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' 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).
- 2001: Announced that he is dating 'Lisa Marie Presley' (qv), daughter of the late 'Elvis Presley' (qv). They later married.
- Big fan of 'Elvis Presley' (qv).
- Great-grandson of 'Francesco Pennino' (qv).
- Father August Coppola, formerly a professor at Cal State Long Beach and Dean of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University
- Former cousin, by marriage, of director 'Spike Jonze' (qv).
- In addition to the homes he owns, he also owns a home in Middletown, Rhode Island. Purchased in August 2007.
- Close friend of 'Tom Waits' (qv), 'Crispin Glover' (qv) and 'Rush (II)' (qv) drummer 'Neil Peart' (qv).
- 2006: He purchased a home on the former property of 'John Wayne (I)' (qv) in Newport Beach, CA, for a record-setting $24 million.