Actor Nicolas Cage is celebrating his 58th birthday today!
The accomplished actor was born on January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, California, making him officially 58-years-old today. Over his career, he has won an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe.
Some may be surprised to learn that Cage was actually born Nicolas Kim Coppola of the Coppola family, an Italian-American family that has become famous filmmakers and actors. Cage is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, who had directed talents such as Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro.
Cage changed his name to Nicolas Cage to avoid any allegations of nepotism. The name “Cage” was in part inspired by the Marvel comic book superhero Luke Cage.
Nicolas Cage Has Created An Impressive Filmography Through The Ages
Although Nicolas Cage made his film debut with a minor role in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” in 1982, he has since gone on to star in many, many films. Some of these include “Vampire’s Kiss” in 1988, “Honeymoon in Vegas” in 1992, and “Leaving Las Vegas” in 1995. He earned acclaim for his roles in “Con Air” and “Face/Off,” both of which debuted in 1997.
He appeared in “National Treasure” in 2004 and followed it up with its sequel, “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” in 2007. Between that time, he also appeared in “Lord of War” in 2005, “The Wickerman” in 2006, and “Ghost Rider” in 2007.
He appeared in the superhero blockbuster “Kick-A—” in 2010, along with “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” in which he also served as executive producer.
He appeared in “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” in 2011, “Rage” in 2014, and “Pay the Ghost” in 2015. In 2016, he appeared in four films, including “Dog Eat Dog,” “Snowden,” “USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage” and “Army of One.”
He appeared in several direct-to-video films in 2017 and 2018, including “Arsenal,” “Looking Glass,” “The Humanity Bureau,” and “211.” In 2019, he appeared in even more direct-to-video films, including “A Score to Settle,” “Running with the Devil,” “Kill Chain,” “Primal,” and “Grand Isle.”
In 2021, he appeared in “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” “Willy’s Wonderland,” and “Pig,” in which he has received critical acclaim.
Nicolas Cage Has An Impressive Voice Acting Resumé As Well!
Cage’s first voice role was in 2001 when he voiced Jacob Marley in “Christmas Carol: The Movie.”
He also voiced Zoc in “The Ant Bully” in 2006. Cage voiced Speckles in “G-Force” and Dr. Tenma in “Astro Boy,” which both debuted in 2009. He voiced Grug in the 2013 animated film “The Croods,” and reprised his role for its sequel, “The Croods: A New Age” in 2020.
In 2018, Cage voiced Superman in “Teen Titans Go! To The Movies,” and voiced Peter Parker and Spider-Man Noir in the widely acclaimed film, “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.” In 2019, he also narrated the documentary “Love, Antosha.”
Nicolas Cage Has Also Appeared In A Few TV Shows As Well!
Although Cage hasn’t appeared in many TV shows, he does have a few credits to his name. In 1981, he appeared in “The Best of Times” pilot and was credited as Nicolas Coppola.
In 1990, he played Heartbreaker in a television stage production of “Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted.”
He also hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 1992 and then made a small cameo appearance in another episode in 2012.
In 2007, he served as executive producer of “The Dresden Files,” although he didn’t appear in the show itself.
In 2021, Cage hosted six episodes of Netflix’s “History of Swear Words,” which did a deep dive into the etymology and history of swear words, along with their origins in pop culture.
Future Works For Fans To Look Forward To!
Looking ahead to 2022, Nicolas Cage is playing himself in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent,” in which he will also serve as a producer. The film has an expected theatrical release date of April 22, 2022. He will also appear in “The Retirement Plan,” “The Old Way,” and “Butcher’s Crossing.”
In addition, Cage will also appear as Dracula in a new film titled “Renfield.” Nicholas Hoult will play the role of Dracula’s titular henchman. Not too much is known about the latest Universal monster movie at this time, but the film is expected to start production later this year.
Ironically, the “Mad Max: Fury Road” actor Nicholas Hoult is also celebrating his 32nd birthday today!