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Nicolas Cage Biography

Birth Name:
Nicholas Kim Coppola
Birth Place:
Long Beach, California, United States
Profession
Actor, producer, director

Fast Facts

  • A big comic book fan, he was inspired to change his last name to Cage from Marvel's Luke Cage
  • His son, Kal-el, was named after Superman and Cage was also instrumental in turning the Marvel character Ghost Rider into a movie
  • Nephew of Oscar-winning director-screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, who directed him in Rumble Fish (1983) and Peggy Sue Got Married (1986)
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998
  • Like the Hustons (Walter, John and Anjelica), there are three generations of Oscar winners in the family: Nicolas; his uncle Francis Ford Coppola; his grandfather Carmine Coppola; and cousin Sofia Coppola

Awards

  • 2009Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2003BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 2002Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1996Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1996Critics' Choice Awards-Best Actor: nominated
  • 1996Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1996BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1995Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1995National Board of Review-Best Actor: winner
  • 1995National Society of Film Critics-Best Actor: winner
  • 1995New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1995Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1995Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1994Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Actor: winner
  • 1993Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1990Independent Spirit Awards-Best Male Lead: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated