Jan. 7th, 1964
Long Beach, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Himself - Host
The son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (a brother of director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang, Cage changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation, succeeding brilliantly with a host of classic, quirky roles by the late 1980s.
Initially studying theatre at Beverly Hills High (though he dropped out at 17), he secured a bit part in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) -- most of which was cut, dashing his hopes and leading to a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater, thinking that would be the only route to a movie career. But a job reading lines with auditioners for uncle Francis' Rumble Fish (1983) landed him a role in that film, followed by the punk-rocker in Valley Girl (1983), which was released first and truly launched his career.
His one-time passion for method acting reached a personal limit when he smashed a street-vendor's remote-control car to achieve the sense of rage needed for his gangster character in The Cotton Club (1984).
In his early 20s, he dated Jenny Wright (I) for two years and later linked to Uma Thurman. After a relationship of several years with Christina Fulton, a model, they split amicably and share custody of a son, Weston Coppola Cage (b.1992).
- Former stepfather of 'Patricia Arquette' (qv)'s son Enzo
- Great-grandson of 'Francesco Pennino' (qv).
- Got 'Johnny Depp' (qv) his first acting job.
- 1997: He lived in a fake castle on the outskirts Los Angeles. He wants to import an authentic one from overseas.
- Devoted 'Elvis Presley' (qv) fan that he is, in _Wild at Heart (1990)_ (qv) he performed the Elvis classic "Love Me" with uncanny aplomb.
- Collects comic books and sees them as being today's equivalent of mythology.
- May 2001: Awarded an Honory Doctorate in Fine Arts by California State University, Fullerton. He spoke at the commencement.
- Went to the same high school as 'Angelina Jolie' (qv), 'Michael Klesic' (qv), 'Lenny Kravitz' (qv), 'David Schwimmer (I)' (qv), 'Jonathan Silverman (I)' (qv), 'Gina Gershon' (qv), 'Rhonda Fleming' (qv), 'Jackie Cooper (I)' (qv), 'Rob Reiner' (qv), 'Antonio Sabato Jr.' (qv), 'Pauly Shore' (qv), 'Michael Tolkin' (qv), 'Betty White (I)' (qv), 'Corbin Bernsen' (qv), 'Elizabeth Daily' (qv), 'Albert Brooks (I)' (qv) and 'Crispin Glover' (qv).