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Nicolas Cage

Highest Rated:   98% The Wrestler (2008)
Lowest Rated:   0% A Thousand Words (2012)
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Birthplace:   Long Beach, California
Actor Nicolas Cage has always strived to make a name for himself based on his work, rather than on his lineage. As the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Cage altered his last name to avoid accusations of nepotism. (He chose "Cage" both out of admiration for avant-garde musician John Cage and en homage to comic book hero Luke Cage). Even if he had retained the family name, it isn't likely that anyone would consider Cage holding fast to his uncle's coattails. Time and again, Cage travels to great lengths to add verisimilitude to his roles.Born January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, CA, to a literature professor father and dancer/choreographer mother, Cage first caught the acting bug while a student at Beverly Hills High School. After graduation, he debuted on film with a small part in Amy Heckerling's 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Following a lead role in Martha Coolidge's cult comedy Valley Girl (1983), Cage spent the remainder of the decade playing endearingly bizarre and disreputable men, most notably as Crazy Charlie the Appliance King in Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Hi McDonough in Raising Arizona (1987), and Ronny Cammareri in the same year's Moonstruck, the last of which won him a Golden Globe nomination and a legion of female fans, ecstatic over the actor's unconventional romantic appeal.The '90s saw Cage assume a series of diverse roles, ranging from a violent ex-con in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (1990) to a sweet-natured private eye in the romantic comedy Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) to a dying alcoholic in Mike Figgis' astonishing Leaving Las Vegas (1995). For this last role, Cage won a Best Actor Oscar for his quietly devastating portrayal, and, respectability in hand, gained an official entrance into Hollywood's higher ranks. After winning his Oscar, along with a score of other honors for his performance, Cage switched gears in a way that would prove to be, with the occasional exception, largely permanent. He dove into a series of action movies like the Michael Bay thriller The Rock, the prisoners-on-a-plane movie Con Air, and the infamous John Woo flick Face/Off. Greeted with hefty paychecks and audience approval, Cage forged ahead on a career path lit largely with explosions.There would be exceptions, like 1998's City of Angels, a remake of Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, and Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out the Dead, and the the lightly dramatic romantic comedy The Family Man, but Cage stuck mostly to thrillers and action movies. A spate of such films would fill his resume, like Gone in 60 Seconds, The Life of David Gale, 8MM, and Snake Eyes, but Cage would briefly revisit his roots in character work, teaming with Being John Malkovich director Spike Jonze in 2002 for a duel role in the complex comedy Adaptation (2002). With Cage appearing as both screenwriter Charlie Kaufman as well as his fictional brother Donald, Adaptation followed Charlie's attempt to adapt author Susan Orlean's seemingly unfilmable novel The Orchid Thief as a feature film, and Donald's parallel efforts to write his own hacky yet lucrative script by following the guidance of a caustic, Syd Field-like screenwriting instructor (Brian Cox). A weighty role that demanded an actor capable of portraying characters that couldn't differ more emotionally despite their outward appearance, Adaptation brought Cage his second Oscar nomination -- and he was soon back to business as usual.2004 saw the release of the megahit adventure film National Treasure, which cast Cage as an archaeologist convinced there's a treasure map on the back of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. The outrageous film would earn a sequel in 2007, but first Cage made the ill-advised decision to star in Neil LaBute's reworking of the Robin Hardy/Anthony Shaffer collaboration The Wicker Man (2006). Though video compilations of the movie's most hilariously hackneyed moments would become popular on the internet, Cage was soon portraying a motorcycle-driving stuntman who sells

