Nicolas Cage Turns Half a Century Old

Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage who turns 50! See a photo of him that sets him back 30 years.
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Happy Birthday to Nicolas Cage who turns 50! See a photo of him that sets him back 30 years.

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Today Nicolas Cage turns the big 5-0, and since this is a rather impressive milestone, don't be surprised if he celebrates by buying another island...or castle...or $276,000 dinosaur skull.

Despite the Coppola blood coursing through his veins, Cage has gone beyond his impressive movie family ties and has managed to play some versatile roles in the 30-plus years he's been in the business. Among our favorites, he's played a one-handed, opera-loving hairy beast in Moonstruck, the good guy/bad guy on Face/Off, the suicidal drunk in Leaving Las Vegas, and twinsies sporting the worst moss-ridden hair in Adaptation (and that's saying a lot considering we're talking about whom we're talking about here). And of course, it wouldn't be appropriate if we didn't give a major shout out to his colorful, elaborate freak outs that he's provided throughout his career.

To celebrate his 50th, we picked this 1984 photo of Cage, which we think illustrates his essence: a forever young, dorky wiseguy—with eye-popping hair everywhere.