Nicolas Cage started performing on television in 1981 and moved on to the silver film in 1982. But his fortune in Hollywood didn’t start to alter until he gave a terrific performance in Leaving Las Vegas. The actor is well known for his action-packed roles in films like Face/Off, the Ghost Rider trilogy, and Pig.

Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

Over the years, Cage has been part of various successful films and generated huge income. As of 2023, the actor has a net worth estimated at $25 million. The 59-year-old is fond of animals and owns a number of them. Nicolas Cage spent tens of thousands of dollars on a rare two-headed gopher snake after a strange dream.

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Nicolas Cage spent $80,000 on a rare snake

Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

It is no news the love Nicolas Cage has for rare animals as he has owned various of them. The actor adopted many animals after the owner of a pet store died. He also has a beloved Maine Coon named Merlin. The 59-year-old once spent a huge amount on a rare two-headed gopher snake.

The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent star revealed he once dreamt of a two-headed eagle. The next day, he received a call regarding a two-headed snake, and the producer knew he had to take it.

In an interview with GQ, Cage said,

“I was having dreams about two-headed eagles. And then the next day, somebody calls me and says, ‘Oh, I have a two-headed snake you might be interested in buying.’ And I’m dreaming about two-headed eagles. And it costs like 80 grand. I said, ‘I’ll do it. Here, I’ll take it.'”

The Ghost Rider star purchased the snake for $80,000 and named him Harvey. The snake with two heads needed special care, like putting a spatula between the two heads so they wouldn’t fight over their food. This level of care seemed too much for the Knowing actor, so he donated Harvey the Snake to the Audubon Zoo, where Harvey lived to the age of 14 and died in 2021.

Before donating the snake, the 59-year-old showed him off to the guests. Director Werner Herzog, who was in attendance, tried to convince Cage to put Harvey in a film. However, Nicolas Cage really cared about Harvey and refused Herzog’s offer to show him off in movies.

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How much is Nicolas Cage’s net worth?

Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage

Starting as an actor on television, Nicolas Cage made his acting debut in 1981. He later went on to star on the silver screen. The actor’s first starring role came in Valley Girl (1983), a lighthearted romance about suburban punk rockers. Over the years, the actor has been part of various films and has a net worth estimated at $25 million. The 59-year-old enjoyed a net worth that was six times this amount. 

Cage later expanded his portfolio as he dabbled in production. After several lackluster films in the early 1990s, he earned critical acclaim with his Oscar-winning performance as a self-destructive alcoholic writer in Leaving Las Vegas.

Cage’s net worth has been a tribute to his financial choices throughout his financial journey, which has been full of highs and lows. His trajectory has been surprising, going from one of Hollywood’s highest earners to getting into debt.

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Source: GQ

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