Nicolas Cage
American actor and film producer
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage is an Academy Award–winning American actor, producer and director, having appeared in over 60 films including Raising Arizona (1987), The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Adaptation (2002), National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Ghost Rider (2007), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012).
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Nicolas Cage's personal information overview.
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Finding a centuries-old treasure in Manhattan
CNN - 11 days
It's not quite the same as Nicolas Cage searching for Freemason treasure beneath Trinity Church on Wall Street in "National Treasure."
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How NOT To Get A Literary Agent (In 20 Simple Steps!)
Huffington Post - 13 days
If you're a mediocre writer and want an agent to sign you....marry one. But if you're a talented writer, all it takes is getting your book into the hands of the right literary agent and BINGO....instant representation! Just don't do as I say and definitely don't do as I do below. Binge watch all I Love Lucy episodes and realize your intense desire to have an agent discover your writing skill is just as fierce (if not more-so) than that of the famous, harebrained redhead wanting to break into show business at Ricky's nightclub. Decide you need your own equivalent of "The Tropicana" and register for a Writers Conference, where there are sure to be tons of hot agents scouring to sign new, fledgling authors like yourself. Go on the internet to check out the hotel layout and notice they have lots of elevators. This is good news because now you can forget about taking the stairs for health reasons and instead craft a 30-second captivating elevator pitch! Practice a witty escala ...
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Review: ‘Arsenal’ Finds Nicolas Cage as a Criminal, Not Playing Nice
NYTimes - about 2 months
This movie, directed by Steven C. Miller, follows two brothers under pressure by a crime boss in Mississippi.
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People Are Imagining The White House Exit Pranks Obama Could Play
Huffington Post - 3 months
President Barack Obama will hand over the keys to the White House to President-elect Donald Trump in less than two months. And Twitter users are already suggesting some lighthearted practical jokes the outgoing POTUS could play on his successor, via @TheWeeHoursWar and @Dubzzzinyaface’s globally trending #WhiteHouseExitPranks hashtag. It follows the wildly popular post-election Joe Biden meme, in which people imagined the vice president’s conversations with Obama during the transition. Here are some of the best posts we’ve seen so far: Have an actor pose as the minister of magic to explain the ongoing Voldemort war to trump #WhiteHouseExitPranks — Donde Groovily (@DondeGroovily) November 26, 2016 #WhiteHouseExitPranks change all the clocks to different time zones pic.twitter.com/t9YNL7hVlM — TXgirl88 (@laceyh88) November 26, 2016 Give all white house staff a 2 week vacation beginning Jan. 20th, 2017. #DoItYourWay #WhiteHouseExitPra ...
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Review: ‘U.S.S. Indianapolis,’ a War (Yawn) Catastrophe
NYTimes - 3 months
Nicolas Cage stars in the movie, which manages to make one of World War II’s great disasters dull going — even with the shark attacks.
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Paul Schrader, Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe team in the wacky, never boring 'Dog Eat Dog'
LATimes - 4 months
Bad people do worse things in “Dog Eat Dog,” a pitch dark crime dramedy directed with whacked-out verve by Paul Schrader. Although it’s an often repellant, uneven film that, in the end, doesn’t amount to a whole lot, there’s something thrilling and a bit liberating about the anarchic vibe that...
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Why is Nicolas Cage making oddball direct-to-digital movies? Otherwise, 'I can be a little self-destructive'
LATimes - 4 months
Nicolas Cage has three movies hitting theaters in the next two weeks — and if that seems surprising or odd to you, it’s probably just because you haven’t been paying close attention lately to Cage’s always surprising and not infrequently odd career. “The worst thing one can be with filmmaking is...
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The kooky version of Nicolas Cage returns in 'Army of One'
LATimes - 4 months
If nothing else, the comedy “Army of One” brings back the unself-consciously kooky Nicolas Cage — the one who risks being abrasive for the trade-off of being memorable — after a string of mumbly, monotone performances, mostly in mediocre action movies. In “Army of One,” Cage and “Borat” director...
