Biography of Nicolas CageNicolas Cage (his real name is Nicolas Kim Coppola) is an American actor, director, and producer, winner of such awards as «Oscar» and «Golden Globe». He became famous thanks to the movies «Leaving Las Vegas», «Face/Off», «Con Air», «Gone in Sixty Seconds», «National Treasure», «Ghost Rider», «Knowing», etc.
Family and Early YearsNicolas Cage was born on January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. His parents are August Floyd Coppola (1934 - 2009), a teacher of literature, and Joy Vogelsang (born in 1935), a dancer and choreographer. Nicholas was the youngest of three sons.
When the boy was 12 years old, his parents divorced, but the children kept good relations with their father and mother. Nicholas attended high school in Beverly Hills, which is known for many of its students who later work in show business. At school, he has already shown his rich imagination and creative attitude to the lessons.
The Beginning of His Acting CareerNicolas Cage debuted at the age of 18, having acted in an episode of the youth comedy «Fast Times at Ridgemont High» (1982). This film became a prototype of the popular genre of youth sex comedy and was included in the list of «100 funniest American movies during 100 years» by the American Film Institute. Moreover, this movie is considered a «launchpad» to the success of two future superstars - Sean Penn and Forest Whitaker.
In the same year, he played a lead role in the crime comedy «Raising Arizona» by the Coen brothers. It was the first movie of famous directors, shot in their «brand» of the comedy genre on the brink of farce, and it was ambiguously perceived by the audience. «Vampire’s Kiss» was released in 1988. It failed at the box office and was initially poorly appreciated by critics: «Cage is clearly overacting, and therefore his character is not sympathetic enough.»
The Prosperity of His Acting CareerThe turning point in Cage’s professional life can be considered his participation in the romantic drama «Leaving Las Vegas» (1995), where he played the lead role of an unfortunate alcoholic who fell in love with a prostitute. For this work, the actor was awarded «Oscar» and «Golden Globe», his partner on the sets Elisabeth Shue was also nominated for both these awards, and the movie received several other awards and nominations.
The dramatic thriller «Stolen» (2014) was not quite successful. Despite some interest from the audience, it received a lot of negative criticism, and it did not recoup its budget. Shot in the 2010s, «The Frozen Ground» (2013, with John Cusack), «Joe» (2013), «Tokarev» (2014), «Outcast» (2014), «Left Behind» (2014) did not get enough money and make Cage successful.
In 2017, there were also shot the horror movie «Mom and Dad» (with Selma Blair) and the science-fiction thriller «The Humanity Bureau.» In the same year, he worked on the thriller «Looking Glass» and action movie «211». Performing one of the stunts during the shooting in Bulgaria, the actor had broken his leg, and he was sent home for treatment in the US. So the work on the movie slowed down, and its release was a little delayed.
Personal Life of Nicolas CageThe personal life of Nicolas Cage, especially in his young years, was not less rapid and unusual than professional. In 1987, he met 18-year-old Patricia Arquette and on the same day asked her to marry him. She did not consider this spontaneous proposal to be serious, so the girl laid down an absurd condition to the candidate. She thought that it is impossible, «I would marry you. I want you to get me a black orchid, the authentic Salinger’s autograph, a wedding dress of fox tribe woman from South-East Asia and a statue from the restaurant, and sing a serenade».
Their family life was always discussed. There were many scandals about this couple. Quarreling, Lisa threatened her husband with a divorce, and Cage did not discourage her but went and applied for a divorce. Thus, the family lasted only 109 days.
Nicolas Cage's third wife was the former waitress Alice Kim of Korean origin (born on November 27, 1983). The actor met her in 2004 in the Los Angeles restaurant, where she worked. Kim was only 19 years old. As previously happened with Cage, it was love at first sight: several months after meeting the couple announced their engagement, and two months later, on July 30, 2004, they got married.
In March 2020, the actor was spotted in the company of a new lover - a young Japanese woman, Rico Shibata. They were met several times by people walking in New Orleans.