11/30. To stand out from his famous relatives, he chose “Cage,” inspired by the African-American comic book superhero Luke Cage.
12/30. He met his first wife, Patricia Arquette, at a deli in Los Angeles. During their courtship, she asked him to bring her J.D. Salinger’s signature on something to prove that he really loved her (he did).
13/30. In "Birdy" (1984), he played a ladies man who was severely wounded in Vietnam, and during production, he decided to get his teeth pulled in real life so that he could “connect with some kind of physical pain.”
14/30. Not just a strange guy, Nicolas Cage donated $1 million to Hurricane Katrina victims.
15/30. He has served as a UN Goodwill Ambassador for Global Justice since 2010, recently calling for greater efforts to help human trafficking victims in Nov. 2013.