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Oliver Stone's Snowden: Toronto Film Festival From Afar
Huffington Post - 5 months
On Friday night, Oliver Stone's new movie, Snowden, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Early reviews were embargoed until then. But I can tell you, from the reaction of a tony crowd at a summer screening in East Hampton, let the award season begin with this movie. Peggy Siegal introduced Oliver Stone, providing a bit of the JFK director's resume: the 3 time Oscar winner adapted the script for Midnight Express (1978), and won for Best Picture and Best Director for Platoon (1986). His second Best Director award came for Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Stone makes important films, and his new one addresses and challenges our ideas about national security, and whether or not Edward Snowden is a hero. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the role, and Snowden is his best film. The supporting cast includes Melissa Leo as filmmaker Laura Poitras whose Citizen Four, an interview with the exiled Snowden, won an Academy Award for best documentary. Nicolas Cage is fine as a computer geek, and Sha ...
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'Big Bang's' Simon Helberg's Spot-On Nicolas Cage Impression
ABC News - 7 months
It's the best thing you'll see all day.
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Nicolas Cage, Alice Kim are separated after nearly 12 years of marriage
LATimes - 8 months
Nicolas Cage and Alice Kim, who got married nearly 12 years ago, have been separated since January, his rep confirmed to The Times on Friday. The two started dating in February 2004 after meeting at an L.A. restaurant where she was a waitress. They were engaged two months later and said “I do”...
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'The Trust' caper picture reminds us why we liked Nicolas Cage
LATimes - 10 months
In the sleepy, fitfully eccentric caper flick “The Trust,” Nicolas Cage plays a Vegas cop but thankfully tries to keep his performance from being a Vegas act. As ambitious, socially awkward property department officer Jim Stone, he’s eagle-eyed but full of dumb swagger — as he sniffs out a lead...
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Review: Cops in ‘The Trust’ Spice Up Deadly Dull Jobs
NYTimes - 10 months
Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood play police-department partners who deal with boredom, social invisibility and pent-up rage by planning a heist.
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Vince Neil and Nicolas Cage fight on the Las Vegas Strip after an incident with a fan
LATimes - 11 months
Headlining this week's celebrity brawls are Nicolas Cage and Vince Neil, who got into it physically in Las Vegas on Thursday. The two AARP-eligible stars looked like a couple of sloppy Tyrannosaurus rex tangling outside the Aria, where, according to TMZ sources, the Mötley Crüe rocker had gotten...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nicolas Cage
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 50
    Weston and his wife Danielle have a son, Lucian Augustus Coppola Cage, born July 1, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Cage has been married three times. His first wife was actress Patricia Arquette (married in April 1995, divorce finalized in 2001).
  • FORTIES
  • 2013
    Age 49
    He voiced the character Grug Crood in the animated film The Croods, which was released in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The Croods received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success grossing $585 million against a budget of $135 million.
  • 2012
    Age 48
    In 2012, Cage reprised his role in Ghost Rider's sequel Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
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  • 2011
    Age 47
    In November 2011, Cage also sold his Action Comics 1 in an online auction for a record-breaking $2.16 million (the previous record being $1.5 million), to assist paying his tax liens and other debts.
    More Details Hide Details Cage purchased the comic in 1997 for $110,000. In December 2009, Christina Fulton sued Cage for $13 million and for the house in which she was living. The suit was in response to an order that she leave the dwelling; the order resulted from Cage's financial difficulties. The case was settled in June 2011.
    Arsh Anubis, his new band of the same genre, was formed in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Weston also appeared in his father's film Lord of War as Vladimir, a young Ukrainian mechanic who quickly disarms a Mil Mi-24 helicopter.
    On May 5, 2011, it was announced that the charges against Cage had been dropped.
