Date of Birth: January 7th 1964
Born Nicholas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California on the 7th of January, 1964, young Nic had a heavyweight name to live up to. Both his parents were successes in themselves - his father, August, was a professor in comparative literature at Cal State, Long Beach (later the Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University) and his mother, Joy Vogelsang was a renowned dancer and choreographer. Yet the family contained bigger names still. Nic's aunt was Talia Shire, star of the Rocky movies and subject of Stallone's final, triumphant bellow of "Adrian! Adrian!" while his uncle was no less than Francis Ford Coppola, deified director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Tough to top achievements like that.
Academy Award®-winner NICOLAS CAGE, one of the most versatile actors of all time, is equally well known for his poignant portrayals in both drama and comedy. NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS represents Cage’s fifth collaboration with producer Jerry Bruckheimer following THE ROCK, CON AIR, GONE IN 60 SECONDS and NATIONAL TREASURE. His memorable performance as an alcoholic drinking himself to death in the MGM drama LEAVING LAS VEGAS, directed by Mike Figgis, earned him an Academy Award. He also received a Golden Globe and Best Actor awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Chicago Film Critics and the National Board of Review. Cage further solidified his leading man status when he received Academy Award, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations for his dual role as twin brothers Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Spike Jonze’s quirky comedy ADAPTATION, which co-starred Meryl Streep and Chris Cooper.