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Nicholas Kim Coppola better known as Nicolas Cage, was born in Long Beach, California to August Coppola, a comparative literature professor and brother of director Francis Ford Coppola and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang.
Cage initially studied theater at Beverly Hills High, though he dropped out at 17 years old, he did end up graduating from UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Cage changed his name early on in his career to make his own mark in Hollywood and his certainly did so with classic, quirky roles during the late 1980s like his small role in the memorable 1982 romantic dramedy Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Yet, his role in the 1983 romantic comedy Valley Girl is what really launched his career.
Cage is known for playing flamboyant, larger than life characters in his own sly and unique way. He’s also known for his comedic side and penchant for churning out memorable action heroes. Cage has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role twice, and took home the statuette for his performance in the 1995 romantic drama Leaving Las Vegas. His other blockbuster hits include 1996’s The Rock, 1997’s Face/Off and 2007’s Ghost Rider. In honor of his 58th birthday, here is a Top 10 list of Nicolas Cage movies.