Nicolas Cage is the pseudonym of Nicolas Kim Coppola, American actor laureate of the American Film Academy Award (1996) for the best actor in the main role (“Leaving Las Vegas”).
Nicolas Cage is the grandson of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, but he changed his name in order to create his own identity in Hollywood, devoid of any family ties.
What is Nicolas Cage’s net worth?
The American actor Nicolas Cage has a net worth of $25 million at the time this article is written. At some point, his net worth was much higher, exceeding $100 million, as he was earning a minimum of $200 million from movie salaries alone.
Childhood and teenage years
Nicolas Kim Coppola was born on January 7, 1964. His father, August Floyd Coppola, was a literature professor and his mother, Joy Vogelsang, was a dancer and choreographer, in Long Beach, California. He is of Italian-German-Polish descent and was raised a staunch Catholic.
The famous film director, Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle, which is why Cage is a cousin of Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Gian-Carlo Coppola. He also has two brothers, Christopher Coppola and Marc Coppola.
He studied at Beverly Hills High School but was never really interested in academics because he wanted to act on stage from a very young age. Thus, he dropped out of school and joined the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.
Not wanting to lurk in the shadow of his uncle’s successful name “Coppola”, he changed his name from Nicolas Coppola to Nicolas Cage, which he borrowed from the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage. He made his television debut in 1981.
Nicolas Cage made his debut on the big screen with the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” in 1982. And his next movie was “Valley Girl” which came out a year later, after his debut.
In 1983, he appeared in “Rumble Fish” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, his uncle.
He appeared in the 1984 film “Birdy”, for which he agreed to have two teeth extracted to fit the character. From very early on, Cage became known for his passionate acting, but also for his personality. In the same year, he appeared in “Racing with the Moon” and starred in the film “The Cotton Club”, also directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
In 1986, he starred in a comedy-drama film opposite Kathleen Turner titled “Peggy Sue Got Married”. This movie was again directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and it became a huge success at the box office.
He was cast in his first critically acclaimed film, “Moonstruck”, alongside Cher in 1987. The same year, he also appeared in the film “Raising Arizona”.
In 1989, he played the role of “Peter Leow” in the film “Vampire’s Kiss”, for which he agreed to eat a live cockroach during filming. This role catapulted him to fame and forever cemented his place in Hollywood.
1990 proved to be an extremely busy year for Cage, with four films in his portfolio: “Zandalee”, “Tempo di uccidere”, “Wild At Heart” and “Firebirds”.
In the 1990s, he appeared in a number of box-office movies, including “Honeymoon in Vegas”, “Kiss of Death”, “Guarding Tess”, “The Rock”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Con Air” and “City of Angels” and the production of “Bringing Out the Dead”.
He made his directorial debut with “Sonny” in 2002 and was also cast in “Adaptation” and Ridley Scott’s drama “Matchstick Men”, the latter released the following year.
He starred in his biggest box-office film “National Treasure”, co-starring Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel, in 2004. Several other films followed that were moderately successful with audiences and critics.
Other notable films are “The Frozen Ground” (2013), the dark comedy “Dog Eat Dog” (2016), the horror comedy “Mom and Dad” (2017), the action thriller “Mandy” (2018), and the science fiction “Color Out of Space” (2019).
In 2020, Nicolas Cage was seen in the sequel to the 2013 film “The Croods”.
“Moonstruck”, released in 1987, was one of his first commercial hits. The film won 7 major awards, including Oscars and Golden Globes. Cage was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor for his performance in the film. The film became a huge hit and collected a total of more than $80 million at the box office.
In “Leaving Las Vegas” he played the role of a miserable alcoholic. He received immense praise and was congratulated for his acting skills. He received an Oscar for his performance in the film. The film grossed a total of $32 million at the box office.
Financial issues and recovery
Nicolas Cage earned more than $150 million from movie salaries between 1996 and 2011. For instance, he received $20 million for “National Treasure”, $16 million for “Snake Eye”, $20 million for “Windtalkers”, and $20 million for “Gone in Sixty Seconds”, to name a few. But not only has his income increased, but his expenses have done so as well.
Between 2000 and 2007, Nicolas Cage bought 15 personal houses, including two castles, a fleet of exotic cars, a $7 million private island in the Bahamas, a $30 million private jet, a 67-million-year-old dinosaur skull, dozens of pieces of art, four luxury yachts and jewels.
The IRS filed a federal tax lien on one of Nicolas Cage’s properties from New Orleans. He was accused that he had failed to pay more than $6.2 million in federal income taxes. As a result, Nicolas accused his business manager of fraud and negligence and filed a $20 million lawsuit. Cage was still paying his debts in 2017.
Nicolas Cage starred in Walt Disney’s hit American adventure film “National Treasure”, which was released in 2004. The film became a huge box-office hit, earning over $347.5 million worldwide, and spawned a sequel, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”, in which he again played the lead role.
Nicolas Cage’s first notable girlfriend was Christina Fulton, whom he met in 1988 and with whom he had a child, Weston Coppola Cage.
His first marriage was to Patricia Arquette on April 8, 1995, from whom he divorced in 2001. He is said to have proposed to his wife on the first day he met her, but she accepted his proposal a few years later.
He married Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley on August 10, 2002, but the couple filed for divorce a few months later.
Cage married a former waitress, Alice Kim, on July 30, 2004. With her, he had a son, Kal-El, who was born on October 3, 2005, and the marriage lasted until 2016.
In March 2019, he married make-up artist Erika Koike in Las Vegas but filed for annulment four days later.
Nicolas Cage seems to have finally settled down at his home after marrying his Japanese girlfriend, Riko Shibata on February 16, 2021.
Cage is an avid comic book collector, owns a variety of exotic pets, and is also a huge car enthusiast. And, more recently, to his multitude of passions is added the study of history and he is fascinated by the myths behind the Transylvanian legends.
Nicolas Cage supports a number of charities and has been extremely generous when it comes to donations. He has donated around $2 million to “Amnesty International” and is considered one of the most “generous Hollywood stars”.
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