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|Also Known As:||Nic Cage, Nicolas Coppola, Nicholas Kim Coppola, Nicolas Coppola||Died:|
|Born:||January 7, 1964||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Long Beach, California, USA||Profession:||actor, producer, director|
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aveling back to the 13th century to transport a woman (Claire Foy) accused of witchcraft to her death in "Season of the Witch" (2011). From there Cage was an undead felon who breaks out of hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue her kidnapped baby from a band of cult-worshipping savages in the rather silly supernatural thriller, "Drive Angry" (2011). After he starred with Nicole Kidman as a couple facing a home invasion in Joel Schumacher's disastrous "Trespass" (2011), he was an everyman indebted to a hit man (Guy Pierce) in the unexceptional thriller "Seeking Justice" (2011). As he dealt with the continuing saga of his financial woes, particularly when he foreclosed on his $35 million Bel Air property, Cage was arrested in April 2011 in New Orleans for suspicion of domestic battery, disturbing the peace and public intoxication. Less than a month later, charges were dropped. Meanwhile, he reprised Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze for the universally panned "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" (2012). the kind of edgy, quirky and unpredictable characterizations that distinguished him early in his career. Cage's whimsical portrayal of the Kaufman brothers earned him his second nomination for a Best...
aveling back to the 13th century to transport a woman (Claire Foy) accused of witchcraft to her death in "Season of the Witch" (2011). From there Cage was an undead felon who breaks out of hell to avenge his murdered daughter and rescue her kidnapped baby from a band of cult-worshipping savages in the rather silly supernatural thriller, "Drive Angry" (2011). After he starred with Nicole Kidman as a couple facing a home invasion in Joel Schumacher's disastrous "Trespass" (2011), he was an everyman indebted to a hit man (Guy Pierce) in the unexceptional thriller "Seeking Justice" (2011). As he dealt with the continuing saga of his financial woes, particularly when he foreclosed on his $35 million Bel Air property, Cage was arrested in April 2011 in New Orleans for suspicion of domestic battery, disturbing the peace and public intoxication. Less than a month later, charges were dropped. Meanwhile, he reprised Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze for the universally panned "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance" (2012). the kind of edgy, quirky and unpredictable characterizations that distinguished him early in his career. Cage's whimsical portrayal of the Kaufman brothers earned him his second nomination for a Best Leading Actor at the Academy Awards.
In addition to his high-profile acting career, Cage frequently made headlines for his high-profile romances. He had an unorthodox marriage to actress Patricia Arquette, which started with a proposal the day they met, followed by him trying to accomplish a series of bizarre tasks to win her love, including finding a non-existent black orchid and obtaining a signature from the reclusive J.D. Salinger. After their divorced was finalized in 2001, Cage had an on-again, off-again relationship with his idol Elvis Presley's sole heir, daughter Lisa Marie Presley. When their brief marriage ended in 2004, the actor surprised many with his marriage to Alice Kim, a former sushi waitress 20 years younger than Cage, a mere two months after his divorce from Presley was finalized. And more than one eyebrow was raised when the self-professed Superman fanatic named his son with Kim, Kal-El ¿ the Man of Steel's birth name on planet Krypton.
In 2002, Cage saw the release of his first directorial effort, "Sonny," about a man (James Franco) who wants out of the family business as a professional gigolo, which opened quietly amid mixed to unfavorable reviews. Cage followed up his "Adaptation" triumph with a much-admired turn in director Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men" (2003), playing a small time con man with an abundance of pathological quirks who nevertheless comes alive when he discovers the 14-year-old daughter (Alison Lohman) he never knew he had. He made another return to action fare ¿ this time in a more lighthearted and appealing mode ¿ with the panned, but popular Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "National Treasure" (2004). In this box office hit, he played Benjamin Franklin Gates, the descendent of a treasure-hunting clan who seeks a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Next was a turn in "Lord of War" (2005) as Yuri Orlov, a globetrotting arms dealer struggling to stay one step ahead of his enemies ¿ a relentless Interpol agent (Ethan Hawke), his chief business rival (Ian Holm), and a notorious African dictator (Eamonn Walker) ¿ while also grappling his own conscience. "Lord of War" polarized critics ¿ some hated it, while others praised it ¿ but all agreed Cage turned in a finely etched performance.
Even better was his portrayal of the successful Chicago weather forecaster Dave Spritz, who nevertheless inspires total strangers to throw fast foot at him in director Gore Verbinksi's seriocomic, existential "The Weather Man" (2005). Playing a newly introspective man wresting with his own mediocrity and plagued with an inability to meaningfully connect with his family members ¿ his accomplished writer father (Michael Caine), his estranged wife (Hope Davis) and his children ¿ in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking. Cage delivered one of his most measured, effective and surprisingly low-key performances, sparking much awards season buzz that ultimately proved fruitless. After voicing Zoc, the ant wizard in "The Ant Bully" (2006), Cage starred as Port Authority officer John McLoughlin in Oliver Stone's sober and heart-wrenching look at the September 11th terrorist attacks, "World Trade Center" (2006). Along with Officer Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), McLoughlin survived for 24 hours underneath the rubble after both towers had collapsed. "World Trade Center" opened up to generally positive reviews, though a few expressed concern that it was too soon for a film about the horrific events.
