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Nicolas Cage
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Cage in 2009.
Born Nicolas Kim Coppola
January 7, 1964 (age 48)
Long Beach, California
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1980–present
Worked in Adaptation.
Characters portrayed Charlie Kaufman
Donald Kaufman
Other works Lord of War
Leaving Las Vegas
National Treasure
Face/Off

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).

BiographyEdit

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.[1]

Acting styleEdit

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.[2]

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."[3] 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.[4]

In the 68th Academy Awards, Cage was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas.[5]

In May 2001, Cage was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Fullerton. He spoke at the commencement ceremony.[6]

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.[7] In 1999, one-time friend Sean Penn expressed that sentiment to the New York Times, declaring Cage "no longer an actor."[8]

FilmographyEdit

Film credits
Year Title Role Notes
1980 Brubaker Extra Uncredited
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
1983 Valley Girl Randy
1983 Rumble Fish Smokey
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
1990 Zandalee Johnny
1992 Honeymoon in Vegas Jack Singer Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1993 Amos & Andrew Amos Odell
1993 Deadfall Eddie
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 8mm Tom Welles
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 Italian Soldiers 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 Next Cris Johnson
2007 National Treasure: Book of Secrets Benjamin Gates
2008 Bangkok Dangerous Joe
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 Drive Angry Milton
2011 Trespass Kyle
2011 Seeking Justice Will Gerard
2012 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze
2012 Stolen Will Montgomery
2012 The Frozen Ground Detective Glenn Flothe Post-production
2013 The Croods Crug[9] Voice, Post-production
2013 Frank or Francis

[10]

The Emcee Pre-production
2013 Joe [11] Joe Filming
TBA The Expendables 3 Pre-production

ReferencesEdit

  1. Biography for Nicolas Cage at IMDb.
  2. "Nicolas Cage Has His Own Acting Method and It’s Called ‘Nouveau Shamanic’" Movieline. Retrieved August 23, 2011
  3. "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.
  4. "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.
  5. "1995 Academy Awards Winners and History". FilmSite.org. http://www.filmsite.org/aa95.html. Retrieved August 18, 2010.
  6. "CSU Newsline". Calstate.edu. April 16, 2001. http://www.calstate.edu/Newsline/Archive/00-01/010416-Ful.shtml. Retrieved February 14, 2010.
  7. Gleiberman, Owen. Nicolas Cage: Artist or hack? The choice is his March 21, 2009.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. Sneider, Jeff (July 22, 2011). "Carell, Black and Cage eye Kaufman pic". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118040291. Retrieved July 22, 2011.
  11. http://collider.com/nicolas-cage-joe-david-gordon-green/193943/

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