actor The Frozen Ground (2013)
Actor Stolen (2013)
Actor Seeking Justice (2012)
Actor Drive Angry (2011)
Actor Drive Angry 3D (2011)
Actor Trespass (2011)
Actor Kick-Ass (2010)
Actor Astro Boy (2009)
Actor G-Force (2009)
Actor Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Producer Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
Actor Ghost Rider (2007)
Actor Next (2007)
Producer Next (2007)
Actor The Ant Bully (2006)
Actor The Wicker Man (2006)
Producer The Wicker Man (2006)
Actor Lord of War (2005)
Producer Lord of War (2005)
Actor The Weather Man (2005)
Actor National Treasure (2004)
Producer The Life of David Gale (2003)
Actor Matchstick Men (2003)
Actor Adaptation (2002) Actor in a Leading Role Nominee
Actor Windtalkers (2002)
Actor The Family Man (2000)
Producer Shadow Of The Vampire (2000)
Actor 8MM (1999)
Actor City Of Angels (1998)
Actor Face/Off (1998)
Actor Snake Eyes (1998) (1998)
Actor Moonstruck (1987)
Actor Raising Arizona (1987)