Capital: € 24 million
Age: 56
Born: 07/01/1964
Country of origin: United States of America
Source of wealth: actor
Last updated: 2022

Short introduction

Nicolas Cage is an American actor and film producer.

Earlier life

In Long Beach, California, Nicolas Cage, known as Nicholas Kim Coppola, was born. His father, an Italian-American and professor of literature, and his mother, a dancer and choreographer, divorced when Cage was 12 years old. Nevertheless, he had a good relationship with both parents in the following years. From an early age, he was interested in acting. As a teenager he took acting lessons and wrote his own screenplays. At the age of 17, Cage dropped out of high school to realize his dream of becoming an actor.


Cage made his screen debut in 1982 with the film “I think I’m standing in the woods” alongside top-class actors such as Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. At that time he was still shooting under his real name Coppola. Because of his famous uncle Francis Ford Coppola, Cage changed his name because he wanted to prevent the impression of being favored. He chose the name “Cage” because of his favorite musician John Cage. Nicolas also studied at the University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television, where he also graduated. Subsequently, the American played in various film productions such as “Cotton Club”, “Valley Girl” or “Arizona Junior”. Cage made his breakthrough with the film “Moon Addicted” alongside singer Cher, who even won an Oscar. In the 2000s, too, he was able to build on his great successes in the 90s. Especially in the adventure and action film genre, Cage was still a big crowd puller.

Career highlights

For the film drama “Leaving Las Vegas”, in which Cage played an alcoholic screenwriter, he won the Oscar for Best Actor. He was able to build on this success with four other glorious films: The films “The Rock – Rock of Decision”, “Con Air”, “Face Off – In the Enemy’s Body” and “Only 60 Seconds” were very successful at the box office . Together they grossed about $ 600 million. In 2002, Cage again received an Oscar nomination for the film drama “Adaptation – The Orchid Thief”. According to Forbes Magazine, Cage was one of Hollywood’s top-earning actors. In 2007 and 2008 in particular, the actor was able to earn high fees: Cage received about $ 38 million per film during this time. The character actor has been able to convince critics and audiences of his diverse talent in his career so far: whether mainstream or independent film, Nicolas Cage mastered his roles with flying colors.

Famous quotes

“Perception does not need language. The verbal is overrated. ”

“You work hard to make sure you can hang out with pleasure – my castle in Bavaria is currently being renovated.”

“This is my snake leather jacket. It is an expression of my individuality and my belief in personal freedom! ”

“There are only two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is to get it. ”

“I just want peace on earth. I don’t care about materialistic things this year. ”

“In my college days, I never dared to speak to a girl. It got better because I was working on it. ”

“To be a good actor you need something like criminal energy. You have to break rules to create something new. ”

Amazing facts

Nicolas Cage has his own island in the Bahamas. He has been committed to Amnesty International for years, for which the actor was recognized by the United Nations in 2009. Cage has its own production company “Saturn Film”. Regarding his work as an actor, Nicolas Cage is known for his idiosyncratic method and full physical commitment: For the film “Birdy” (1984) the actor allegedly had two teeth pulled and ate a live cockroach in the movie strip “Vampires Kiss”.


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