    More Details Hide Details This is a partial list of Cage's film work. For the complete list, see Nicolas Cage filmography. Cage has been nominated for an Academy Award twice. He won an Academy award for best actor in a leading role for his role in the film Leaving Las Vegas in 1995. He was nominated for a second one for his role in the film Adaptation in 2002. He also won a Golden Globe award, Screen Actors Guild award and many more awards for Leaving Las Vegas. He has received nominations by the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA for his films Adaptation, Honeymoon in Vegas and Moonstruck. He has been nominated several times for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor for such films as The Wicker Man. He has also won and been nominated for many other awards.
    He was later ordered to appear in court on May 31, 2011.
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    On April 15, 2011, at 11:30 pm, Cage was arrested in New Orleans' French Quarter district for suspicion of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public intoxication, after a police officer was flagged down by onlookers after Cage allegedly grabbed his wife's upper arm while appearing to be under the influence of alcohol.
    More Details Hide Details Cage was held in police custody until a bail of $11,000 was posted by Duane "Dog" Chapman.
    Since the beginning of Cage's career, many critics, including Roger Ebert, have described his performance as "operatic." In February 2011, Cage said that, at a certain point in his career, he realized that he had developed his own method of acting, which he described as "Nouveau Shamanic."
    More Details Hide Details He noted, "at some point I'll have to write a book" about it. Cage later explained that he drew the inspiration for the name from the book The Way of the Actor by Brian Bates, in which he read about the parallel between the ancient shamans and thespians. Cage's acting has been praised by film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote in his "Great Movies" essay, about the film Adaptation, that "There are often lists of the great living male movie stars: De Niro, Nicholson and Pacino, usually. How often do you see the name of Nicolas Cage? He should always be up there. He's daring and fearless in his choice of roles, and unafraid to crawl out on a limb, saw it off and remain suspended in air. No one else can project inner trembling so effectively... he always seems so earnest. However improbable his character, he never winks at the audience. He is committed to the character with every atom and plays him as if he were him." In response to mixed reviews of Knowing and their focus on criticizing Cage, Ebert defended both Cage as an actor and the film which (in contrast to other critics) he gave four out of four stars.
  • 2010
    Age 46
    His Bel Air home, which had six loans totaling $18 million on it, failed to sell at an April 2010 foreclosure auction despite an opening offer of $10.4 million, substantially less than the $35 million that Cage had originally tried to sell it for.
    More Details Hide Details The home, built in 1940 for $110,000, had been owned at different times by Dean Martin and singer Tom Jones. The home eventually sold in November 2010 for $10.5 million. Another home in Nevada also faces foreclosure auction.
  • 2009
    Age 45
    Cage filed a $20 million lawsuit on October 16, 2009, against his business manager, Samuel J. Levin, alleging negligence and fraud.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit states that Levin "had failed to pay taxes when they were due and had placed Cage in speculative and risky real estate investments 'resulting in (the actor) suffering catastrophic losses.'" Cage is also facing separate lawsuits from East West Bank and Red Curb Investments for unpaid, multimillion-dollar loans. Samuel Levin filed a counter-complaint and responded to the lawsuit in a filing stating that he warned Cage that he was living beyond his means and urged him to spend less. Levin's filing states that "instead of listening to Levin, cross-defendant Cage (Coppola) spent most of his free time shopping for high ticket purchases, and wound up with 15 personal residences." Levin's complaint continued: "Likewise, Levin advised Coppola against buying a Gulfstream jet, against buying and owning a flotilla of yachts, against buying and owning a squadron of Rolls Royces, against buying millions of dollars in jewelry and art."
  • 2008
    Age 44
    In 2008, Cage appeared as Joe, a contract killer who undergoes a change of heart while on a work outing in Bangkok, in the film Bangkok Dangerous.
