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November 4, 2021

Portraits of a Young Nicolas Cage in the 1980s

Nicolas Cage began his career in 1981 with a role in the television pilot The Best of Times. The following year, he made his feature film acting debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and since then he has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat. This was also the second and last time Cage was credited by his birth name as Nicolas Coppola; he later changed his name professionally to avoid nepotism allegations due to his connection to the Coppola family.


In 1983, Cage starred in a leading role in the teen romantic comedy Valley Girl alongside Deborah Foreman. In 1984, he appeared in The Cotton Club and Birdy. In 1986, Cage starred in The Boy in Blue and Peggy Sue Got Married before leading the crime drama Raising Arizona (1987). That same year Cage appeared opposite Cher in the acclaimed romantic-comedy film Moonstruck, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. In 1989, he appeared in the black comedy film Vampire's Kiss, a box-office bomb that later gained a cult following.

Take a look at a young Cage in the eighties through these 22 fascinating vintage portraits below:


























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