Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City of Edmonton News. Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Entertainment
Celebrity Then And Now
Publication: City Of Edmonton News.
Posted by Lexi Schwartz
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Nicolas Cage

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Famous For:
Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Face/Off
Networth:
$25 Million
Currently Known For:
Actor, Filmmaker, Director, and Producer
Famous Years:
1980s - Present
Birthdate:
January 7, 1964
Nicolas Cage


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  Famous For:
Leaving Las Vegas, The Rock, Face/Off

  Networth:
$25 Million

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“Celebrity is a word I take great umbrage with. I’m actively anti-celebrity.” Nicolas Cage might be part of Hollywood’s famous Coppola family dynasty, but he’s spent the last three decades proving his talents outside of the family name. He got his start in the early 1980s with Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), and Moonstruck (1987). Then, he took on more dramatic roles in the 1990s and earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his work in Leaving Las Vegas (1995). Now known for films like Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), National Treasure (2004), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), let’s take a closer look at Cage’s career and why he was so determined to find success outside the Coppola name! Advertisements:

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Born into a Hollywood Dynasty

Nicolas Kim Coppola was born on January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, California to a literature professor and choreographer. His uncle, director Francis Ford Coppola, and his aunt, actress Talia Shire, introduced the youngster to the glitz and glamor of Hollywood at an early age. Cage was determined to join the family business and was 15 years old when he begged his uncle to give him a screen test. His uncle refused but Cage persisted and decided to pursue his career outside of the family name. He adopted a new stage name and set out to be like his idol, James Dean.

“I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean,” Cage said of his early ambitions. “I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden. It blew my mind. I was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’”

After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, Cage enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film, and Television. He made his theatrical debut in the college’s production of Golden Boy. His determination and dedication paid off in 1982 when he made his film debut with a minor role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). The project earned him some respect from his uncle who cast him in Rumble Fish (1983) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).

Cage’s career blossomed throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s as he joined Cher in Moonstruck (1987) and earned praise for his performances in Raising Arizona (1987) and Wild at Heart (1990). Then, in 1995, he stunned critics with his Award-winning performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas, which earned him an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. The film established his talent for taking on dramatic roles as he sealed his fate with leading roles in The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), and City of Angels (1998).

Settling into Fame and Life Behind the Scenes

Cage launched Saturn Films, his production company, in the new millennium and came out of the gate strong with Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003). He earned another Academy Award nomination for his performance in Adaptation (2002) and made his directorial debut in Sonny (2002). Two years later, he starred in his second highest grossing film to date, National Treasure (2004), and proved he was unstoppable with flicks like Lord of War (2004), Ghost Rider (2007), and Knowing (2009).

Over the last decade, Cage continued to work on the silver screen in The Croods (2013), Joe (2014), and Mom and Dad (2018), the latter of which was a special project for the actor and filmmaker. “I’ve always wanted to try and see if I could approach something that combines menace and comedy,” he said of the film. “If you do it well, they go beautifully together because they’re both different points of madness. Nobody wanted to make the script because the concept is totally socially taboo and irreverent and all wrong. How do you make a movie about parents trying to murder their children funny or comical? I knew it was in there. We just committed to it.”

Cage’s commitment to the role paid off and he returned to film in Mandy (2018), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) and Love, Antosha (2019). He’s currently working on a variety of projects including Looking Glass, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies, Primal, Running with the Devil, and The Croods 2. “I’m enjoying the direction it’s going more than I have before,” he says. “I do feel that my instrument—being my body, my voice, my facial expressions, my imagination, my memories—has put me at a place where I have more access to emotional content to inform a performance than I did when I was younger. For me, I am happy, at this particular moment. I like where I’m going.”

Outside of his career in the spotlight, Cage seems fully content with his life at home. No stranger to the tabloids, his personal life made headlines over the years after his relationship with actress Christina Fulton in 1988 made him a first-time father with the birth of his son, Weston Coppola, in 1990. He married actress Patricia Arquette in 1995 (div. 2001) and then shocked the world when he married Lisa Marie Presley on August 10, 2002. The couple filed for divorce 107 days later in November 2005, but the divorce wasn’t finalized until May 2014. With the ink still wet on his divorce decree, Cage married Alice Kim. A year later, they welcomed their son, Kal-El, in October 2005. Cage and Kim were together for 11 years before they separated and divorced in 2016.

Cage married Erika Kolke in Las Vegas in March 2019 only to annul the marriage four days later. Now single, we have no doubt the 55-year-old Cage won’t waste any time finding his next romance. In the meantime, he focuses on being a good father and finding projects that challenge him and bring him joy. “I haven’t made anything I don’t believe in,” he says. “I’ve always started a movie with a song in my heart, and even when I’m a little unclear about it, something magical happens and it comes into focus in a way that I’m feeling good about.”

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