|Born|| Nicolas Kim Coppola|
January 7, 1964 (age 48)
Long Beach, California
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director|
|Characters portrayed|| Charlie Kaufman|
|Other works|| Lord of War|
Leaving Las Vegas
Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola; January 7, 1964) is an wikipedia:Academy Award–winning American actor, producer and director, having appeared in over 60 films including Raising Arizona (1987), The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Adaptation. (2002), National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Ghost Rider (2007), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012).
The son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang, Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation, succeeding brilliantly with a host of classic, quirky roles by the late 1980s.
Initially studying theatre at Beverly Hills High (though he dropped out at 17), he secured a bit part in Fast Times at Ridgemont High -- most of which was cut, dashing his hopes and leading to a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater, thinking that would be the only route to a movie career. But a job reading lines with auditionees for uncle Francis' Rumble Fish landed him a role in that film, followed by the punk-rocker in Valley Girl, which was released first and truly launched his career.
His one-time passion for method acting reached a personal limit when he smashed a street-vendor's remote-control car to achieve the sense of rage needed for his gangster character in The Cotton Club.
In his early 20s, he dated Jenny Wright for two years and later linked to Uma Thurman. After a relationship of several years with Christina Fulton, a model, they split amicably and share custody of a son, Weston Cage.
In February 2011, Cage claimed to have created a new method of acting he calls "Nouveau Shamanic". He claims to have used the acting style throughout his career and one day plans to write a book about the method.
Praise and criticismEdit
Nicolas Cage's acting has been praised by influential film critic Roger Ebert who writes, in his "Great Movies" essay about the film Adaptation., that: "There are often lists of the great living male movie stars: De Niro, Nicholson and Pacino, usually. How often do you see the name of Nicolas Cage? He should always be up there. He's daring and fearless in his choice of roles, and unafraid to crawl out on a limb, saw it off and remain suspended in air. No one else can project inner trembling so effectively.... He always seems so earnest. However improbable his character, he never winks at the audience. He is committed to the character with every atom and plays him as if he were him." Roger Ebert, in response to mixed reviews of Knowing and their focus on criticizing Cage, wrote an article in which he defends both Cage as an actor and the movie to which, in stark contrast to other critics, Ebert gave 4/4 stars.
Despite such praise, Cage has his detractors. Cage has been criticized for choosing to star in big-budget, action-adventure movies rather than smaller, character-driven dramas, the type of film that initially garnered him praise. In 1999, one-time friend Sean Penn expressed that sentiment to the New York Times, declaring Cage "no longer an actor."
|1981||Best of Times||Nicholas|
|1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Brad's Bud||As Nicolas Coppola|
|1983||The Outsiders||Man in rumble scene||Uncredited|
|1984||Racing with the Moon||Nicky and Bud|
|1984||The Cotton Club||Vincent Dwyer|
|1984||Birdy||Sergeant Al Columbato|
|1986||The Boy in Blue||Ned Hanlan|
|1986||Peggy Sue Got Married||Charlie Bodell|
|1987||Raising Arizona||H. I. McDunnough|
|1987||Moonstruck||Ronny Cammareri||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1988||Never on Tuesday||Man In Red Sports Car||Uncredited|
|1989||Vampire's Kiss||Peter Leow|| Festival de Cine de Sitges Award for Best Actor Tied with Michael Gambon for The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)|
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male}}
|1990||Tempo di uccidere||Enrico Silvestri||aka Time to Kill|
|1990||Fire Birds||Jake Preston||aka Wings of the Apache|
|1990||Wild at Heart||Sailor|
|1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Jack Singer||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1993||Amos & Andrew||Amos Odell|
|1994||A Century of Cinema||Himself|
|1994||Red Rock West||Michael Williams|
|1994||Guarding Tess||Doug Chesnic|
|1994||It Could Happen to You||Charlie Lang|
|1994||Trapped in Paradise||Bill Firpo|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Little Junior Brown|
|1995||Leaving Las Vegas||Ben Sanderson|| Academy Award for Best Actor|
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
