Nicolas’s father was of Italian descent. Nicolas’s maternal grandfather was of approximately three quarters German, and one quarter British Isles [English, Scottish], ancestry. Nicolas’s maternal grandmother was of Polish descent.
Nicolas Cage was born on January 7, 1964, in Long Beach, California, the United States, to August Floyd Coppola, a literature professor, and Joy Vogelsang, a dancer, and choreographer. His mother suffered bouts of depression and was hospitalized during his childhood. Nevertheless, he was close to her and later used his understanding of her mental illness to help create his film characters. His parents divorced when he was twelve.
The famous film director, Francis Ford Coppola is his uncle and he is the cousin of Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, and Gian-Carlo Coppola. He also has two brothers, Christopher Coppola and Marc Coppola.
Aunt Talia Shire was Adrian to Sylvester Stallone's Rocky, and her son, Jason Schwartzman, made his mark in Rushmore. Two other cousins, Sophia and Roman, are directors, while brothers Chris and Mark are in film and radio, respectively.
He was raised in a Catholic family. His father was of Italian descent and his mother was of German and Polish ancestry.
Not wanting to lurk in the shadows of his successful uncle’s name 'Coppola’, he changed his name from Nicolas Coppola to Nicolas Cage, named after the Marvel Comics superhero, Luke Cage.