Is Nicolas Cage related to Francis Ford Coppola? Learn more about the Face/Off star and prominent filmmaker’s relationship in this article.
Nicolas Cage is a household name in the American film industry. Since beginning his career in 1981, the Long Beach native has starred in over 115 movies or series.
Cage is widely recognized for his roles in Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, The Rock, Next, The Old Way, Renfield. and many more.
On the other hand, Francis Ford Coppola is a renowned film producer, director, and screenwriter. Coppola is regarded as one of the significant figures of the New Hollywood filmmaking movement in the sixties and seventies.
Coppola has won five Academy Awards, two Palmes d’Or, six Golden Globe Awards, and a British Academy Film Award (BAFTA).
Is Nicolas Cage Related To Francis Ford Coppola? Nephew And Family Tree
Yes. Nicolas Cage is the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. Both of them are part of the Coppola Family, an Italian-American family of performing artists and filmmakers.
For those unversed, Nicolas Cage’s real name is Nicolas Kim Coppola.
Francis Ford Coppola and Nicolas Cage’s late father, August Coppola, are brothers. The Old Way star is also the nephew of actress Talia Rose Coppola, aka Talia Shire.
Moreover, Carmine Coppola, a flutist, and Italia Coppola (née Pennino) are Nicolas Cage’s grandparents and Francis Ford and August Coppola’s parents.
The Coppola family’s ancestors are Italian immigrants. They came to the United States from Bernalda, Basilicata and Naples, Italy.
Besides, Nicolas Cage is related to several other prominent actresses, actors, and filmmakers, including Robert Schwartzman (cousin), Sofia Coppola (cousin), Matthew Shire (cousin), Gia Coppola (cousin), Jason Schwartzman (cousin), Gian-Carlo Coppola (cousin), and Francesco Pennino (great grandparent).
Nicolas Cage Begged His Uncle Francis Ford Coppola To Include Him In The Godfather Trilogy
Nicolas Cage once disclosed that he begged his famous director uncle Francis Ford Coppola to include him in the Godfather trilogy.
The 59-year-old actor explained when The Godfather Part III was scheduled for production in 1990, he told his uncle, “I really think I ought to be in your movie.”
In a talk with other Hollywood celebrities for The Hollywood Reporter, Cage revealed: “I said, ‘I truly think I ought to be in your movie, Uncle. I sincerely believe that you should cast me. I believe I could perform this role.
Francis Ford was going to cast Andy Garcia, and Cage said he just sees himself more as James Caan’s son, and he’s playing Sonny’s son. “He is not Michael’s son in the role. His father is Sonny. Just a little bit more James Caan,” Cage recalled.
Unfortunately, Coppola never included Nicolas Cage in the movie. Cage shared the story after being asked what movie he would love to make but didn’t think anyone would let him.
Nicolas Cage Family And Parents
Nicolas Cage was born on 7 January 1964 in Long Beach, California, to his parents, August Coppola and Joy Vogelsang.
While his father was a literature professor, his mother was a dancer and choreographer. The actor grew up in a Catholic family. As mentioned above, he has Italian descent from his father’s side.
From his mother’s side, Cage has German and Polish heritage.
Nicolas Cage is the youngest of three sons of his mom and dad. His siblings/brothers are radio personality Marc “The Cope” Coppola and director Christopher Coppola.