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Nicolas Cage Trivia: 20 Facts About Famous Actor Nicolas Cage

This is a tribute article to Nicolas Cage: It features Nicolas Cage's movies, partial biography, his famous relatives and his private life.

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1. Nicolas Cage was born in 1964, in California.

2. His actual birth name is Nicholas Kim Coppola. He is in fact related to the acclaimed film director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather 1,2,3, The Outsiders, Dracula, Apocalypse Now…). Nicolas is Francis’s nephew.

3. Nicolas Cage changed his name from Coppola to Cage at the earliest stages of his career because he didn’t want any success he might have gained to be attributed to his name.

4. The name “Cage” is inspired from a comic book character named Luke Cage.

5. He is both of German and Italian descent.

6. He stands at 6' (1.83 m).

7. He has been married three times. He is currently married to his third wife – Alice Kim Cage. They got married in 2004 and they have a child together. They met a sushi place where she was waitressing. Alice was born in 1984, which makes her a good 20 years younger than Cage.

Nicolas Cage and his wife Alice Kim Cage

8. His first wife was Patricia Arquette, sister of actors David Arquette and Rosanna Arquette. According to IMDB, Nicolas Cage proposed to Patricia as soon as they met, which freaked her out a little. They got married after meeting again years later.

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Above: Nicolas Cage and Patricia Arquette

9. His second wife was Lisa Marie Presley, who is the daughter of Elvis Presley. They were married for 2 years. Her husband before Nicolas Cage was the late Michael Jackson, to whom she was also married for 2 years.

Nicolas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley

Above: Nic Cage with ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley

10. Nicolas has two children, one from his marriage to Kim and one from former girlfriend, actress Christina Fulton.

11. He is cousins with Sophia Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola’s actress/director/screenwriter daughter. Sophia is the writer and director of Lost in Translation (2003) starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson. She was nominated for Best Director, Best Film and Best Original Screenplay Oscars that year. She won the one for Best Original Screenplay.

Nicolas Cage with cousin Sofia Coppola and uncle Francis Ford Coppola Image: l.yimg.com

Above: Nicolas Cage with Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola

12. Nicolas has another cousin in the movie business, Jason Schwartzman. Jason is a part of director Judd Apatow’s crew and is currently starring in the comedy series Bored to Death.

Jason Schwartzman Jason Schwartzman. Image via images.rottentomatoes.com

13. Sophia and Francis are not the only Oscar winners in the family. Nicolas won Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role for his role as an alcoholic falling in love with a prostitute in Leaving Las Vegas. The actress playing the prostitute is Elizabeth Shue and she was nominated for Best Actress in a leading role Oscar with this part as well. Writer/director Mike Figgis was also nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Awards.

Leaving Las Vegas starring Nicolas Cage and Elizabeth Shue Image via http://members.cscoms.com/

14. Nicolas was also nominated for a Best Actor (Leading) Oscar for his part in Adaptation, where he played the real life writer Charlie Kaufman. The director was Spike Jonze, who was once married to his cousin Sophia Coppola.

Adaptation starring Nicolasd Cage, Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper  Image: http://lh4.ggpht.com/

15. He graduated from UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

16. He is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors. While his salary changes from movie to movie, his salary for National Treasure was $20,000,000.

17. His female co-stars include Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Penelope Cruz, Meg Ryan, Joan Allen, Monica Belluci, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendes, Shirley MacLaine, Bridget Fonda, Sarah Jessica Parker, Penelope Cruz, Kathleen Turner and Maria Bello.

18. His male co-stars include Sean Connery, Ed Harris, John Cusack, John Malkovich, John Travolta, Jon Voight, Michael Caine, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Sam Rockwell, Chris Cooper, James Franco, Christian Slater and Christian Bale.

19. He is one of the most sought after action stars in Hollywood.

20. Some of his roles so far included a writer, an alcoholic, an obsessive compulsive con man, sorcerer, weather man, convict, psycho villain, angel, cop, a car thief, a soldier, paramedic, a private investigator, a man working at a bakery, a cheating husband, a treasure hunter and an ex-con.

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Comments (12)
Patricia Rodrigues

Great Trivia !! I confess that I didn't know much about Nicolas...he seems to fall in love very easily...lol

He's a great actor. But, he doesn't always pick up the right scrip...

Patricia Rodrigues

Sorry, I meant, script.

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@Patricia: Thanks for commenting. I agree he is not always great with scripts, but more often than not, I agree with his choices. I loved The Sorcerer's Apprentice. P.S. You know, I'll tell you something funny about the falling in love easily part: (I hope I haven't told you this story already). Me and my friend left the theater after the sorcerer's apprentice and we were totally in love with his character and looks. Then I was joking that I would probably have no problems in seducing Nicolas in real life since well, he is 20 years older. Then I went home, checked his imdb page and realized his wife was my age!!! I laughed so hard about that:)))

Oh I loved this. I wish the photo of he and Lisa Marie had been there. I didn't even know that had happened. I love Nicholas and have seen a lot of his movies. Sometimes his are a little too violent. But I think he is really good.

Nicolas Cage is a fav actor of mine. So good to read facts about him. Born 1964? Wow... I thought he's still in his thirties. Good write Pinar. Tweet, tweet and dug :)

One of my favorite...

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@Susan: Shoot, I thought the photo was here! sometimes formatting gets in my way. I'll try to add another one of him and lisa, and see if it will work out. I love his movies!!! he is so much fun to watch and picks really entertaining scripts.

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@ Phoenix: Ha ha. He does look good. I love his generation of stars- they age very differently. Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise...they all redefined being in 40s, lol:)))

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@ Ron: mine too!

Oh Pinar, that would be terrific, I'll check back.

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Robert Marley

He's too intense for me, and always dominates the screen overshadowing the other characters. His current wife looks lovely, but why can't these Hollywood types stay loyal to one spouse.

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