    More Details Hide Details The film is shot by the Pang Brothers and has a distinct South-East Asian flavor. In 2009, Cage starred in the science fiction thriller Knowing, directed by Alex Proyas. In the film, he plays an MIT professor who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son's elementary school. Startling predictions found inside the capsule that have already come true lead him to believe that the world is going to end at the close of the week, and that he and his son are somehow involved in the destruction. The film received mainly negative reviews but was the box office winner on its opening weekend. Also in 2009, Cage starred in the film The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, directed by acclaimed German director Werner Herzog. He portrayed a corrupt police officer with gambling, drug and alcohol addictions. The film was very well received by critics, holding a rating of 87% positive reviews on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Cage received lauds for his performance, with Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune writing "Herzog has found his ideal interpreter, a performer whose truth lies deep in the artifice of performance: ladies and gentlemen, Nicolas Cage, at his finest." This film reunited Cage with Eva Mendes, who played his love interest in Ghost Rider. In 2010, Cage starred in the period piece Season of the Witch, playing a 14th-century knight transporting a girl accused of causing the Black Plague to a monastery, and The Sorcerer's Apprentice, in which he played the sorcerer.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    In his filing, Levin says that in 2007, Cage's "shopping spree entailed the purchase of three additional residences at a total cost of more than $33 million; the purchase of 22 automobiles (including 9 Rolls Royces); 12 purchases of expensive jewelry; and 47 purchases of artwork and exotic items."
    More Details Hide Details One of those exotic items was a dinosaur skull of a Tarbosaurus for which Nicolas Cage paid $276,000 in an auction after winning a bidding contest against Leonardo DiCaprio. After discovering that the Tarbosaurus skull was stolen, he has since returned it to the Mongolian authorities. According to Cage, he owned the "Most Haunted House in America," a home located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Known as "The LaLaurie House" after its former owner Delphine LaLaurie, the house was foreclosed and sold at auction on November 12, 2009 along with another New Orleans property for a total of $5.5 million, in the wake of Cage's financial problems.
    The IRS alleges that Cage failed to pay over $6.2 million in federal income tax for the year 2007. In addition, the Internal Revenue Service has another lien for more than $350,000 in unpaid taxes dating from 2002 to 2004.
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    In August 2007, Cage purchased "Grey Craig," a brick-and-stone country manor in Middletown, Rhode Island.
    More Details Hide Details With an estate occupying, the home has 12 bedrooms and 10 full bathrooms and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. It borders the Norman Bird Sanctuary to the west. The sale ranked among the state of Rhode Island's most expensive residential purchases; it was eclipsed that same year, 2007, by the $17.15 million sale of the Miramar mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Also in 2007, the actor purchased Midford Castle in Somerset, England. Shortly after selling his German castle, Cage also put up his homes in Rhode Island, Louisiana, Nevada, and California, as well as a $7 million island in the Bahamas, for sale. On July 14, 2009, the Internal Revenue Service filed documents in New Orleans in connection with a federal tax lien against property owned by Cage in Louisiana, concerning unpaid federal taxes.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    He bought the medieval castle Schloss Neidstein in the Oberpfalz region in Germany in 2006 and sold it in 2009 for $2.5 million.
    More Details Hide Details His grandmother was German, living in Cochem an der Mosel.
    In May 2006, he bought a island in the Exuma archipelago, some southeast of Nassau and close to a similar island owned by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
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  • 2005
    Age 41
    Cage met his third and current wife Alice Kim, a former waitress who previously worked at the Los Angeles restaurant Kabuki and at the Los Angeles-based Korean nightclub, Le Privé. She gave birth to their son, Kal-El, (after Superman's birth name) on October 3, 2005. Cage was once considered for the role of Superman in a film to be directed by Tim Burton. Alice had a minor role in the 2007 film Next, which Cage produced. They were married at a private ranch in Northern California on July 30, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The couple separated in January 2016. Cage grew up in a family of Catholic background, but does not talk about religion publicly and refuses to answer religion-connected questions in his interviews. When asked about the movie Knowing being a religion-themed film or not, Cage replied, "Any of my personal beliefs or opinions runs the risk of impinging on your own relationship with the movie. I feel movies are best left enigmatic, left raising more questions than answers. I don't want to ever preach. So you get from the movie is far more interesting than anything I could ever offer." During his visit to University of California, Santa Cruz he stated that he is not a politically active actor and that he can do it in his work as he learned more about nuclear power from the movie The China Syndrome. Cage has donated about $5,000 to the Democratic Party since 1994.
