Actor Nicolas Cage (Con Air, Leaving Las Vegas, Raising Arizona, National Treasure) was born Nicolas Coppola. He is the nephew of producer/director Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now, the Godfather films), who gave Nicolas his first movie role in Rumble Fish (1983), and his first leading role in a major movie, Peggy Sue Got Married (1986).
Nicolas is the brother of writer/producer Christopher Coppola (1998's Gunfighter, 1999's Palmer's Pick Up). Christopher worked as an apprentice to his grandfather Carmine for Apocalypse Now. He also had a role in the 1994 short film The Cage of Nicolas.
Francis is the son of composer/musician Carmine Coppola, who worked on several of Francis's films. Francis is also the son of actress Italia Coppola, who appeared in the first two Godfather films, as well as 1982's One from the Heart, which Francis directed.
Francis's wife, Eleanor Coppola, worked as a set decorator for her husband's 1963 film Dementia 13. Eleanor then appeared in an uncredited role in her husband's 1969 film The Rain People. She has also been the director and cinematographer of several documentaries featuring her husband, including 1991's Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, which featured her children as well.
Francis and Eleanor's daughter, Sofia Coppola, is an Oscar-nominated director (for 2003's Lost in Translation). Sofia appeared in seven of her father's films, her first as the baby in the christening scene in The Godfather.
Talia Shire, best known for playing Sylvester Stallone’s girlfriend “Adrian” in Rocky, was originally named Talia Coppola. She played Michael Corleone's sister, "Connie," in the Godfather films. She is Francis's sister, Nicolas's aunt, and the mother of three children from two marriages.
Talia's son from her first marriage to movie composer David Shire is Matthew Shire. Matthew wrote the 2010 TV series Neighbors From Hell and worked as a production assistant for 2008's The House Bunny.
Talia is also the mother of actor/musician Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore, Funny People, I Heart Huckabees, The Darjeeling Limited, HBO's Bored to Death) who starred in 2006's Marie Antoinette, which was written and directed by Sofia. Talia's other son is actor/musician Robert Schwartzman (frontman of the group Rooney, The Virgin Suicides, "Michael Moscovitz" in The Princess Diaries). Robert's first screen credit was in Sofia's 1998 short film Lick the Star.
Jason and Robert's father is producer/actor Jack Schwartzman (1983's Never Say Never Again), whose single acting credit was as an extra in 1971's The Christian Licorice Store. Jack produced 1986's Rad, 1991's Bed & Breakfast and Cold Heaven (all of which starred Talia), followed by 1995's One Night Stand, which Talia directed.
Jack's son from a previous marriage, John Schwartzman, is a successful cinematographer who has worked on over 26 films, including The Rock, Seabiscuit, Pearl Harbor, The Bucket List, and more. John's sister Stephanie Schwartzman has worked in the art department on films like Edward Scissorhands, A Little Princess, The Birdcage, and Cold Heaven (her father and stepmother's film).
Francis is also the uncle of actor Marc Coppola (brother to Nicolas and Christopher). Marc appeared in several of his family member's films, including Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club (1984), 1988's Vampire's Kiss (which starred Nicolas), 1988's Dracula's Widow (written/directed by Christopher), 1993's Deadfall (also directed by Christopher), Leaving Las Vegas, 1995's One Night Stand (directed by Talia), 1996's Jack (directed by Francis), 2000's Bel Air (directed by Christopher), and 2002's Sonny (directed by Nicolas).
Francis and Eleanor's son, Gian-Carlo Coppola, was an actor who appeared in four of his father's films. On May 26, 1986, Gian-Carlo died in a boating accident. Griffin O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal, was charged with the negligent operation of a boat and placed on 18 months probation in connection with the incident.
Gian-Carlo's daughter, Gia Coppola, appeared in 1989's New York Stories, which was directed by Francis, as well as an uncredited appearance as in The Godfather: Part III. Gia was also a costume staff assistant for Sofia's 2010 film Somewhere and a creative consultant for Francis's 2011 film Twixt.
Roman Coppola, the son of Francis and brother of Sofia, is an
actor whose first role was in 1974'sThe Godfather: Part II. Roman, who
was eight at the time, played the younger version of "Sonny
Corleone." "We had to curl his hair every morning, which he
hated," recalled Francis.
In her 2008 autobiography, Nicolas's Peggy Sue co-star Kathleen Turner suggested that Cage acted out to displace the sentiment that he got the role purely out of Hollywood nepotism. Among the allegations, Turner states that: "He caused so many problems. He was arrested twice for drunk-driving and, I think, once for stealing a dog. He'd come across a Chihuahua he liked and stuck it in his jacket. On the last night of filming, he came into my trailer after he'd clearly been drinking heavily. He fell on his knees and asked if I could ever forgive him. I said, 'Not right now. I have a scene to shoot. Excuse me,' and just walked out. Nicolas didn't manage to kill the film, but he didn't add a lot to it, either. For years, whenever I saw him, he'd apologize for his behavior. I'd say: 'Look, I'm way over it.' But I haven't pursued the idea of working with him again." However, Cage took offense at these allegations and sued Turner in British court. She backed off her statements, issued an apology, and made a donation to his designated charity. Also, future copies of her book will carry a correction.