He cites James Dean as the key inspiration for his career, saying, "I started acting because I wanted to be James Dean. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden. I was like, 'That's what I want to do'." By this stage of his career, Coppola had already directed Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman and Robert De Niro.
Films such as Ghost Rider (2007) and Knowing (2009) were box office successes.
Cage was born in Long Beach, California, to August Coppola, a professor of literature, and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer and choreographer. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German and Polish descent.
During his early career, Cage starred in a variety of 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), Fire Birds (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) and City of Angels (1998).
Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles.
The suspense thriller 8mm (1999) is considered a cult film.
Nic and his chick -- sporting a colorful kimono -- hit up celeb hotspot Asanebo in the Valley on Friday, making this a pretty high profile evening. As we reported, Nic and his wife of nearly 12 years, Alice Kim, have been separated since January ...
There was some major PDA going on too, so we can assume Nic's serious ... although they just went public with it on Friday afternoon.
The couple, who split in January, were married nearly 12 years and share 10-year-old son Kal-el.
"I made a very clear decision to marry out of my own Zip code," Cage said of the Korean-born Kim in a 2013 interview with the Guardian. I married into another culture." Cage, the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, was previously wed to actress Patricia Arquette and singer Lisa Marie Presley.