  • 2004
    Age 40
    In 2004 he bought a property on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 38
    Cage's second marriage was to singer/songwriter Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. Cage is an Elvis fan and used the star as the base of his performance in Wild at Heart. Presley and Cage married on August 10, 2002 and filed for divorce on November 25, 2002, a divorce which was finalized on May 16, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details The divorce proceeding was longer than the marriage.
    Cage, an avid comic book fan, auctioned a collection of 400 vintage comics through Heritage Auctions for over $1.6 million in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, he created a comic book with his son Weston, called Voodoo Child, which was published by Virgin Comics. Cage is a fan and collector of painter and underground comic artist Robert Williams. He has written introductions for Juxtapoz magazine and purchased the painting Death On The Boards.
    Cage made his directorial debut In 2002 with Sonny, a low-budget drama starring James Franco as a male prostitute whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) serves as his pimp.
    More Details Hide Details Cage had a small role in the film, which received poor reviews and a short run in a limited number of theatres. Cage's producing career includes Shadow of the Vampire, the first effort from Saturn Films. In early December 2006, Cage announced at the Bahamas International Film Festival that he planned to curtail his future acting endeavors to pursue other interests. On The Dresden Files for the Sci-Fi Channel, Cage is listed as the executive producer.
    He made his directorial debut with 2002's Sonny.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005, two films he headlined, Lord of War and The Weather Man, failed to find a significant audience despite nationwide releases and good reviews for his performances. Poor reviews for The Wicker Man resulted in low box office sales. The much criticized Ghost Rider (2007), based on the Marvel Comics character, fared better, earning more than $45 million (the top earner) during its opening weekend and over $208 million worldwide through the weekend ending on March 25, 2007. Also in 2007, he starred in Next, which shared the concept of a glimpse into an alternate timeline with Cage's film, The Family Man (2000). Most of Cage's movies that have achieved financial success were in the action/adventure genre. In his second-highest-grossing film to date, National Treasure, he plays an eccentric historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Other action hits include The Rock, in which Cage plays a young FBI chemical weapons expert who infiltrates Alcatraz Island in the hope of neutralizing a terrorist threat, Face/Off, a John Woo film where he plays both a hero and a villain, and World Trade Center, director Oliver Stone's film regarding the September 11 attacks. He had a small but notable role as the Chinese criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu in Rob Zombie's fake trailer Werewolf Women of the S.S. from the B-movie double feature Grindhouse.
  • 2001
    Age 37
    He took the lead role in the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin and learned to play the mandolin from scratch for the part.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 24
    In 1988, Cage began dating actress Christina Fulton, who later bore their son, Weston Coppola Cage (born December 26, 1990). Weston was the lead singer of the black metal band Eyes of Noctum, which broke up in 2012.
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  • 1987
    Age 23
    Other Cage roles included appearances in the acclaimed 1987 romantic-comedy film Moonstruck, also starring Cher; the Coen Brothers cult-classic comedy Raising Arizona; David Lynch's 1990 film Wild at Heart; a lead role in Martin Scorsese's 1999 New York City paramedic drama Bringing Out the Dead; and Ridley Scott's 2003 drama film Matchstick Men, in which he played an agoraphobic, mysophobic, obsessive-compulsive con artist with a tic disorder.
    More Details Hide Details Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, winning once for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. His other nomination was for his portrayal of real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and Kaufman's fictional twin Donald in Adaptation. Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles. The suspense thriller 8mm (1999) is considered a cult film.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 0
    Born in 1964.
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