San Sebastián International Film Festival
San Sebastián International Film Festival Silver Seashell
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Chlotrudis Awards 1996
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
|1996||The Rock||Dr. Stanley Goodspeed||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure|
|1997||Con Air||Cameron Poe||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure|
|1997||Face/Off||Castor Troy/Sean Archer|| Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action/Adventure Film|
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
|1998||City of Angels||Seth||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in a Drama or Romance Film|
|1998||Snake Eyes||Rick Santoro||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in a Suspense Film|
|1999||Bringing Out the Dead||Frank Pierce|
|2000||Gone in Sixty Seconds||Randall "Memphis" Raines||Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in an Action Film|
|2000||The Family Man}}||Jack Campbell||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor in a Comedy or Romance Film|
|2000||Welcome to Hollywood||Himself|
|2001||Captain Corelli's Mandolin||Captain Antonio Corelli|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Jacob Marley||Voice|
|2002||Windtalkers||Sgt. Joe Enders|
|2002||Adaptation.||Charlie and Donald Kaufman|| Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Chlotrudis Awards 2003
Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated—Visual Effects Society
Visual Effects Society Award for Best Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film
|2002||Sonny||Acid Yellow|| Director|
Nominated—Deauville Film Festival Grand Prix du jury}}
|2003||Matchstick Men||Roy Waller|
|2004||National Treasure||Benjamin Gates|
|2005||Lord of War||Yuri Orlov|
|2005||The Weather Man}}||David Spritz|
|2006||The Ant Bully||Zoc||Voice|
|2006||The Wicker Man||Edward Malus|
|2006||Too Tough To Die||Himself|
|2006||World Trade Center||John McLoughlin|
|2007||Ghost Rider||Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze|
|2007||Grindhouse||Dr. Fu Manchu||Segment: Werewolf Women of the S.S.|
|2007||National Treasure: Book of Secrets||Benjamin Gates|
|2009||Knowing||Professor Jonathan "John" Koestler|
|2009||G-Force||Speckles the Mole||Voice|
|2009||Astro Boy||Dr. Tenma||Voice|
|2009||The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Terrence McDonagh, The bad Lieutenant|| Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor|
Nominated—Chlotrudis Awards for Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor}}
|2010||Kick-Ass||Damon Macready/Big Daddy|
|2010||The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Balthazar Blake|
|2011||Season of the Witch||Behman von Bleiruck|
|2011||Seeking Justice||Will Gerard|
|2012||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze|
|2012||The Frozen Ground||Detective Glenn Flothe||Post-production|
|2013||The Croods||Crug||Voice, Post-production|
|2013||Frank or Francis||The Emcee||Pre-production|
|TBA||The Expendables 3||Pre-production|
- ↑ Biography for Nicolas Cage at IMDb.
- ↑ "Nicolas Cage Has His Own Acting Method and It’s Called ‘Nouveau Shamanic’" Movieline. Retrieved August 23, 2011
- ↑ "Adaptation. :: rogerebert.com :: Great Movies". rogerebert.suntimes.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080918/REVIEWS08/809180300/1004%20Adaptation. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
- ↑ "Love and hate and "Knowing"
-- or, do wings have angels? :: rogerebert.com :: News & comment". rogerebert.suntimes.com. http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090322/COMMENTARY/903229997. Retrieved August 15, 2010.
- ↑ "1995 Academy Awards Winners and History". FilmSite.org. http://www.filmsite.org/aa95.html. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
- ↑ "CSU Newsline". Calstate.edu. April 16, 2001. http://www.calstate.edu/Newsline/Archive/00-01/010416-Ful.shtml. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
- ↑ Gleiberman, Owen. Nicolas Cage: Artist or hack? The choice is his March 21, 2009.
- ↑ People Magazine. "Picking on Nic: Nicolas Cage bites back after Sean Penn ridicules his career." April 5, 1999 Vol. 51 No. 12http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20127825,00.html
- ↑ Debruge, Peter (February 24, 2010). "Cage, Reynolds to star in CG caveman comedy". Variety (Reed Business Information). http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118015738.html?categoryid=13&cs=1. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
- ↑ Sneider, Jeff (July 22, 2011). "Carell, Black and Cage eye Kaufman pic". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040291. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
- ↑ http://collider.com/nicolas-cage-joe-david-gordon-green/193943/