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Nicolas Cage

Nicholas Cage posing for photos with fans on the set of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Treasure_2» \o «National Treasure
2» National Treasure 2 at the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Maryland%2C_College_Park» \o
«University of Maryland, College Park» University of Maryland

Birth name Nicholas Kim Coppola

Born HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_7» \o «January 7»
January 7 , HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964» \o «1964»
1964 (1964-01-07) (age 43)

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Beach%2C_California» \o
«Long Beach, California» Long Beach , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California» \o «California» California ,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USA» \o «USA» USA

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award» \o «Academy
Award» Academy Awards

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Best_Actor»
\o «Academy Award for Best Actor» Best Actor 1995
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas» \o «Leaving
Las Vegas» Leaving Las Vegas

HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Globe_Award» \o «Golden
Globe Award» Golden Globe Awards

HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Globe_Award_for_Best_Actor_-_Motion
_Picture_Drama» \o «Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Motion Picture
Drama» Best Actor — Motion Picture Drama

1996 HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas» \o
«Leaving Las Vegas» Leaving Las Vegas

Nicolas Cage (born HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/January_7»
\o «January 7» January 7 , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964» \o «1964» 1964 ) is an HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award» \o «Academy Award» Academy
Award -winning HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States»
\o «United States» American HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actor» \o «Actor» actor . Cage has also
worked as a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_director» \o
«Film director» director and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_producer» \o «Film producer»
producer , through his production company Saturn Films. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-saturn» \o «» [1] As of
2007, he has been nominated twice for an HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award» \o «Academy Award» Academy
Award as HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award_for_Best_Actor» \o «Academy
Award for Best Actor» Best Actor in a Leading Role , winning one of
them for his performance in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas» \o «Leaving Las Vegas»
Leaving Las Vegas .

Biography

Early life

Cage was born Nicholas Kim Coppola in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Beach%2C_California» \o «Long Beach,
California» Long Beach, California . His father, August Floyd Coppola,
is a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparative_literature»
\o «Comparative literature» comparative literature HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professor» \o «Professor» professor and
a pioneer of studies for the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blind» \o «Blind» blind , while his
mother, Joy Vogelsang, is a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Choreographer» \o «Choreographer»
choreographer and HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancer» \o
«Dancer» dancer who suffered from chronic depression; HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-0» \o «» [2] HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-1» \o «» [3] the two
divorced in 1976. Cage’s mother is of part German descent and his father
is HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_American» \o
«Italian American» Italian American , with his paternal grandparents
being HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carmine_Coppola» \o
«Carmine Coppola» Carmine Coppola and Italia Pennino, an actress.
Through his father, Cage is the nephew of director HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Ford_Coppola» \o «Francis Ford
Coppola» Francis Ford Coppola and actress HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talia_Shire» \o «Talia Shire» Talia Shire
, as well as the cousin of director HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Coppola» \o «Sofia Coppola» Sofia
Coppola and actors HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Carmine» \o «Robert Carmine»
Robert Carmine and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Schwartzman» \o «Jason Schwartzman»
Jason Schwartzman . Cage’s two brothers are Christopher Coppola, a
director, and Marc «The Cope» Coppola, a New York radio personality.
Cage was raised HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic» \o
«Catholic» Catholic . HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l
«_note-2» \o «» [4]

Cage, who went to HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beverly_Hills_High_School» \o «Beverly
Hills High School» Beverly Hills High School (the same high school as
fellow entertainers HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Brooks» \o «Albert Brooks» Albert
Brooks , HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angelina_Jolie» \o
«Angelina Jolie» Angelina Jolie , HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenny_Kravitz» \o «Lenny Kravitz» Lenny
Kravitz , HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slash» \o «Slash»
Slash , HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Reiner» \o «Rob
Reiner» Rob Reiner , and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Schwimmer» \o «David Schwimmer»
David Schwimmer ), aspired to act from an early age. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-imdb» \o «» [5] His first
(non-cinematic) acting experience was in a school production of
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Boy» \o «Golden Boy»
Golden Boy . He is also good friends with fellow actor HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Depp» \o «Johnny Depp» Johnny Depp
whom he advised to get into acting.

Career

While a teenager he had no job, as he was rejected from every job he
applied for. In order to avoid cries of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepotism» \o «Nepotism» nepotism as the
nephew of HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Ford_Coppola» \o «Francis Ford
Coppola» Francis Ford Coppola , Cage changed his name from Nicholas
Coppola to Nicolas Cage early in his career. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-3» \o «» [6] The assumed
surname is inspired by HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvel_Comics» \o «Marvel Comics» Marvel
Comics character HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Cage»
\o «Luke Cage» Luke Cage , a streetwise superhero. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-imdb» \o «» [5] Since his
feature film debut in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fast_Times_at_Ridgemont_High» \o «Fast
Times at Ridgemont High» Fast Times at Ridgemont High , in which he had
a minute role opposite HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sean_Penn» \o «Sean Penn» Sean Penn ,
Cage has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat,
including lead in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire%27s_Kiss» \o «Vampire’s Kiss»
Vampire’s Kiss .