Cage was next seen in "The Wicker Man" (2006), Neil LaBute's remake of the 1973 British movie about a Scottish police officer who goes to a remote island to find a missing girl and in the process discovers the inhabitants engaged in strange and secretive rituals. He then returned to the big budget fame and glory that defined his career. A lifelong comic book fan who flirted with virtually every comic book adaptation from Superman to Constantine, Cage finally settled on starring in "Ghost Rider" (2007), playing the flaming-skulled motorcycle-riding demon bounty hunter forced by contract to do the Devil's bidding. Instead of the hard-drinking, heavy metal-loving character from the comics, Cage transformed him into a jelly bean-eating teetotaler who loves to listen to the Carpenters ¿ a testament to the actor's famed weirdness. Despite an online uproar from comic geeks over early leaked footage of the character's distinctive flaming skull, "Ghost Rider" rolled to an easy box office take of $52 million over the course of a four-day holiday weekend ¿ surprising given the typical antipathy of audiences for past mid-February releases. Meanwhile, Cage starred in "Bangkok Dangerous" (2008), playing a remorseless hit man whose life takes a turn toward the unexpected when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of contract killings.
Taking just about anything that came his way, Cage next starred in the sci-fi thriller "Knowing" (2009), playing an MIT professor who deciphers a coded message detailing both past and future disasters. Critics were sharply divided, with most expressing their negative opinions, though globally the film was a box office hit. Following a pair of voice roles in the family-oriented features "G-Force" (2009) and "Astro Boy" (2009), Cage delivered one of his most over-the-top performances in "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" (2009), where he played a drug-addled rogue cop who goes on a rampage while trying to solve a string of murders. In classic fashion, Cage delivered an out-of-his-mind performance that actually earned high-praise from critics, though Werner Herzog¿s film failed at the box office. Meanwhile, Cage landed into trouble with the IRS for failure to pay $6.2 million in federal income taxes for 2007, which came in addition to other unpaid taxes for previous years. While the IRS put a lien on his New Orleans property ¿ the famed haunted LaLaurie Mansion in the French Quarter ¿ Cage sued his business manager, Samuel J. Levin, for alleged negligence and fraud. Levin filed a counter argument stating that Cage had gone on wild spending sprees, amassing properties across the world while purchasing numerous cars, pieces of jewelry and art, and even a dinosaur skull.
All the while Cage began taking on more films than he could seemingly handle, all to varying degrees of quality and commercial success. In the popular comic book adaptation, "Kick-Ass" (2010), he was a former cop who helps an ordinary teen-turned-superhero (Aaron Johnson) after having trained his daughter to be a ruthless vigilante named Hit-Girl (Chloë Grace Moretz). He went on to play a modern-day sorcerer battling the forces of evil with his reluctant protégé (Jay Baruchel) in "The Sorcerer¿s Apprentice" (2010), before tr
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"The next morning [after winning the Oscar], I'm downtown, and I'm walking by the newstand, and it was the first time I'd ever been on the front page of the newspaper, which was . . . interesting. Then I went to this old coffee shop to have a cup of coffee and some pancakes, and the cooks and chefs come out and claped, and it was a great feeling. Then I got in my car and put my Beatles song on that I play when I'm feeling proud, which is 'Baby You're a Rich Man'. So I'm listening to that in my Lamborghini, and I'm driving to the beach, feeling pretty good, when a cop pulls me over. And I think I'm going to get a ticket, which is what usually happens in that car, but they say, 'We just want to say congratulations.' And it was cool. And I'm walking on the beach, and surfers from, like, hundreds of yards in are going, 'Hey, Nic, congratulations!' And it was just a wild day. For one second, Los Angeles felt like a small town."---Nicolas Cage to GQ, March 1997.
"I was very young when I shot "Peggy Sue". I will stand by that character, but I can see why my playing it that way was frustrating for Kathleen Turner. She had her vision of what the character was like, and her vision was more in keeping with everybody else's, and there I would be on the set, saying, 'This guy's going to be a goofball, he's going to be a nerd.' But that was the deal I had with Francis. He said, 'I'll let you do what you want,' so I did it."---Cage quoted in Premiere, June 1997.
"Interpretations of Superman usually center on his superhuman powers, and nobody's ever focused on his status as an outsider before. Tim Burton has always been sensitive to characters who feel alienated and excluded from society, and Tim, [screenwriter] Wesley Strick and I are in complete agreement as to the direction the film should take. Yes, it's a comic book movie, but it's also a wonderful modern myth of the Atomic Age. And I think it's important to do my best acting in a film kids can see. The ideas children get fed are important, so to me 'Superman' is an important movie."---Nicolas Cage on playing Superman, to Los Angeles Times, August 31, 1997.
Cage is an avid race-car driving enthusiast.
"... I think I am Everyman in a lot of ways, because I've never felt handsome by Hollywood standards. I look like a pretty average guy. I feel like there's some truth in me being somebody who could be in any situation at any time."---Nicolas Cage to Interview, August, 1994.
"He's a chameleon. One of the few true chameleons who really does change with each role. He was a natural."---Ridley Scott, who directed Cage in "Matchstick Men" to Extra, August 25, 2003.
"I think everything I've experienced has left its imprint on my mind and on my soul, and it comes out in the work, whether I want it to or not."---Cage to GQ, March 2005.
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