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Nicolas Cage's dad, August Coppola, dead at 75

October 29, 2009 |  8:43 pm

Nic cage August Coppola -- father of Nicolas Cage and brother of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire-- died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a heart attack, Cage's publicist reports.

Among other things, Nicolas' dad was a professor of literature at Cal State Long Beach and later a cinema professor and dean of the School of Creative Arts at San Francisco State.

Read more about the life of August Coppola here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Nicolas Cage with "Bad Lieutenant" director Werner Herzog on Sept. 15 at the 34th annual Toronto International Film Festival. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press