Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor, producer and director. He has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and dramas to science fiction and action movies. Cage is known for his prolificacy, appearing in at least one film per year, nearly every year since 1980 (with the exception of 1985 and 1991).
In the early years of his career, Cage starred in critically acclaimed films such as Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Birdy (1984), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Moonstruck (1987), Vampire’s Kiss (1989), Wild at Heart (1990), Honeymoon in Vegas (1992), and Red Rock West (1993).
Cage received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as an alcoholic Hollywood writer in Leaving Las Vegas (1995) before coming to the attention of wider audiences with mainstream films such as The Rock (1996), Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997), City of Angels (1998) and National Treasure (2004). He earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation (2002). In 2002, he directed the film Sonny for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival. Cage owns a production company Saturn Films and produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and The Life of David Gale (2003).
Though his performances in The Weather Man (2005), Lord of War (2005), The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009), and Kick-Ass (2010) earned critical acclaim, and films such as Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009) were box office successes, Cage has been strongly criticized in recent years for his choice of roles, some of which have been universally panned. Most recently, he starred in The Croods, The Frozen Ground and Joe which all received acclaim.
|1981||Best of Times||Nic (credited as Nicolas Coppola)|
|1982||Fast Times at Ridgemont High||Brad’s bud|
|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|
|1988||Never on Tuesday||Man In Red Sports Car||Uncredited|
|1989||Vampire’s Kiss||Peter Leow|
|1990||Tempo di uccidere||Enrico Silvestri||aka Time to Kill|
|1990||Fire Birds||Jake Preston||aka Wings of the Apache|
|1990||Industrial Symphony No. 1||Heartbreaker|
|1990||Wild at Heart||Sailor|
|1992||Honeymoon in Vegas||Jack Singer|
|1993||Amos & Andrew||Amos Odell|
|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|
|1995||Leaving Las Vegas||Ben Sanderson|
|1996||The Rock||Dr. Stanley Goodspeed|
|1997||Con Air||Cameron Poe|
|1997||Face/Off||Castor Troy/Sean Archer|
|1998||City of Angels||Seth|
|1998||Snake Eyes||Rick Santoro|
|1999||Bringing Out the Dead||Frank Pierce|
|2000||Gone in Sixty Seconds||Randall “Memphis” Raines|
|2000||The Family Man||Jack Campbell|
|2001||Shadow of the Vampire|
|2001||Captain Corelli’s Mandolin||Captain Antonio Corelli|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Jacob Marley||Voice|
|2002||Windtalkers||Sgt. Joe Enders|
|2002||Adaptation.||Charlie Kaufman / Donald Kaufman|
|2003||The Life of David Gale|
|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 Curse of Superman||Himself||Uncredited archive footage|
|2006||The Wicker Man||Edward Malus|
|2006||World Trade Center||John McLoughlin|
|2007||Ghost Rider||Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze|
|2007||Grindhouse||Dr. Fu Manchu||Segment: Werewolf Women of the SS|
|2007||National Treasure: Book of Secrets||Benjamin Gates|
|2008||Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired||Himself||Archive footage|
|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|
|2010||Kick-Ass||Damon Macready/Big Daddy|
|2010||With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story||Himself|
|2010||The Sorcerer’s Apprentice||Balthazar Blake|
|2011||Season of the Witch||Behman von Bleiruck|
|2011||Seeking Justice||Will Gerard|
|2012||A Thousand Words|
|2012||Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance||Ghost Rider/Johnny Blaze|
|2013||The Croods||Grug Crood||Voice|
|2013||The Frozen Ground||Detective Glenn Flothe|
|2014||Left Behind||Rayford Steele||Post-production|
|2015||The Dying Of The Light||CIA agent||Filming|
- World Trade Center
- Gone in Sixty Seconds
- Snake Eyes
- Con Air
- The Rock
- Leaving Las Vegas
- Kiss of Death
Rachel Sarah Murphy: Excellent
Daniel Wymbs: Excellent
Ferdia McAnna (writer): Nicholas Cage was terrific in Red Rock West and Con Air and Face Off. He gets a lot of bad press but I like him. He also rocked Wild At Heart.
Michael Purcell (actor): I don’t like Nicolas Cage but that’s more to do with his personality than his acting.
Stuart Dunne (actor): De Niro, Di Caprio, Cage, Crowe, Washington, they would give me some thing to think of, and their interpretation of their roles
Paul Tylak (actor): I don’t like him, he’s not versatile.
Michael Doherty (RTE Guide): A quirky screen presence who can deliver the goods at times, but too often is over hammy in lame movies.
Elfrieda Carroll: Never found the plot (peggy sue got married- seriously??)
Alvean Jones (tv presenter): Don’t know why so many people hate him, but I don’t care about him.
Film fan: Wincing, frowning, emotionally pained leading man appears to have limited emotional range. Probably a spent force.
Film fan: Nicholas Cage – Hunk but not into his films.