October 3, 2005

Nicolas Cage gives Superman’s birth name to son

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage's
wife of 14 months gave birth on Monday to the couple's first
child together, a son they named Kal-el -- a moniker recognized
by comic book fans as the birth name of Superman.

The child's delivery in New York City and his full name,
Kal-el Coppola Cage, were confirmed by the actor's publicist,
Annett Wolf, who said of the family, "They are healthy and
happy and it's quite lovely."

No further details were released, including how the actor
and his wife, Alice Kim Cage, were inspired to borrow from the
mythology of Superman in naming their child.

Cage is known as an avid comic book devotee who once sold
his personal collection, including a copy of Superman's 1938
pulp debut, at auction for more than $1.6 million.

The nephew of famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the
actor adopted his own stage surname from the Marvel Comics
superhero Luke Cage.

Cage also was at one time slated to star in a Superman
movie under the direction of Tim Burton, a project that
ultimately was scrapped and replaced by a newer Warner Bros.
remake expected for release next summer.

The 41-year-old actor and his wife, a former sushi waitress
about 20 years his junior, met at a nightclub last year before
marrying on July 30, 2004.

Cage has a 15-year-old son, Weston, by a prior relationship
with actress Kristina Fulton. His previous marriages to actress
Patricia Arquette and singer Lisa Marie Presley ended in
divorce. Kal-el is his current wife's first child.

The prolific performer won an Academy Award as best actor
for his 1995 role as an alcoholic bent on suicide in "Leaving
Las Vegas." In his latest film, "Lord of War," he portrays an
arms dealer.