Nicolas Cage has been one of the best Hollywood actors for years. He has recently faced abuse allegations from an ex-girlfriend Vickie Park and is known for both his great success in Hollywood, as well as his lavish spending.
Who is Nicolas Cage?
Nicolas Cage is an actor and filmmaker who starred in dozens of movies over the course of decades. He was born on January 7, 1964, as Nicolas Coppola in Long Beach, California.
His family was influential, made up of actors and filmmakers, so naturally, he was inspired to start acting as well. After watching James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, he asked his uncle, Francis Ford Coppola, a famous director, to give him a screen test. He was only 15 at the time.
He changed his name to avoid potential nepotism, as he is the nephew of a successful film director. Nephew. Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage inspired him to pick the name Nicolas Cage.
His career started with a minor role in the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He later appeared in Valley Girl (1983), Racing with the Moon (1984), Wild at Heart (1990), and Honeymoon in Vegas(1992).
In 1995, his big break came with the film Leaving Las Vegas. Roles in movies like Con Air in 1997 and City of Angels in 1998 followed while the biggest hits came during the 2000s with National Treasure in 2004 and Ghost Rider in 2007, as well as its sequel in 2011. Recently, he worked on the 2013 animated film The Croods and co-starred in a 2017 horror comedy Mom and Dad.
Throughout his career, he won and was nominated for many awards and honors, like the Academy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, Critics’ Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, MTV Awards, etc.
Nicolas Cage Net Worth
Nicolas Cage has an estimated net worth of roughly $25 million (£19.1m). He accumulated his wealth from his longtime success in Hollywood. His wealth used to be much higher, but it dwindled due to his lavish spending.
He is believed to have earned a total of $150 million (£114.6m) only from acting between 1996 and 2011. When it comes to his spending, he owned 15 personal homes, 2 European castles, an island in the Bahamas, a fleet of luxury cars, shrunken pygmy heads, a pet octopus, and a 70-million-year-old dinosaur skull that he beat Leonardo DiCaprio too. It was however returned to the Mongolian government after the news of it being stolen. He also had four extravagant yachts.
Nicolas Cage is not married. During his life, he was married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, Lisa Marie Presley from 2002 to 2004, and Alice Kim from July 2004 until January 2016.
Cage has an impressive collection of movies he starred in. These include:
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Valley Girl(1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Raising Arizona (1987), Free Birds (1990), Red Rock West(1993), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), The Rock (1996) Face/Off (1997), Con Air (1997) and City of Angels (1998), National Treasure (2004), Lord of War (2005), Ghost Rider (2007), Knowing (2009), Ghost Rider 2: Spirit of Vengeance (2011), The Croods (2013), Mom and Dad (2017) and Mandy in (2018).
On October 5, 2018, reports claiming that Cage abused his former girlfriend Vickie Park appeared. She reportedly had an on-off relationship with Cage since around June 2017. She alleged that Cage was ‘severely intoxicated’ during the Slash Film Festival in Vienna on September 20, during which he was abusive to her.
The case was detailed in court documents, as part of a restraining order application she is seeking at the moment against Alice Kim, the now ex-wife of the cage. Park said Kim continuously stalked her on social media and harassed her. The judge denied the restraining order until a hearing.
A representative for the actor said on the matter: ‘Nicolas and Alice Cage categorically deny the absurd allegations.’