Voted sexiest man alive in 1999, Richard Gere will always be a Hollywood sex symbol. However, the actor brought to life much more than steamy romance during his four-decade career. Playing everyone from a corrupt police officer to a hedge fund magnate, Gere showed his versatility in a variety of big and small roles. In keeping with his upbringing, he chose projects that interested him, instead of just lucrative ones. Gere came from humble origins that influenced how he navigated the pitfalls of fame, though it was an existential crisis and an abandoned philosophy degree that drove him to embrace Buddhism and activism full time. Now 71 years old, Gere is married for the third time, welcomed his third child in April 2020, and has no plans of changing his career patterns.