Nicolas Cage is well-known for his diversity of dramatic roles and everyman qualities. From starring in a saccharine-infused chick flick to playing a gritty southern convict with a heart of gold, Mr. Cage has an infinite reputation as a big-money earner with proven acting chops. He briefly studied at UCLA’s acting school.
A lot is made of Cage’s famous uncle: Francis Ford Coppola. So much so Nicolas Kim Coppola managed to become Nicolas Cage. The surname “Cage” was at least partially derived from a comic book character, according to the 46 year-old actor. Growing up in Beverly Hills, Cage had several famous classmates and was immersed in showbiz from the beginning. He knew he his chosen craft very early, and left high school before graduating. Avoiding the shadow in a jealous business was hard on Nick from the beginning. He had a slow career at the beginning, and did odd jobs, including working at a theater. He is commonly known to begin his career as a minor character in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
A chronological treatise of Cage’s works is extensive. From the mid-to-late 1980s, he was involved in his core acting abilities according to some critics. He is allegedly well-defined to be a specific serious dramatic actor, and began a progressive infiltration of decent flicks, including the romcom Moonstruckin 1987. In the same year, he gained street credentials with Raising Arizona, the Coen’s major sophomore attempt. In the 90s, however; is when the actor blossomed into bona fide movie stardom. Nominated twice for an Academy Award, he won the Best Actor honor in 1995 for Leaving Las Vegas, with Elisabeth Shue. After that, Cage gravitated toward more action and blockbuster characters. He touts the thriller Face/Off with John Travolta to be his favorite film, stating: “Without tooting my own horn – I think it’s a masterpiece.”
As his reputation became enhanced as a moneymaker for action-adventure, his dramatic work had a less-than-satisfactory reception. After he shot back-to-back-to-back action flicks in Con Air, The Rock and Snake Eyes, Cage wanted to take a new road. He attributes that occurrence to the thought-provoking nature of Lord of War and The Weather Man, and dismisses these monetary failures as artistic misunderstandings. The same year the critically-acclaimed Adaptationwas released starring the actor (2002), his movie Windtalkers lost over 80 million dollars. Incidentally, Cage banked a cool 20 million for this role. This year also marked his directorial debut with Sonny, a film about an army veteran starring James Franco.
Shortly after the universally awful The Wicker Man, Nicolas continued with modest action movies, including Kick-Ass, the hit National Treasure franchise, and Grindhouse. More recently, the actor is also in the Ghost-Rider sequel. Even after an extensive career, he has no signs of slowing down, Cage has an expected 12 movies between 2009 and 2012.
Mr. Cage’s favorite hobbies may be buying expensive items and jousting with the Internal Revenue Service. He has a knack for fancy cars, and once bought a Lamborghini for almost half a million dollars. His charity work includes at least two million in donations. He’s claims to be an avid art fan, and has pieces of his own work. In addition, Mr. Cage is fascinated with architecture, owning many houses throughout the world. He has one child (Weston Coppola Cage b. 1990) with a former girlfriend. Former spousal flames include the famous Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley. He currently resides in Newport Beach, CA with wife Alice.