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Inconceivable
  • Brian
2017
4% Arsenal
  • Eddie
2017
No Score Yet Mom & Dad
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Vengeance: A Love Story
  • Actor
2017
9% USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
  • Captain McVay
2016
27% Army of One
  • Gary Faulkner
2016
46% Dog Eat Dog
  • Troy
2016
61% Snowden
  • Hank Forrester
$21.6M 2016
62% The Trust
  • Jim Stone
2016
11% Pay the Ghost
  • Mike Lawford
2015
26% The Runner
  • Colin Price
2015
5% Outcast
  • Gallain
2015
No Score Yet Frank or Francis
  • Actor
2015
9% Dying of the Light
  • Evan Lake
2014
2% Left Behind
  • Rayford Steele
$10.7M 2014
14% Rage
  • Paul Maguire
2014
87% Joe
  • Joe Ransom
$0.3M 2014
No Score Yet Amicus
  • Rodney Smolla
2014
61% The Frozen Ground
  • Sgt. Jack Halcombe
$90k 2013
70% The Croods
  • Grug
$187.2M 2013
16% Stolen
  • Will Montgomery
$0.3M 2012
27% Seeking Justice
  • Will Gerard
$0.5M 2012
0% A Thousand Words
  • Producer
$18.5M 2012
17% Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  • Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
$51.8M 2012
10% Trespass
  • Kyle Miller
$17.3k 2011
46% Drive Angry
  • Milton
$10.8M 2011
9% Season of the Witch
  • Behmen
$24.9M 2011
41% The Sorcerer's Apprentice
  • Balthazar Blake
  • Executive Producer
$63.2M 2010
76% Kick-Ass
  • Damon Macready/Big Daddy
$20.1M 2010
No Score Yet With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story
  • Actor
2010
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Terence McDonagh
$1.7M 2009
49% Astro Boy (AstroBoy)
  • Dr. Tenma
$19.6M 2009
22% G-Force
  • Speckles
$119.5M 2009
34% Knowing
  • John Koestler
$80M 2009
No Score Yet Riot (John Carpenter's Riot) (Scared Straight)
  • Actor
  • Producer
2009
98% The Wrestler
  • Producer
$26.2M 2008
9% Bangkok Dangerous
  • Joe
  • Producer
$15.2M 2008
35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Ben Gates
$220M 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Actor
2007
28% Next
  • Producer
  • Cris Johnson
$18M 2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Fu Manchu
$25M 2007
26% Ghost Rider
  • Johnny Blaze/Ghost Rider
$115.9M 2007
No Score Yet Amarillo Slim
  • Actor
2006
15% The Wicker Man
  • Producer
  • Edward Malus
$23.7M 2006
68% World Trade Center
  • John McLoughlin
$70.3M 2006
63% The Ant Bully
  • Zoc
$28.1M 2006
58% The Weather Man
  • David Spritz
$12.5M 2005
61% Lord of War
  • Yuri Orlov
  • Producer
$24.1M 2005
44% National Treasure
  • Ben Gates
$173M 2004
82% Matchstick Men
  • Roy Waller
$36.9M 2003
19% The Life of David Gale
  • Producer
$19.6M 2003
91% Adaptation
  • Charlie Kaufman/Donald Kaufman
$22.2M 2002
23% Sonny
  • Acid Yellow
  • Producer
  • Director
2002
32% Windtalkers
  • Joe Enders
$40.6M 2002
29% Captain Corelli's Mandolin
  • Capt. Antonio Corelli
$25.3M 2001
20% Christmas Carol - The Movie
  • Jacob Marley
2001
81% Shadow of the Vampire
  • Producer
$7.6M 2000
53% The Family Man
  • Jack
2000
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
24% Gone in 60 Seconds (Gone in Sixty Seconds)
  • Randall `Memphis' Raines
$101M 2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead
  • Frank
1999
22% 8MM
  • Tom Welles
1999
40% Snake Eyes
  • Det. Rick Santoro
1998
59% City of Angels
  • Seth
1998
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Himself
1998
92% Face/Off
  • Castor Troy
1997
54% Con Air
  • Cameron Poe
1997
66% The Rock
  • Stanley Goodspeed
1996
90% Leaving Las Vegas
  • Ben Sanderson
1995
68% Kiss of Death
  • Little Junior
1995
71% It Could Happen to You
  • Charlie Lang
1994
59% Guarding Tess
  • Doug Chesnic
1994
10% Trapped in Paradise
  • Bill
1994
0% Deadfall
  • Eddie
1993
21% Amos & Andrew
  • Amos Odell
1993
95% Red Rock West
  • Michael Williams
1993
61% Honeymoon in Vegas
  • Jack Singer
1992
No Score Yet Rabbit Ears: Davy Crockett
  • Actor
1992
33% Zandalee
  • Johnny Collins
1991
65% Wild At Heart
  • Sailor Ripley
1990
No Score Yet Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Broken Hearted
  • Actor
1990
10% Fire Birds
  • Jake Preston
1990
No Score Yet Time To Kill
  • Enrico Silvestri
1989
59% Vampire's Kiss
  • Peter Loew
1989
No Score Yet Never on Tuesday
  • Man in Red Sports Car (uncredited)
1988
92% Moonstruck
  • Ronny Cammareri
1987
90% Raising Arizona
  • H.I. McDonnough
1987
85% Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Charlie Bodell
1986
No Score Yet The Boy in Blue
  • Ned Hanlan
1986
88% Birdy
  • Al Columbato
1984
75% The Cotton Club
  • Vincent Dwyer
1984
60% Racing With the Moon
  • Nicky / Bud
1984
72% Rumble Fish
  • Smokey
1983
83% Valley Girl
  • Randy
1983
78% Fast Times At Ridgemont High
  • Brad's Bud
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2010
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2002
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1992

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