Nicolas Kim Coppola (born January 7, 1964), is known professionally as Nicolas Cage. He was born in Long Beach California to August Coppola who is the brother of Francis Ford Coppola. Cage is also the nephew of actress Talia Shire. Cage has two brothers, Marc and Christopher. At the very beginning of his career, he changed his name in order not to be always associated with his uncle.

His film debut was a minor role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Some of Cage's movies include Moonstruck (with Cher), 8mm (1999), The Rock (along with Sean Connery), Con Air (1997) and National Treasure along with numerous other roles.

He received an Oscar for his role as a suicidal alcoholic in the film Leaving Las Vegas. In total, Nicolas was nominated for the Award twice.

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