Nicolas Cage (born Nicolas Kim Coppola) is an American actor, producer, director and the nephew of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. Striving to make a name for himself and avoid accusations of nepotism, he changed his last name to Cage in honor of the avant-garde...Read more musician John Cage and comic book hero Luke Cage. He was born on January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, California, to comparative literature professor August Floyd Coppola and a dancer/choreographer mother. After high school, he made his film debut with a small role in the cult classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982). In his long career (with over 75 film credits), Cage has often been a hit or miss actor, with critical and box office successes and absolute flops sometimes hitting theaters in the same year. Some of his best work can be seen in "Moonstruck" (1987), the Coen brothers' cult "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Red Rock West" (1993), "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), "The Rock" (1996), "Face/Off" (1997), "Con Air" (1997), "Adaptation." (2002), "Lord of War" (2005) and "The Croods" (2013). His worst includes "Deadfall" (1993) which earned 0% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, and "Wicker Man" (2006), which has inspired its own so-bad-it's-good following. Cage was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Moonstruck." He won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a SAG award for "Leaving Las Vegas," for which he was also awarded best actor by the National Board of Review, the Chicago Film Critics Association, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. For his performance, he was also nominated for a BAFTA and an Independent Spirit Award.