Cage has twice been nominated for an HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academy_Award» \o «Academy Award» Academy
Award and won once, for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaving_Las_Vegas» \o «Leaving
Las Vegas» Leaving Las Vegas . His performance in his 2007 blockbuster
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Next» \o «Next» Next brought
him much acclaim in Hollywood. His other nomination was for playing
real-life screenwriter HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Kaufman» \o «Charlie Kaufman»
Charlie Kaufman and Kaufman’s fictional twin Donald in HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adaptation.» \o «Adaptation.» Adaptation.
Both of those films were offbeat, low-budget films to which Cage lent
his superstar clout. Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile
films have performed poorly at the box office compared with his more
mainstream, action-filled efforts. In HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005» \o «2005» 2005 , for example,
audiences ignored two offbeat, non-mainstream films he headlined,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_War» \o «Lord of War»
Lord of War and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weather_Man» \o «The Weather Man» The
Weather Man . Despite good reviews for his acting and nationwide
releases for both films, neither found a significant audience. Poor
reviews for the film HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wicker_Man_%282006_film%29» \o «The
Wicker Man (2006 film)» The Wicker Man did not, inversely, create a
hit; to further buck the trend, the critically-panned HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Rider_%28film%29» \o «Ghost Rider
(film)» Ghost Rider (2007) was a significant hit, earning more than
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USD» \o «USD» $ 45 million
during its opening weekend (landing in the top spot) and over $208
million worldwide through the weekend ending on 25 March 2007.

Most of his financial successes have come from his forays into the
action-adventure genre. In his highest grossing film to date,
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Treasure_%28film%29» \o
«National Treasure (film)» National Treasure , he played an HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eccentric» \o «Eccentric» eccentric
historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by
the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founding_Fathers_of_the_United_States» \o
«Founding Fathers of the United States» Founding Fathers of the United
States . Other action hits in which Cage has starred include HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rock_%28film%29» \o «The Rock (film)»
The Rock , in which he played a young FBI chemical weapons expert who
infiltrates HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcatraz_Island»
\o «Alcatraz Island» Alcatraz Island in hopes of neutralizing a
terrorist threat, HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Face/Off» \o
«Face/Off» Face/Off , a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Woo» \o «John Woo» John Woo film
where he played both a HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hero»
\o «Hero» hero and a HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villain» \o «Villain» villain , and
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_%28film%29»
\o «World Trade Center (film)» World Trade Center , director
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oliver_Stone» \o «Oliver Stone»
Oliver Stone ‘s film regarding the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/September_11%2C_2001_attacks» \o
«September 11, 2001 attacks» September 11, 2001 attacks . He also had a
small but notable role as the Chinese criminal mastermind HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Fu_Manchu» \o «Dr. Fu Manchu» Dr. Fu
Manchu in HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Zombie» \o «Rob
Zombie» Rob Zombie ‘s fake trailer Werewolf Women of the S.S. from the
critically-acclaimed B-movie double feature HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grindhouse_%28film%29» \o «Grindhouse
(film)» Grindhouse . (NFC)

In recent years, Cage has experimented in other film-related fields
besides acting. He made his directorial debut with Sonny, a low-budget
drama starring HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Franco»
\o «James Franco» James Franco as a male prostitute whose mother (
HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Blethyn» \o «Brenda
Blethyn» Brenda Blethyn ) serves as his pimp. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-saturn» \o «» [1] Cage had a
small role in the grim film, which received poor reviews and a short run
in a limited number of theatres.

Cage’s producing career has seen more success. HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_of_the_Vampire» \o «Shadow of the
Vampire» Shadow of the Vampire , the first film produced by Saturn
Films HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-saturn» \o «»
[1] , the company he founded with partner Norm Golightly, was nominated
for an Academy Award. He also produced HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Life_of_David_Gale» \o «The Life of
David Gale» The Life of David Gale , a death penalty-themed thriller
with HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Spacey» \o «Kevin
Spacey» Kevin Spacey and HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Winslet» \o «Kate Winslet» Kate
Winslet .

In early December 2006, Cage announced at the Bahamas International Film
Festival that he would be taking time off from acting. Accordingly, he
has eight films currently in the works. Cage said, «I feel I’ve made a
lot of movies already and I want to start exploring other opportunities
that I can apply myself to, whether it’s writing or other interests that
I may develop». HYPERLINK «http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/» \l «_note-4»
\o «» [7] Cage is listed as the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_producer» \o «Executive
producer» executive producer of the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dresden_Files_%28TV_series%29» \o «The
Dresden Files (TV series)» The Dresden Files on the HYPERLINK
«http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sci_Fi_Channel_%28United_States%29» \o
«Sci Fi Channel (United States)» Sci-Fi Channel .

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