Richard Gere was born on August 31, 1949 in Philadelphia. He is as active as a Humanitarian as he is an actor. He started early as a musician, he used to play a number of musical instruments in his school and wrote music for his high school productions. He joined a college but left it to pursue a career in acting. His first recognition in movies came with the 1977 film, ‘Looking for Mr. Goodbar.’ He has a pretty interesting life and career in films and so here are 7 little known facts about Richard Gere:
#1: He was named as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1999 by People Magazine, a title the magazine has been giving to a celebrity every year.
#2: Gere was banned from the Oscar one year when he made an anti china comment on air at the 1993 ceremony.
#3: People Magazine chosen him as one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1991.
#4: Being an accomplished music person; he composed and performed the piano solo featured in ‘Pretty Woman.’
#5: He turned down the Lead Role in Die Hard, which went to Bruce Willis.
#6: John Travolta turned down three films which then went to Richard Gere and made him a valuable star in Hollywood: ‘Days of Heaven’, ‘American Gigolo’ and ‘An Officer and A Gentleman.’
#7: He turned down the role of Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street’, he regretted that decision.
#8: As big an actor and star he is, he is yet to be nominated for an Oscar.
#9: He was accused of having affairs with Priscilla Presley and Kim Basinger in the books penned by Presley’s ex-boyfriend Michael Edwards and Basinger’s ex-husband Ron Snyder.