/ : Nicolas Cage /

Birth Name: Nicolas Kim Coppola
Birthdate: January 7, 1964
Birthplace: Long Beach, California
Occupation: Actor
Quote: "The next morning [after winning the Oscar], I'm downtown... walking by the newstand, and it was the first time I'd ever been on the front page of the newspaper, which was...interesting. Then I went to this old coffee shop to have a cup of coffee and some pancakes, and the cooks and chefs come out and clap, and it was a great feeling." - GQ magazine, March 1997
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Claim to Fame: Played punk rocker Randy in Valley Girl (1983)

Significant Other(s):
Lori Allison; dated; no longer together
Kristina Fulton, actress; born 1957; dated; relationship ended 1991
Sarah Jessica Parker, actress; had one-year relationship; no longer together
Kristen Zang; together 1992-94; engaged; engagement and relationship ended 1994
Wife: Patricia Arquette, actress; born April 8, 1968; married April 1995; together on and off; separated November 2000; divorced May 2001
Lisa Marie Presley, singer; only child of Elvis; began dating in April 2001

Father: August Coppola, writer
Mother: Joy Vogelsang, dancer
Uncle: Francis Ford Coppola, director, producer, screenwriter
Brother: Marc, disc jockey; older
Brother: Christopher Coppola, director, screenwriter, producer, composer; older
Son: Weston Coppola Cage; born December 1990; mother, Kristina Fulton

Engaging, sleepy-eyed American star, a nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola who graduated from teenage parts in "Valley Girl" (1983) and his uncle's underrated "Rumble Fish" (1983) to a series of effective, idiosyncratic leading roles.

Cage first made serious dramatic waves opposite Matthew Modine in "Birdy" (1984), Alan Parker's duet for emotionally scarred Vietnam veterans. His callow 1950s rocker in Coppola's nostalgic "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986) was not praised at the time, but now seems like a skillful caricature. His goofier qualities again assumed center stage in the Coen brothers' screwball comedy "Raising Arizona" (1987) and David Lynch's odyssey, "Wild at Heart" (1990).

Although critics were divided on Cage's work as the inarticulate but philosophical baker in the popular "Moonstruck" (1987), they united with the public in ignoring "Amos and Andrew" (1993), but his wacky charm was central to the success of Andrew Bergman's comedy, "Honeymoon in Vegas" (1992). Returning to the Nevada city in Mike Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), he delivered a multi-layered Oscar-winning performance as an alcoholic writer out to commit suicide. Bringing warmth and humor to what could have been an unsympathetic role, Cage earned some of the best notices of his career and won nearly every award including a Best Actor Oscar. His follow-up, "The Rock" (1996), was an action thriller in which he played an FBI agent attempting to save hostages taken prisoner at Alcatraz. He continued in the action vein with "Face/Off" (1997), opposite John Travolta, and "Snake Eyes" (1998), helmed by Brian De Palma. Cage did attempt a romantic role as an angel who falls in love with a surgeon (Meg Ryan) in "City of Angels" (also 1998), loosely based on Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire".

Windtalkers (2002)
Constantine (2002)
Adaptation (2002)
Celebrities: Caught On Camera (2001)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
Gone In 60 Seconds (2000)
Bel Air (2000)
Shadow of the Vampire (2000)
The Family Man (2000)
8MM (1999)
Bringing Out the Dead (1999)
City of Angels (1998)
Snake Eyes (1998)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998)
Con Air (1997)
Face/Off (1997)
The Rock (1996)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Guarding Tess (1994)
It Could Happen to You (1994)
Trapped in Paradise (1994)
Amos and Andrew (1993)
Red Rock West (1993)
Deadfall (1993)
American Heroes and Legends: Davy Crockett (1992)
Honeymoon in Vegas (1992)
American Heroes and Legends: Davy Crockett (1992)
Zandalee (1991)
Firebirds (1990)
Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted (1990)
Wild at Heart (1990)
Time to Kill (1989)
Vampire's Kiss (1989)
Never on Tuesday (1988)
Moonstruck (1987)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Boy in Blue (1986)
Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Racing with the Moon (1984)
Birdy (1984)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Valley Girl (1983)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)

1984: Cannes Film Festival: Jury Prize, Birdy
1995: San Sebastian Film Festival: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Los Angeles Film Critics Circle: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Boston Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: National Society of Film Critics: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (drama), Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Screen Actors Guild: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Chicago Film Critics: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas
1995: Oscar: Best Actor, Leaving Las Vegas

Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (July 31, 1998)

American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California; majored in acting




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