Ten fun facts about Richard Gere

Fact 1
Growing up, Richard Gere was a diehard musician. He played numerous instruments during high school and even wrote music for high school productions.

Fact 2
In 1969, after two years of studying at the University of Massachusetts he left college to pursue an acting career which started off in musicals and plays.

Fact 3
In 1993 Richard Gere was banned from the Oscars after making anti-China comments.

Fact 4
According to People Magazine Richard Gere was voted the sexiest man alive in 1991. He was also chosen by People Magazine in 1991 as one of the most beautiful people in the world.

Fact 5
Two conditions were proposed by Richard Gere in retort to China's invitation to one of their film festivals. He had to be allowed to bring his own interpreter and he should be allowed to stay in Taipei, Taiwan during his trip.

Fact 6
Childhood friend, Herb Ritts became a top photographer when people handling Richard Gere's earlier photos were highly impressed by his work.

Fact 7
Three noted film roles that led to him becoming a star were all three formerly turned down by John Travolta. The films were “Days of Heaven”, “American Gigolo”, and “An Officer and a Gentleman”.

Fact 8
The former Boy Scout, Richard Gere has been very active in AIDS fundraising.

Fact 9
Richard Gere rose to fame after this role in the film “American Gigolo” in 1980. After that movie, he was also considered a hot sex symbol of the times.

Fact 10
Some of the movies that he acted in and which went on to become huge hits included “Pretty Woman”, “An Officer And A Gentleman”, “Chicago” and “Primal Fear”. He won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in “Chicago”.

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Is a Philadelphia born actor known well for his conversion to Buddhism and his staunch following of this faith.