He was once one of Hollywood’s highest paid stars, earning up to £15 million for a film.
But recently the 57-year-old actor has been filmed for the wrong reasons — being kicked out of a fancy Las Vegas restaurant this week after getting drunk with staff.
Nichols was “mistaken for a homeless man” by onlookers because of his disfigured appearance after knocking back expensive whiskey.
actor – who was once a pin-up star – has been in some big blockbusters including National Treasure and Con-Air since gaining fame in 1983.
But over the years he has blown away a fortune of £110million on singular purchases.
These range from a £110,000 octopus to a stolen dinosaur skull worth £219,000.
The star – who has been married five times – was essentially broke by the time he hit his forties.
Nichols previously blamed his accountant for sending him “a path down the road toward financial ruin.”
But when you can’t resist splurge on sea creatures, 11th-century palaces and charming private islands, it’s easy to see where Nicholas’ cash has gone.
Here we take a closer look at some of the star’s most unusual splashes.
Earlier this year, Nichols married Rico Shibata for the fifth time at the Wynn Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.
Nicholas bought his new bride, who is 30 years younger than him, a black and gold diamond engagement ring completely customized to her favorite colors.
He has been married four times before Rico – including one to Erika Koike in March 2019, which ended after just four days.
The couple had been dating for over a year before the marriage broke up in less than a week.
Nichols originally tried to annul the marriage after four days, claiming that he was “too drunk” to marry.
However, Erica reportedly opposed the annulment and claimed the support of a spouse – although it is unclear whether she received any money.
Before him, Nicolas was married to actress Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001.
He was also famously married to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, but their marriage lasted just three months.
The couple reportedly had a fierce dispute that saw her £47,550 six-carat yellow diamond engagement ring thrown into the sea.
Shortly after their divorce, Nichols married Alice Kim in 2004—who is the mother of their youngest son, 15-year-old Kal-El—before their divorce in 2016.
£110,000 on ‘Easy’ Octopus
He may have recently played Joe Exotic in Amazon’s now-axed Tiger King TV series, but Nichols loves exotic animals in real life.
In a spree, he spent £202,000 ($276,000) on two venomous cobras and an octopus.
The octopus alone set Cage back £109.400 ($150,000) and he told LA Times He found his eight-trap friend “cool”.
He also claimed that the octopus made him a better actor.
£11.6 million on palaces
Similarly to his character in National Treasure, Nichols becomes enchanted to find the Holy Grail.
In fact, he became so obsessed that he bought two castles in Europe for £5.8million ($8m) each.
He spent an additional few million to remodel and spruce both palaces.
The first was an 11th-century Bavarian castle in Etzelwang, Germany, and his second was in Bath, which led him to taste the waters of the Chalice Well at Glastonbury.
His discovery eventually led him to explore Rhode Island in the States.
When asked if he got the grill, Cage simply asked the new York Times: “What is Grail but Earth itself?” Deep.
£2.5million haunted house
In 2007, in the hopes of writing a horror novel one day, Nichols splashed £2.5 million ($3.45 million) on the LaLaurie Mansion in New Orleans – believed to be one of the most haunted houses in the world.
The mansion once belonged to serial killer Madame Delphine LaLaurie – whose story was told in a series of American Horror Story.
Between 1787 and 1849, he tortured and murdered countless slaves in his home.
Unfortunately, Nichols lost the home – along with another mansion – to foreclosure in 2009, as it owed the Internal Revenue Service £10 million in taxes.
And the novel? “I didn’t go very far,” he told Vanity Fair.
£219,000 Stolen Dinosaur Skull
One of Nichols’ strangest splurges was on a 67-million-year-old pterosaur dinosaur skull in 2007 for more than £218,800 ($300k).
The actor also reportedly outclassed Leonardo DiCaprio at an auction for the relic.
Nicholas later learned that the head had been stolen from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.
Contacted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2014, the actor agreed to hand it over to the Mongolian police so that it could be returned.
9 Feet Pyramid Tombstone
Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans is a nine-foot pyramidal tombstone that reads in Latin, “omni ab uno,” meaning “one to all.”
Nichols bought twin plots in the cemetery below and built a pyramid on top of them in 2010.
Last year, the Face/Off actor was seen accompanying Rico to his tombstone – and it is believed that he will be buried there when he dies.
Although it is unknown how much he paid for the pyramid, it is safe to say that it was not cheap.
£5million island and £18million house
It’s safe to say that Nicholas has expensive taste, and at one point, he owned 15 properties at once.
His portfolio includes a £18.2million ($25m) waterfront home in Newport Beach, California, as well as a £11.5million ($15.7m) countryside property in Newport, Rhode Island and a £6.2million ($8.5m) property in Las Vegas was claimed. .
On top of that, he’s got two private islands in the Bahamas.
He paid a whopping £5.1million ($7m) for the 40-acre island south of Nassau.
50 cars, 30 motorbikes and 4 yachts
Nicholas has a very extensive vehicle collection, which includes over 50 rare cars, 30 motorbikes, and four giant yachts.
His most expensive yacht was said to cost £14.6 million ($20 million), and had 12 master bedrooms.
The most he spent on a car was an eye-watering £729,600 ($1m) for a Ferrari Enzo, one of only 349 built in the world.
He also owned a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, which he proudly displayed in his game room at home, which many celebs said was a conversation piece.
In addition, he owned about nine Rolls-Royce cars, and a £328,400 ($450,000) Ferrari purchased in 1997 that was once owned by the Shah of Iran.